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What Can You Do With A Major In Counselor Education?


School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. School counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and other applicable professional counseling associations and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the areas of the ASCA National Model: foundation, delivery, management and accountability. School counselors create comprehensive school counseling programs that focus on student outcomes, teach student competencies and are delivered with identified professional competencies. Retrieved from

Typical Career Paths 


  • School Counseling
  • Education
  • Career Counseling 


Typical Job Titles 


  • School Counselor
  • Career Counselor  


Typical Employers/Work Settings 


  • Public K-12 Schools  
  • Private K-12 Institutions  


Skills Needed For This Career 


  •  Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate 
  • Creativity 
  • Ability to motivate others 
  •  Listening skills
  •  Special Education Skills
  •  Persuasive skills
  •  Written Communication Skills
  •  Interpersonal Skills
  •  Curriculum Development 
  •  Language Skills
  •  Counseling Skills
  •  Group Dynamics 


Beginning Salary Range: 

Approximately $42,000 a year, ranging from $35,000 - $48,943 a year- (Based on information from PayScale) 

Salary Resources  

Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly, job databases.

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Florida School Counseling Association (FSCA)

First Coast Counseling Association (FCCA)

Florida Teaching Certification Exam/GKT (FTCE)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

National Career Development Association(NCDA)

National Board for Certified Counselors(NBCC)

American Psychological Association(APA)

Chi Sigma Iota – National Counseling Honor Society (CSI)

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

American Music Therapy Association (AAMA)

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)

Association for Play Therapy (APT)

Eating Disorders Professionals (EDP)

Expressive Arts Therapy Association (EATA)

International Association of Counselors & Therapists (IACT)

Job Search Information - to assist school counseling candidates in navigating the requirements to becoming certified as a school counselor in the state of Florida  

Link To UNF Academic Programs 

The Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management offers a Master of Education in Counselor Education, with a track in School Counseling. This program prepares the student for the needs of a diverse group of individuals academically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially.


Career Action Plan 

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options