School Counseling in San Francisco

San Francisco’s public school system operates 136 institutions that educate 54,063 students1. Known for their ethnic and socioeconomic diversity2, San Francisco’s youth may come from families that lack the resources to fully support their academic goals.

As a school counselor in San Francisco and the neighboring areas of Oakland and San Jose, you will work closely with students, teachers, administrators, and families to create a support network tailored to the needs of each student.

The median annual wage of a school counselor in the San Francisco area is $53,7103, just below than the US median average of $55,4104.

Between 2016 and 2026, employment opportunities in California for school counselors are projected to grow 15 percent5, more than the national average of 13 percent6.

How to Become a Certified School Counselor in San Francisco

The practice of school counseling in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and other cities across California is regulated by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Before you can pursue employment in the field, you must earn the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Resources for California licensing board can be found on NYU Steinhardt's Professional Licensure page.

Why Counseling@NYU School Counseling?

NYU Steinhardt’s online master of arts program in Counseling and Guidance is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council. Without relocating to attend classes on campus, you can earn an esteemed NYU Steinhardt degree that gives you the knowledge and skills to provide effective support to pre-K-12 students in school districts nationwide.

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1 San Francisco Unified School District, Facts At a Glance 2018 Return to footnote reference