Alaska School Counselors
The Alaska school counselor career is attracting many of the best and brightest in the educational system for a few reasons:
Reason one being the average school counselor's salary is $5,000 to $10,000 more than a teacher. In addition, funding for education is projected to be on the rise.
Featured Universities with School Counseling Programs
NYU Steinhardt's accredited master of arts program in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling. Through this online program, you will gain the skills you need to become a professional Pre-K-12 school counselor, working with children and families in your community to foster academic achievement and success. Click here to contact New York University and request information about their programs.
Capella University offers four online CACREP-accredited Graduate Programs in Counseling: MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.
Governor Sarah Palin recently announced a three year school funding proposal (beginning 2008-2009). Under the proposed plan, the state of Alaska would be infusing $1 billion into the public educational system each year. She was quoted in a Dec. 7th 2007 press release:
"I believe it is critical to shift the annual debate from how much are we going to spend on education to how we can be innovative and work to improve the outcome of our education system,” said Governor Palin.
As for a second reason for attracting some of Alaska's brightest, Alaskan school counselors are in a position to apply their expertise directly when creating curriculum or when seeking to make connections with students from the elementary to secondary grade levels.
From the school year of '95-'96 to the '05-'06 school year, Alaska school counselors helped increase the number of high school graduates by 28% (according to NEA research). School counseling in Alaska has been proving its own necessity in advancing the educational process through example and Alaska's governor has obviously taken notice.
Finally, the Alaska school counseling career is highly rewarding and emotionally charged. As an Alaska school counselor, you will be endowed with the responsibility of breaking down learning barriers for all students. Unlike teachers, you will have the opportunity to individually affect the lives of those who need your help the most.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as an Alaska School Counselor.
- Capella University Master of Science (MS) in Human Services - School Counseling Specialization - CACREP and State Approved**
- New York University (NYU) Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance - School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling - MPCAC Accredited
- Northwestern University - CACREP-Accredited Online Master of Arts in Counseling (meets requirements to become a school counselor)
- UMass Online (Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling - NEASC and State-Approved program)