Illinois School Counselors
Education is a team effort. Illinois school counselors have been vital in the success of Illinois' public schools. From using their expertise in student psychology and breaking down learning barriers to aiding in the development of curriculum and educational programs, Illinois school counselors have been doing more than pulling their weight.
These are some of the reasons why many are flocking into the career. More responsibility, more respect and higher salaries. In the '05-'06 school year, Illinois ranked 4th in average teacher salary at $58,686. School counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year.
As funding keeps rolling in, those who have proven essential in the push toward higher standards will continue to reap the rewards. In a January 31st, 2008 press release, State Superintendent Christopher A. Kock reflected on the past year's achievements:
“It is also noteworthy to see that many schools continue to maintain this achievement year after year. Making the Illinois Honor Roll is an achievement that should be celebrated. It represents the hard work that takes place in the classroom everyday.”
Illinois school counselors are vital to helping all other educators understand how to break down learning barriers and to help an entire school succeed. So, if you are interested in helping Illinois' youth become the most well-adjusted and prepared citizens that they can be, find out how you can become an Illinois school counselor.
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.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as an Illinois 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 Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Naperville, Peoria, Springfield or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.