California School Counselors

California has been trying hard to be a model for public education across the United States. This has led many of the best and brightest educators from San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento and all across the state of California to look more closely at the California school counseling career.

With average California teacher salaries in the '05-'06 school year being ranked #1 in the U.S. and with average school counselor salaries being $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers, California school counselors are poised to do quite well.

In addition, many educators are attracted to the school counseling profession for the liberty they have with creating curriculum and infusing their own ideas. Education is leaning more and more toward a results oriented and accountability based system. This being the case, educational programs are going to be based more on the psychology of breaking down learning barriers than ever before and school counselors are going to be one group leading the way with their expertise.

State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell stated his motivation in the following February 5th, 2008 press release:

"It is important for Congress, even at this early stage, to make its concerns known and call for meaningful reform coupled with the right kind of investments in education."

The California school counselor career is gaining momentum in the eyes of those who have the power to effect funding and the system of education.

Finally, one of the greatest draws toward the school counseling career is the opportunity for counselors to effect the individual lives of those students who need the most help. Forging relationships and making a noticeable difference in students' lives makes the California school counseling career one of the most rewarding professions out there.

Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a California 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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