Oregon School Counselors

Many of Oregon's best and brightest educators and career changers are being drawn toward the Oregon school counseling career.

There are a few reasons for this. The obvious reason might be the competitive professional salary. In the '05-'06 school year, Oregon ranked 15th in the nation for average teacher salary at $50,044. Oregon school counselor will typically earn $5,000 to $8,000 more each year than teachers.

Secondly, the increasing trend of assessments and accountability have created a much more open environment with regard to implementing student psychology over tradition while creating new curriculum and educational programs. For Oregon school counselors, this translates to higher demand for their expertise and greater job security.

The following is a quote from a March 20th, 2008 press release. State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo speaks in regard to 16 Oregon schools "Making Strong Gains in Closing the Achievement Gap":

“There is a great deal we can learn from these schools about the power of high expectations, about the importance of strong leadership, and about what we can accomplish when we keep our eyes on the goal,” Castillo said. “These awards highlight the successes and growth of schools from around the state that, despite great challenges, are showing us that it can be done – we can reduce the achievement gap and ensure success for all of Oregon’s students.”

Finally, the Oregon school counselor career is one of a few jobs in education where you have the opportunity to work one on one with students who need your assistance. Perhaps this might be the most important reason why most become Oregon school counselors in the first place.

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

Whether you are from Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Beaverton, Medford, Bend, 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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