The Professional School Counselor Academy is a nine-month professional development program for persons whose responsibilities include the implementation or oversight of college and career readiness at the campus and/or district level. It is sponsored by the Texas Education Agency and implemented by Texas Tech University in collaboration with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Applicants should be prepared to participate in all three phases:

Phase I: Fall Symposium held in early October;

Phase II: Independent action-learning project and online learning modules; and,

Phase III: Summer Symposium held in mid-June.

Featured Speakers and Topics:

Symposium speakers include Texas Education Agency staff, Regional Education Service Center (ESC) CTE Specialists, and district administrators and counselors. Topics include:

  • Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006
  • State Laws and Rules for Career and Technical Education
  • State and Federal Funding for Career and Technical Education
  • School Counseling State Policies and Mandates
  • PBMS – Performance Based Monitoring System
  • SAAH – Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, Section 5 Career and Technical Education
  • PEIMS – Public Education Information Management System
  • Globalization, Workforce Trends, and Using Regional Data to Drive Education Decisions
  • Student Industry Certifications
  • Career Clusters, Programs of Study, Articulated Credit and College Connections
  • Leadership, Fostering Effective Partnerships, and Advisory Committees
  • Special Populations
  • Other topics based on the needs of the Academy participants.

For additional information about the Professional School Counselor Academy contact:

Cynthia L. Miller
AchieveTexas Project Assistant
Texas Tech University


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