Connecticut School Counselors

The necessity of Connecticut school counselors' expertise is becoming more and more evident in all levels of public education.

From a January 28th, 2008 press release, Commissioner Mark K. McQuillan was quoted saying the following:

"This work is about taking joint responsibility for our state’s neediest children by forming partnerships between the Department and local school districts and providing support, resources and guidance to achieve common goals. This effort represents a strong step forward in addressing Connecticut’s biggest educational challenge—closing the achievement gap."

As the development of curriculum and educational programs increasingly rely on the psychology of breaking learning barriers and Connecticut school counselors' knowledge, many of the best and brightest educators are being drawn to the profession.

In addition to the political importance of the position, there are many more perks to the Connecticut school counseling career.

At $59,304, the average teaching salary in Connecticut during the '05-'06 school year ranked the state 2nd in the nation. School counselors typically are paid $5,000 to $10,000 more per year than teachers making the school counseling salary in Connecticut quite attractive.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with increasing frequency, Connecticut school counselors are finding themselves in authoritative and autonomous positions when it comes to working with students and other faculty. New privileges and respect is providing school counselors with the ability to use their expertise to effect the lives of those students who need the most assistance.

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