Educational counselors may work in public or private schools or at the college and university level. Positions may also be found at community centers or with education related companies and organizations. Prospective students interested in this career path may complete a degree program in education, counseling, or another related area.
Related programs may be available at a variety of educational levels, but a master’s degree is required for most positions in this field. There are programs available specifically in school counseling at the graduate level. Through this type of degree program, students will takes advanced courses in child and adolescent psychology, career counseling, leadership, human development, and research. In addition, internship and practicum components will be required.
Educational counselors work with students to help them select classes, plan their educational future, and deal with any academic problems. They may also help high school students prepare for and submit their college applications. At the postsecondary level, they help with major and course selection as well as career counseling.
In addition to a master’s degree, school counselors will need a state-issued credential to work in the field. Specific requirements may vary by state. For more information check with the American School Counselors Association.