Hawaii School Counselors

Why are so many of the best and brightest educators and career changers in Hawaii being drawn toward the school counseling profession?

For one, the salaries are attractive and continue to move upward. Hawaii average teaching salaries in the '05-'06 school year ranked 16th in nation at $49,292. Hawaii school counseling salaries are typically $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.

Secondly, as a school counselor you are going to have many opportunities to make a difference in Hawaii's educational system and to be a positive influence on students. School counselors are increasingly being called upon to use their expertise in developing curriculum and educational programs that more effectively break down learning barriers of students.

In a February 12th, 2008 press release, the Hawaii Department of Education expressed what is most important in the eyes of government officials and the public:

"Niu Valley Middle School and Kealakehe High School have met Adequate Yearly Progress, raising the final total to 184 out of 282, or 65%. That compares to the 2005-06 final of only 100 that met AYP, or 35.5%."

Accountability and improvement is what really matter now and will matter even more so in the future. Incorporating knowledge of student psychology and contemporary learning theory to address curriculum and educational shortcomings will be the way of the future. Such trends are creating job stability for all Hawaii school counselors.

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

Whether you are from Hilo on the Big Island, Maui, Honolulu on Oahu or anywhere else across the island state, you will find the school counseling career 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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