Oregon School Counselors
Many of Oregon's best and brightest educators and career changers are being drawn toward the Oregon school counseling career.
There are a few reasons for this. The obvious reason might be the competitive professional salary. In the '05-'06 school year, Oregon ranked 15th in the nation for average teacher salary at $50,044. Oregon school counselor will typically earn $5,000 to $8,000 more each year than teachers.
Secondly, the increasing trend of assessments and accountability have created a much more open environment with regard to implementing student psychology over tradition while creating new curriculum and educational programs. For Oregon school counselors, this translates to higher demand for their expertise and greater job security.
The following is a quote from a March 20th, 2008 press release. State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo speaks in regard to 16 Oregon schools "Making Strong Gains in Closing the Achievement Gap":
“There is a great deal we can learn from these schools about the power of high expectations, about the importance of strong leadership, and about what we can accomplish when we keep our eyes on the goal,” Castillo said. “These awards highlight the successes and growth of schools from around the state that, despite great challenges, are showing us that it can be done – we can reduce the achievement gap and ensure success for all of Oregon’s students.”
Finally, the Oregon school counselor career is one of a few jobs in education where you have the opportunity to work one on one with students who need your assistance. Perhaps this might be the most important reason why most become Oregon school counselors in the first place.
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. The MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy program is also COAMFTE-accredited. In addition, Capella has program options in Addiction Studies, Studies in Human Behavior, General Psychology, Clinical Counseling, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport Psychology, and more. 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 an Oregon 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 Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Beaverton, Medford, Bend, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.