Arizona School Counselor

From Phoenix to Tucson to Mesa and across the state of Arizona, many educators are being drawn toward the perks of the school counseling career.

While in the 2005-2006 school year, Arizona ranked 24th in average teacher salary. The Arizona school counselor's average salary is typically around $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.

In addition, during the '05-'06 school year, Arizona ranked 50th among the United States in expenditure per student at $5,791. The national average was $9,749. This being the case, Arizona allocated their budget in order to raise the average educators' pay to 24th in the nation. These statistics indicate what is most important in the minds of those directing the future of Arizona public education is educators.

People are also being drawn toward the Arizona school counseling career for the more active role they play in the creation of curriculum and in making connections with students who need the most assistance in breaking down learning barriers.

From the '95-'96 school year to the '05-'06 school year, Arizona school counselors aided in a 95.9% increase in the number of Arizona high school graduates.

With numbers like these, the future of Arizona school counselors looks to be quite strong.

Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as an Arizona School Counselor.

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**Some states require completion of a state-approved School Counselor preparation program from a regionally accredited institution in order to be licensed as a school counselor. Capella University is regionally accredited and their School Counseling specialization is state-approved by the Arizona Department of Education. We recommend that you follow up with your state Department of Education (DOE) to determine whether Capella's Arizona- approved School Counseling specialization meets your state's licensure requirements.

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