Interview with a School Counselor Essays

1166 Words May 10th, 2011 5 Pages
Running head: INTERVIEW WITH A SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Interview with Mrs. Ross Freeman

Abstract
Counseling has many components in different fields such as a school counselor, marriage and family counseling, addiction counseling, individual and private practices, and many more. For my project, I interviewed Mrs. Ross Freeman, a school counselor who talks about her journey of becoming an Elementary School Counselor. We discuss what the requirement and cost were to receive a license in the counseling field. We were also able to discuss the average salary and hourly wages for a counselor in WISD. Mrs. Freeman then goes on to enlighten me about the rewards, challenges, demands and frustrations of a school counselor.
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Mrs. Freeman currently holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Geography and a Masters in Counseling from A&M University. She also has an English as a Second Language Certification from B University. The cost of tuition from A&M was approximate $10,000. Then the approximate cost of tuition from B was $4,000. With the help of family members and loans Mrs. Freeman was able to pay for books and tuition for both of the Universities. Participation in continuing education is often required for the renewal of a license or certification. In states without licensure or certification laws, professional counselors are certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The law requires counselors to hold certification from the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) or The Texas Education Agency (TEA). Mrs. Freeman would also like to add, “The cost of a education does not compare to the benefits of one!” And “ A higher education can provide options to various opportunities” (R. Freeman, personal communication, June 15,2009) Mrs. Freeman is an employee of WISD whereas A professional counselor’s salary range from $40, 000 and up. They are also able to earn extra duty pay of tutorials, teaching summer school and helping with Saturday camps. Most of the time it depends on the person’s experience and education. The hourly wage should range from