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.

Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as an Illinois School Counselor.

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.

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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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