Texas School Counselors

Many of the best and brightest educators and career changers in Texas are considering the Texas school counseling career.

With increasing incentives for achievement and recognition, the field of education is changing its landscape from one steeped in tradition to one that is progressive and seeking to adapt to the demands of a global economy.

The following is a quote by Governor Rick Perry from a January 28th, 2008 press release regarding the establishment of the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding:

"Establishing an innovative incentive-based performance funding system is essential to furthering Texas’ goal of having institutions of higher education prepare students for the demands and opportunities of the 21st century marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "We must change the paradigm from funding institutions solely based on students enrolled to funding based more on the quality of students produced."

The changes that are currently underway in education are what is driving many toward the Texas school counseling career. As accountability becomes a larger factor, school counselors and their student psychology expertise will be an essential ingredient in the development of curriculum and educational programs.

With increasing demand for Texas school counselors' skills, there will also be increasing pressure for higher salaries. In the '05-'06 school year, Texas teachers' salaries averaged $41,744. School counselor salaries are typically $5,000 to $10,000 more than teachers.

Finally, even with all the momentum of education making the Texas school counselor career a wise choice, the biggest draw toward the particular career is still about the emotional rewards. When a young student overcomes emotional obstacles to make it to the next grade or a troubled teenager turning over a new leaf and applying to college, you will know the real value of your work as a school counselor.

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

Whether you are from Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, 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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