Mental Health Careers--School Counselor

child looking at camera in classroom while other students work at desks From Psychology degree to Master's degree in School Counseling

Another Master's degree you can earn with a Psychology degree is in School Counseling. A school counselor impacts school children in various ways and can help with academic, career and personal issues. In addition, school counselors work with parents, and teachers to facilitate a child's performance. They can help with communicating with school administrators as well as offer helpful resources. It is important to note that school counselors work with all children, not just those who are having difficulty in some aspect of their life. 

To earn a Master's degree to be a School Counselor, you need to go to graduate school in a School Counselor or Counseling (Psychology or Education) program. It will typically take 2 years to earn a Master's degree. In most Master's degree programs you will pay full tuition and not receive a stipend (salary) to be a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant. However, sometimes financial support is available--check with schools you are interested in. Keep in mind that once you receive your Master's degree the state you work in may have additional reqirements (e.g., certification).

In the end, your Master's degree should offer you greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree. In addition, you can always decide to use your Master's degree as a springboard to a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) . 

Click here to link to the website of the American School Counselors Association.

Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median income for school counselors at $53,660.

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Click on the links below to read about other Mental Health careers that only require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology:

Mental Health Careers--Mental Health Technician

Mental Health Careers--Social Work Assistant

Mental Health Careers-Foster Care Case Manager

Click on the links below to read about other Mental Health careers that require a Master's Degree:

Mental Health Careers--Master's in Clinical/Counseling Psychology

Mental Health Careers--Genetic Counselor

Mental Health Careers--Licensed Professional Counselor

Mental Health Careers--Marriage and Family Therapist

Mental Health Careers--Art Therapy

Mental Health Careers--Master of Social Work

Mental Health Careers--Pastoral Counseling

Mental Health Careers--Substance Abuse Counselor

Mental Health Careers--Master's in Forensic Psychology

Mental Health Careers--Applied Behavior Analyst

Click on the links below to read about other Mental Health careers that require a Doctoral or Professional Degree:

Mental Health Careers--Doctoral Degree in Psychology 

Mental Health Careers--Psychiatrist