New York School Counselors

The New York Department of Education has its work cut out for them in the face of lackluster state performance scores.

However, they are doing a few things right and promoting incentives for high quality New York school counselors is one of them.

In the '05-'06 school year, New York ranked 6th in the nation for average teacher salary. New York school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

In addition, many in the field are beginning to recognize the vital importance of school counselors' expertise in student psychology and in the process of breaking down learning barriers. As motives for educational improvement and the ingredients for getting the job done align, New York school counselors should see increases in salary and additional responsibilities such as becoming more involved in development procedures.

The following is a quote from the January 30th, 2008 press release regarding 2008-2009 budget proposals and the goals for the future of New York's educational system:

"Raise overall performance to sustain the state's economy in the face of global competition... Close the divide in academic achievement along the lines of income, race and ethnicity, language and disability in elementary, middle, secondary and continuing education."

With changes in public and private education coming at a much quicker pace, school counselors and their expertise will become more and more valuable. New York school counselor career prospects look very bright.

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

Whether you are from New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Albany, 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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