Iowa School Counselors
The Iowa school counseling career has recently been attracting many educators and career changers. The reasons are many, including Iowa's newly found respect for student psychology expertise, the school counselor's ability to make a great difference in individual students' lives, and greater salaries.
In the '05-'06 school year, Iowa ranked 39th with average teacher salary at $41,083. This number continues to move up, but currently is serving to push more educators and career changers in the school counseling or administrative roles. Iowa school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.
In addition, while many teachers are bogged down with the daily workload of preparation and delivery of curriculum, school counselors are able to focus on core issues effecting learning abilities of those students who are most in need of assistance.
Finally, Iowa is showing their acknowledgement of those who aid in developing new curriculum and new educational programs as well as who are catalysts for positive change in Iowa's public education system. The following is a quote from Governor Culver from a February 12th, 2008 press release regarding the signing of the Allowable Growth Bill:
“What this means, is even in a year of difficult budget decisions, one thing is certain: when we work together, and put partisan politics aside, we can do the right thing for students, parents, and teachers.”
With the onset of more ways to measure accountability, the Iowa school counseling career, as well as other professions that are based on the knowledge of school psychology and breaking down of learning barriers, is poised to see more funding and greater respect for many years to come.
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.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as an Iowa 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 Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Dubuque or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.