Kentucky School Counselors

Across the country it's a race toward student achievement. Our chances for success as a country relies more heavily than ever on the shoulders of our youth. As a result, our educational policies are reflecting this truth more than ever before.

For this reason, many of the best and brightest educators and career changers are flocking toward the Kentucky school counseling career.

Policy makers are looking for the expertise necessary for designing truly effective curriculum and educational programs that lift overall student achievement. The expertise has landed in the laps of those skilled in student psychology, Kentucky school counselors.

The following is a quote from Education Commissioner Jon E. Draud regarding the newest assessment and accountability task force as well as the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) on March 6th, 2008:

“A major objective is to achieve consensus by Democratic and Republican policymakers on the makeup of the assessment and accountability system,... All policymakers want what’s best for students, and this task force will provide the means to achieve that."

The trends in accountability holds consequences in all areas of the system such as funding. In the '05-'06 school year, Kentuck ranked 33rd in nation for teacher salaries at $42,592. Kentucky school counselors typically make $5,000 to $10,000 more a year than teachers.

From a job security standpoint, it is inevitable more funding will go toward beefing up those areas responsible for increasing student achievement and success rates.

Finally, many more people are becoming interested in the Kentucky school counseling career simply for their ability to touch the lives of more students on an individual basis. The Kentucky school counseling career may be one of the most rewarding occupations in education today.

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

Whether you are from Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington, Frankfort, 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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