Missouri School Counselors

Even during hard economic times, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is helping to draw educators and career changers toward the teaching and school counseling professions.

From a January 16th, 2008 press release, the Missouri Department of Education comments on Gov. Blunts' State of the State address:

Gov. Blunt recommended an increase of $121 million in basic aid to public schools next year (2008-09) through the state foundation program, plus additional funds for several other important K-12 education initiatives.

Such strong support for education is helping Missouri employ the expertise of Missouri school counseling and their student psychology expertise to continue developing curriculum and educational programs designed to teach concepts as well as break down learning barriers for all students.

As Missouri's public education continues to advance, the necessity for school counselors in producing motivated and mature students will become much more evident. The job outlook for Missouri school counselors looks to be quite strong.

As a result of school counselors highly essential expertise in the education process, salaries are beginning to represent their importance. In the '05-'06 school year, Missouri ranked 42nd in the nation for teacher salaries at $40,462. Missouri school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

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

Whether you are from Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, 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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