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.
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.
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.
- 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)