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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 1 decade ago

masters degree in counseling?

what jobs are out there for a masters degree in counseling? and that is most times, 4 years of school right?

only honest answers please i'm getting ready to look for a school, and i need to make sure i understand all this. i think i would like to work as a school counselor, or work in a private practice under someone whos a doctor.

anyone who has this degree...was it worth it?

please help! thanks!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A master's degree is generally six years of schooling (4 years for bachelor's and another 2 years for master's) if attending on a full-time basis. School counseling (for 'guidance counselor') degree requirements may vary from state to state as some guidance counselors need to have earned a degree in education and have had some teaching experience. I don't know that there are too many jobs for the school counselor as they tend to stay at their jobs for years til they hopefully get their pension if in their benefits package :) If wanting to work in private practice, one can get their master's in social work and become a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) upon taking an exam and may even get reimbursement from certain health insurance companies. It's preferable that the person has had prior experience in the field before working in private practice.

    For general info: http://www.bls.gov/oco and can search 'counselors', 'social workers' or such.

    http://www.counseling.org/

    http://www.schoolcounselor.org/

    http://www.cswe.org/

    http://www.socialworkers.org/

    Please steer clear of those online, for-profit schools such as penn foster, university of phoenix, capella, kaplan, strayer, devry, kaiser, everest and others as they are merely out to 'make a profit': http://www.capellauniversitysucks.us/

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/ and can type into search.

    US colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

  • 1 decade ago

    It's a total of six years; four for your undergraduate (generally) and two for your master's (also generally).

    The degree can do high school counseling as well as college admissions, among other things. It also depends on your emphasis.

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