Washington School Counselors

The 21st century economy we are entering is creating a fantastic environment for Washington school counselors. As we enter an era consumed with results and performance, our public education system will need to do whatever it takes to advance.

In terms of student achievement, Washington has remained relatively static for the last few years. However, global markets and our competition across the world have not.

Washington school counselors are in the driver's seat. They are the first step toward advancing our current level of education. The Washington school counselor's expertise in student psychology must take a more prominent role in the development of curriculum and educational programs.

The following is a quote by Governor Chris Gregoire during the January 15th, 2008 State of the State address:

"Let’s make sure every young person in Washington knows that if they work hard, they will have the chance to compete with anyone, anywhere in the world, for jobs in the new global economy found right here in Washington."

In addition to better job security, increasing demand on the skills of Washington school counselors will be evident in increasing salaries. In the '05-'06 school year, Washington ranked 22nd in the nation for average teacher salary. Washington school counselors typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.

However, with everything occurring in the Washington educational system, much of the reason why most Washington school counselors love their jobs is the emotional rewards of personally helping the students who are most in need.

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

Whether you are from Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, 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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