Indiana School Counselors

Why are so many educators and career changers interested in the Indiana school counseling career?

This may be a question asked by many, but not those who understand what is going on in the Indiana school system. Indiana has had many school districts performing at very high levels. Much of this is due in part to the expertise of Indiana school counselors in student psychology and in the creation of curriculum and educational programs designed to break down learning barriers for all students.

Many educators are seeing the value of school counselors and the knowledge they possess. Therefore, those who wish to make the biggest difference in the lives of those students who most need assistance are entering the field.

In addition, Indiana school counseling salaries are becoming increasingly attractive. In the '05-'06 school year, Indiana ranked 19th in average school salary at $47,255. Indiana school counselors will typically bring home $5,000 to $10,000 more a year than teachers.

Finally, job security is a function of how valuable your career is to the goal of your industry. The following is an excerpt from a Feb. 14th, 2008 press release:

Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed announced today that 177 Hoosier public schools were honored with Four Star School Awards for the 2006-2007 school year. The award is the highest state distinction and is based on student achievement on ISTEP+ assessments and overall attendance rates.

Ratings and school district awards for achievement are a trend that reflect the bigger picture of accountability for the value of our education system. As our economy becomes increasingly globalized, this trend will only become more self-evident. As a result, those careers that have the most impact on the success of students will have the greatest job security.

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

Whether you are from Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Gary, Hammond 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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