Kansas School Counselors

Most people think the main job of Kansas school counselors is to minimize school bullying or help students apply to college. However, many educators and career changers are entering the field and the reason is not to minimize bullying or to collect college application paperwork.

Kansas school counseling is becoming a much more attractive career for a few reasons. For one, salaries are highly competitive among other professions in the state. During the school year '05-'06, Kansas ranked 37th in average teacher salary at $41,467. School counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year.

Secondly, new curriculum and new educational programs are requiring the expertise of those who understand student psychology and the process of breaking down learning barriers. This spells out job security as well as respect from peers. This is a trend that shows no sign of slowing down as school achievement and scores become more and more important with increasingly competitive globalized business markets.

Lastly, Kansas school counselors may be one of the few educators who actually have the time and responsibility to individually affect the success rate of all students from helping with learning problems to helping students cope with issues originating at home. School counselors are charged with the responsibility of connecting with all students who need assistance.

With above average compensation as well as increasing responsibility within the system of education, the school counseling career may be the most attractive career in education today.

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

Whether you are from Wichita, Kansas City, Overland, Topeka, Olathe, 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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