Montana School Counselors

The educational environment in Montana is changing. As necessity gives way to the creation of a public education system in need of reform, Montana school counselors are poised to see higher salaries and greater job security.

“It is my firm belief that the investment we make in our children not only defines us as policymakers, today, it defines the legacy we leave for Montana in the future.” - Governor Brian Schweitzer, Status Report 2008

The future of public education in Montana has school counselors heavily involved in curriculum and educational program development. There is a strong need to implement student psychology and the concepts behind breaking down learning barriers in the creation of new programs.

Montana school counselor expertise is shown to be in high demand when looking at salaries as well. In the '05-'06 school year, Montana ranked 47th in the nation for teacher salary at $39,832. Montana school counselors will typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

However, above job security and increasing salaries, the largest draw for most people looking into the Montana school counseling career is the emotional rewards. School counseling is one of the few careers in education where you truly will have the opportunity to affect lives deeply in need of assistance.

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

Whether you are from Billings, Missoula, Great Fall, Bozeman, Helena, 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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