How to Become a College Counselor

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How to Become a College Counselor. A college counselor assists high school students apply for college. Not only will they help students with the application process, but they'll counsel students helping them learn what their strengths and weaknesses are. They'll let students know what colleges they can and can't get into. While becoming a college counselor may take you a few years, it's a rewarding career.

Attend college and consider majoring in psychology, education or counseling. You will need your bachelor's degree. Make sure you get good grades and study hard since you will need to get an advanced degree.

Get your masters either in counseling or education once you get your bachelor's degree. Make sure the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has accredited your master's program. Speak to a college counselor at your college for more information.

Find out if you need a state license to counsel students in your state. Get a license if you need one. License requirements vary state to state.

Attend workshops to continue with your education such as the ones put on by the College Board.

Consider joining the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). With NACAC you can network with other college counselors and go to workshops to help you become a better college counselor.