Maine School Counselors

Many Maine educators and career changers are becoming increasingly attracted to the Maine school counseling career.

There are various reasons for this trend, one being the salary benefits. Over the '05-'06 school year, Maine's average teacher salary was ranked 40th in the nation at $40,737. Maine school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.

In addition, Maine has a significant amount of room to spread funding around to the most necessary areas in public education. While teacher salaries were ranked 40th in the nation, funding per pupil in Maine during the same school year was ranked 9th in the nation.

As educational assessments take more of a prominent role with regard to creating educational programs and distributing funds, Maine school counselors will likely experience increasing salaries as well as greater job security.

In an August 23rd, 2007 press release, Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron was quoted saying the following regarding Maine's educational assessments:

“These results, which include individual schools and statewide data for grades 3 through 8, will provide rich information to us and to schools, allowing data-driven decision-making on implementing Maine’s Learning Results,” said Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron. “This provides a great tool for improving teaching and learning.”

This is good news for those who are in educational careers that involve student psychology expertise. Maine's public educational future will be shrouded in the breaking down of learning barriers for all students.

School counseling in Maine is a career with a promising future and one that offers great rewards for those interested in helping Maine's youth grow into productive and responsible citizens or tomorrow.

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

Whether you are from Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Auburn, Augusta, 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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