Hawaii School Counselors
Why are so many of the best and brightest educators and career changers in Hawaii being drawn toward the school counseling profession?
For one, the salaries are attractive and continue to move upward. Hawaii average teaching salaries in the '05-'06 school year ranked 16th in nation at $49,292. Hawaii school counseling salaries are typically $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.
Secondly, as a school counselor you are going to have many opportunities to make a difference in Hawaii's educational system and to be a positive influence on students. School counselors are increasingly being called upon to use their expertise in developing curriculum and educational programs that more effectively break down learning barriers of students.
In a February 12th, 2008 press release, the Hawaii Department of Education expressed what is most important in the eyes of government officials and the public:
"Niu Valley Middle School and Kealakehe High School have met Adequate Yearly Progress, raising the final total to 184 out of 282, or 65%. That compares to the 2005-06 final of only 100 that met AYP, or 35.5%."
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. The MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy program is also COAMFTE-accredited. In addition, Capella has program options in Addiction Studies, Studies in Human Behavior, General Psychology, Clinical Counseling, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport Psychology, and more. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.
Accountability and improvement is what really matter now and will matter even more so in the future. Incorporating knowledge of student psychology and contemporary learning theory to address curriculum and educational shortcomings will be the way of the future. Such trends are creating job stability for all Hawaii school counselors.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a Hawaii 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)
Whether you are from Hilo on the Big Island, Maui, Honolulu on Oahu or anywhere else across the island state, you will find the school counseling career a highly rewarding and respected career.