North Carolina School Counselors

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is taking large strides toward attracting some of the best and brightest into the North Carolina school counseling career.

With the aid of assessment and various distinctions recognizing school improvements, North Carolina school counselors have had more opportunities to show how their expertise can affect the overall achievement of North Carolina students.

In a February 12th, 2008 press release, State Superintendent June Atkinson is quoted in regard to three North Carolina middle school receiving the "Schools to Watch" distinction:

"These schools prove that students can and will meet higher expectations if you believe in them and provide them with the proper support and encouragement."

North Carolina school counselors should fill a continually larger role in the development of curriculum and educational programs in the future. Additional importance in the educational process should also result in extra career benefits such as increasing salaries as well as job security.

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

Whether you are from Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, 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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