Oklahoma School Counselors
For the last few years, Oklahoma school counselors and other educators have been feeling a little bit unappreciated.
In the '05-'06 school year, Oklahoma ranked 48th in the nation for average teacher salary at $39,772. Oklahoma school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.
However, the tides have turned and perceptions toward education have changed. Citizens of Oklahoma have begun to demand officials take notice of their lagging performance in education.
In a January 23rd, 2008 press release, Governor Brad Henry spoke out regarding a new push for raising educator salaries:
“By making teachers and public education a top funding priority, we send the message that Oklahoma is committed to building a highly educated workforce to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. That approach helps our citizens and makes our state more attractive for new and expanding business and industry,” the governor said.
It is likely school counselors will see continual raises in the future that increase in magnitude. As education becomes a higher priority for Oklahoma, so will the notions of assessing achievements. School counselors will be called upon to employ their expertise in student psychology and in the process of breaking down learning barriers.
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.
The Oklahoma school counseling career is one showing significant security in the future which is of high importance to educators living in a state that has not previously catered well to educators.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as an Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Lawton, Broken Arrow, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.