Mississippi School Counselors

Mississippi school counseling is continually becoming a more popular and attractive career to educators and career changers.

In the '05-'06 school year, Mississippi ranked 41st in the nation for average teacher salary at $40,576. Mississippi school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

Secondly, the process in which curriculum and educational programs are developed is changing and employing school counselors and their expertise in the field of breaking down learning barriers. Mississippi is devoted to do more than just keep pace with the rest of the country and world. The only way to do this is to continually improve our public education.

This process of education reform and the use of highly trained individuals in the field of student psychology is projected to become more evident in the future. Governor Haley Barbour is quoted here from a January 21st, 2008 press release of his State of the State Address:

"My budget reflects the fact that public education is the number one economic development issue in our state, and it is the number one quality of life issue... My budget funds education reforms so we can get better results for the money we spend. And that is the test in education. What are the results we demand and achieve for our children?"

The Mississippi school counseling career is a highly rewarding career. You will touch many lives and help guide Mississippi into a brighter future. Find out more and learn whether the school counseling career is right for you.

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

Whether you are from Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Southaven, Greenville, 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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