New Jersey School Counselors

New Jersey is home to a highly progressive public education system. New Jersey is regularly assessing its shortfalls and weaknesses in an effort to keep advancing their educational practices.

Such efforts by the state of New Jersey has made it a place where many of the best and brightest educators wish to work.

New Jersey school counselors are no exception. During the '05-'06 school year, New Jersey ranked 5th in the nation for average teacher salary at $58,156. New Jersey school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

In addition, with New Jersey's progressive approach toward the educational process as well as in the development of curriculum and educational programs, school counselors are filling a more vital role each year. More and more development procedures are calling on the expertise of those skilled in student psychology and in breaking down learning barriers.

In the following February 6th, 2008 NJDOE press release, Commissioner of Education, Lucille E. Davy, is quoted providing a statement regarding New Jersey's continued success in statewide scoring:

“In general, we see continued strong performance by New Jersey students,” the Commissioner said. “This clear evidence that the department’s intense focus on accountability and its work with local districts on the important elements that enhance teaching and learning in our schools is having an impact."

Overall, New Jersey is leading the charge with school counselors as navigators. The New Jersey school counseling career is a highly rewarding career with great future prospects from high salaries to setting one's self up for future advancement.

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

Whether you are from Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Trenton, 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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