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.

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

Campus-based Schools:

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Campus Locations:
Washington | Irvine

Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision , M.A. Counseling Psychology , Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting , more...

Online Schools:

Wake Forest University
Online Programs:
Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling

Liberty University
Online Programs:
M.Ed. - School Counseling , PhD in Counseling - Professional Counseling , PhD Counseling: Advanced Clinical Skills , more...

Keiser University Graduate School
Online Programs:
Psychology, PhD

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Online Programs:
Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate , B.A. in Psychology , M.A. Psychology , more...

Grand Canyon University
Online Programs:
M.S. in Christian Counseling , M.S. in Christian Counseling of Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders , M.S. in Psychology: General Psychology , more...

Northcentral University
Online Programs:
Mental Health Policy and Practice - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology , Psychology - BA , General Psychology - PhD of Psychology , more...

Argosy University
Online Programs:
Counseling Psychology(EdD) (Online) , Psychology (BA) (Online) , Psychology (AA) (Online)

The University of Liverpool
Online Programs:
MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology , MSc in Psychology

Post University
Online Programs:
M.S. in Human Services - Clinical Counseling , B.S. in Human Services / Counseling , B.A. in Psychology , more...

Florida Tech University Online
Online Programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy , Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology , Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

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.

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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.