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.

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.

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.

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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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