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West Virginia School Counselors
West Virginia school counselors are an integral part of West Virginia's education system. As more weight is given to state assessments and student achievement, West Virginia will rely even more heavily on school counselors' expertise.
Student psychology and the process of breaking down learning barriers is a key element to designing curriculum and educational programs that result in the largest gains in student achievement. Therefore, West Virginia will need to take steps toward attracting the best school counselors available (in addition to other professional educator types).
Governor Joe Manchin has been doing his best to get the ball rolling for West Virginia's education reform. The following is a quote by the Governor from a January 21st, 2008 press release regarding a 5.5% pay raise for teachers in the 2008-2009 school year.
“Put together, our proposed pay package increase for teachers is a significant average of about 5½ percent,” the governor said. “So our classroom teachers would see a fair and substantial increase in their base pay. This is a well-deserved increase for our teachers and an amount that’s fiscally responsible and fair to all taxpayers.”
This is the beginning of a new push that will not lose momentum. As West Virginia businesses and citizens begin to experience the pressures of a global marketplace, they will be forced to assess the needs of students in order to create a competitive workforce for West Virginia in the future.
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.
West Virginia school counselors may have some tough work cut out for them, but they will also see increasing wages and job security.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a West Virginia 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 Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Morgantown, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.