If I wanted to become a guidance counselor, should I major in education, psychology, or something else?

Question by jaycee: If I wanted to become a guidance counselor, should I major in education, psychology, or something else?
I plan to get my masters in secondary counseling after getting my undergrad

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Answer by Dave
Education or psychology would both be acceptable, but education would be far more valuable in terms of experience and relevance to the master’s program. It would also mean you would be a certified teacher with classroom experience, which is also a plus for a school in hiring a guidance counselor.

You would have to teach for probably around 4 years after graduation to keep your teaching license, but it’d be worth doing while you pursue your masters.

Additional Note: To clarify and correct what the below poster has said, educational psychology will prepare you for a career as a school psychologist. There is a difference between a school counselor and a school psychologists. Psychologists work at all levels, whereas counselors tend to work only at high school. To be a counselor, you need a master’s degree. To be a school psychologist, you need an educational specialist, which is about 3 years (including 1 year internship) beyond a master’s. School psychologists mostly are responsible for testing and mostly work with the school’s special education population.

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  1. scweetci_87bc said,

    Wrote on February 10, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    You need to find a school that offers Educational Psychology, at a Teacher’s College. You will need a specific type of curriculum that psychology alone will not cover for most state licensing.

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