Maine School Counselors
Many Maine educators and career changers are becoming increasingly attracted to the Maine school counseling career.
There are various reasons for this trend, one being the salary benefits. Over the '05-'06 school year, Maine's average teacher salary was ranked 40th in the nation at $40,737. Maine school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.
In addition, Maine has a significant amount of room to spread funding around to the most necessary areas in public education. While teacher salaries were ranked 40th in the nation, funding per pupil in Maine during the same school year was ranked 9th in the nation.
As educational assessments take more of a prominent role with regard to creating educational programs and distributing funds, Maine school counselors will likely experience increasing salaries as well as greater job security.
In an August 23rd, 2007 press release, Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron was quoted saying the following regarding Maine's educational assessments:
“These results, which include individual schools and statewide data for grades 3 through 8, will provide rich information to us and to schools, allowing data-driven decision-making on implementing Maine’s Learning Results,” said Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron. “This provides a great tool for improving teaching and learning.”
This is good news for those who are in educational careers that involve student psychology expertise. Maine's public educational future will be shrouded in the breaking down of learning barriers for all students.
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.
School counseling in Maine is a career with a promising future and one that offers great rewards for those interested in helping Maine's youth grow into productive and responsible citizens or tomorrow.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a Maine 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 Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Auburn, Augusta, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.