Tennessee School Counselors

Tennessee has been attracting more and more educators and professionals from other industries toward the school counseling career.

With increasing emphasis being placed on assessments, accountability and recognition with each passing year, state departments of education across the country have been forced to take a closer look at what exactly is the recipe for closing achievement gaps and increasing overall school success.

The following is a quote by Governor Bredesen from a January 18th, 2008 TDOE press release regarding Education Week's ranking of Tennessee at 16th in the nation:

“When you put good polices in place to improve education and the resources behind them to support that-you see real progress,” said Governor Bredesen. “This report shows that we are on the right track, from a great pre-Kindergarten program to expanded opportunities for post secondary education.”

Tennessee school counselors have been finding and will continue to find more often that their expertise is in high demand. We will find an implementation of student psychology in the development of new curriculum and educational programs much more often in the future.

Tennessee school counselors are already seeing indications of their necessity in the form of increasing salaries. In the '05-'06 school year, Tennessee ranked 34th in the nation for average teacher salary at $42,537. Tennessee school counselors will typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

Tennessee school counseling is a career on the move. The future looks bright with both job security and increasing salaries. Lastly, the perk that drives most people toward this career is the ability school counselors have to make a real difference in the lives of those students who need the most assistance. The emotional rewards of watching a young student overcome obstacles and begin to flourish or a troubled teenager who turns over a new leaf are what this career is truly about.

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

Whether you are from Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.

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