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New Mexico School Counselors
New Mexico is beginning to attract some of the best and brightest individuals to the New Mexico school counseling career.
In the '05-'06 school year, New Mexico ranked 36th in the nation for average teacher salary at $41,637. New Mexico school counselors will typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.
In addition, New Mexico school counselors are playing a larger role in steering New Mexico public education into the future. School counselors are being called upon to provide their expertise to help develop new curriculum and educational programs.
The current trend in public education is to incorporate an understanding of student psychology to include processes of breaking down learning barriers in addition to providing the information students need to be successful later in life.
In a January 9th, 2008 press release, Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia commented on New Mexico's eduation quality scores for 2007:
"The past four years of New Mexico's Making School Work school reform policies are turning our educational system around," said Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia. "Our highest grades continue to be for the standards, assessment, and accountability systems, early childhood education, college and career readiness, and having highly qualified teachers in all of our classrooms."
The future holds many unknowns, but what is certain is job security and increasing salaries for jobs that are proven to add value to the educational system. For this reason, many of New Mexico's most progressive thinking will continue to migrate into the school counseling career.
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.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a New Mexico 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 Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Roswell, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.