Texas School Counselors
Many of the best and brightest educators and career changers in Texas are considering the Texas school counseling career.
With increasing incentives for achievement and recognition, the field of education is changing its landscape from one steeped in tradition to one that is progressive and seeking to adapt to the demands of a global economy.
The following is a quote by Governor Rick Perry from a January 28th, 2008 press release regarding the establishment of the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding:
"Establishing an innovative incentive-based performance funding system is essential to furthering Texas’ goal of having institutions of higher education prepare students for the demands and opportunities of the 21st century marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "We must change the paradigm from funding institutions solely based on students enrolled to funding based more on the quality of students produced."
The changes that are currently underway in education are what is driving many toward the Texas school counseling career. As accountability becomes a larger factor, school counselors and their student psychology expertise will be an essential ingredient in the development of curriculum and educational programs.
With increasing demand for Texas school counselors' skills, there will also be increasing pressure for higher salaries. In the '05-'06 school year, Texas teachers' salaries averaged $41,744. School counselor salaries are typically $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.
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.
Finally, even with all the momentum of education making the Texas school counselor career a wise choice, the biggest draw toward the particular career is still about the emotional rewards. When a young student overcomes emotional obstacles to make it to the next grade or a troubled teenager turning over a new leaf and applying to college, you will know the real value of your work as a school counselor.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a Texas 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 Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.