West Virginia School Counselors

West Virginia school counselors are an integral part of West Virginia's education system. As more weight is given to state assessments and student achievement, West Virginia will rely even more heavily on school counselors' expertise.

Student psychology and the process of breaking down learning barriers is a key element to designing curriculum and educational programs that result in the largest gains in student achievement. Therefore, West Virginia will need to take steps toward attracting the best school counselors available (in addition to other professional educator types).

Governor Joe Manchin has been doing his best to get the ball rolling for West Virginia's education reform. The following is a quote by the Governor from a January 21st, 2008 press release regarding a 5.5% pay raise for teachers in the 2008-2009 school year.

“Put together, our proposed pay package increase for teachers is a significant average of about 5½ percent,” the governor said. “So our classroom teachers would see a fair and substantial increase in their base pay. This is a well-deserved increase for our teachers and an amount that’s fiscally responsible and fair to all taxpayers.”

This is the beginning of a new push that will not lose momentum. As West Virginia businesses and citizens begin to experience the pressures of a global marketplace, they will be forced to assess the needs of students in order to create a competitive workforce for West Virginia in the future.

West Virginia school counselors may have some tough work cut out for them, but they will also see increasing wages and job security.

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

Whether you are from Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Morgantown, 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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