Elementary School Counselor

Elementary school counselors observe children playing and working in the classroom and take particular note of children’s interactions with other children and adults. They also confer with the children and their teachers and parents to evaluate children’s strengths, problems and special needs. Counselors also help children develop good study habits and improve their organization skills. They smooth the educational path for those who are having problems from academic difficulties to health issues. Just as parents provide a support network at home, these professionals are students’ support network at school—always ready to talk about problems and to answer questions.

School counselors help students understand and deal with their academic, career, social, behavioral and personal problems. They help students who are being bullied by other students, failing a math class or worrying about finding the right college or career. They work with students individually, in small groups or in entire classes.

A master’s degree generally is required to become a licensed counselor.