Online School Counseling Programs: Career Options for Graduates with an Online School Counseling Degree

Published Sep 02, 2009

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School counseling professionals provide emotional and educational support to elementary, middle and high school students. School counselors usually need a minimum of a master's degree. Several institutions offer online school counseling programs.

A Career in School Counseling

School counselors work with public and private school students, offering a variety of educational and psychological services. Such services might include administering aptitude tests, working with students suffering from learning disorders, providing emotional support and helping students prepare for college.

A minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, education or a related field is usually required for a career in school counseling. Several institutions offer online school counseling programs.

School counselors must hold a state-issued certificate or license to practice. Some states also require that school counselors have a teaching certificate. After earning a graduate degree with a specialty in counseling from an accredited program, school counselors can pursue certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., www.nbcc.org.

Elementary and Middle School Counselors

Elementary school counselors work with students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. They typically play many roles, acting as liaisons between teachers, parents and students. Elementary school counselors observe students in the classroom and order aptitude tests to help determine students' individual needs. They also work with teachers and school administrators to design curricula. Elementary school counselors are experts on the academic and developmental needs of young students.

Middle school counselors work with students in sixth through eighth grades, helping ease the transition to secondary school. Middle school counselors identify emotional or learning disorders in students and provide support services to those individuals. Many middle school counselors also act as academic advisers, helping students to choose and enroll in classes.

High School Counselors

In addition to performing the same duties as elementary and middle school counselors, high school counselors act as academic and vocational advisers. They help students to choose and apply to colleges and to select courses based on their needs and interests. High school counselors also work with non-college-bound students, assisting them in job searches, resume writing and interview practice.

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  • Liberty University

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  • Walden University

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  • Grand Canyon University

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  • Northcentral University

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  • Purdue University Global

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  • Regent University

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