School Counselor at a Glance

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Best States for School Counselor

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Missouri 6,930 $46,670 $22
Vermont 740 $50,680 $28
Wyoming 710 $58,050 $28

Becoming a School Counselor

School counselors are typically required to hold a master's degree in school counseling or a related field. Both on-site and online degree programs will require students to complete a supervised on-site internship or practicum in school counseling in a public or private school setting. Students should confirm that a degree program meets the requirements for state-licensing as a school counselor.

Applicants to a master's degree program in school counseling must have bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Schools may also require applicants hold a teaching certificate and have two years of full-time licensed teaching experience. A sampling of classes you may take in a school counseling program, drawn from course listings for George Fox University's masters in school counseling degree program, include the following:

  • Principles and Techniques of Counseling
  • Group Theory and Therapy
  • Risk and Resilience in Youth
  • Child and Adolescent Disorders

School counselors must hold a state-issued credential which, depending on the state, may be a license, certification, or endorsement. Most states will run a criminal background check on applicants as part of the credential process. School counselor credential requirements for each state are available from the American School Counselors Association.