Vermont School Counselors

Vermont is one of the leading states for quality of public education. However, many educators and career changers are becoming more interested and attracted particularly to the Vermont school counseling career.

There are a few reasons for this trend. Higher salaries is one powerful reason. In the '05-'06 school year, Vermont ranked 20th in the nation for average teacher salary at $46,622. Vermont school counselors typically earn $5,000 ot $10,000 more each year.

One issue that is likely more important than current school counselor salaries is the current trends of assessments and comparison of our public education to the best in the world. These trends are forcing policy makers to discard tradition and habit for doing whatever it takes! In other words, Vermont school counselor expertise is going to become increasingly valuable in the curriculum and educational program development stage.

The following is a quote by Governor Jim Douglas during the January 10th, 2008 State of the State address:

"For Vermont’s economy to produce quality, high-paying jobs in the future, we must be competitive with countries around the globe. Our ability to compete depends on our education system."

Vermont school counselors are poised to reap the rewards associated with their expertise for years to come. However, the most influential reason why most are interested in becoming school counselors is the emotional reward of helping Vermont's children to succeed.

Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a Vermont School Counselor.

Whether you are from Burlington, Essex, Rutland, 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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