Do I have to have experience as a teacher to be a school guidance counseler?
I am willing (and eager) to eventually go back to school for a Master's in Counseling & my Pupil Personnel Services Credential, as required by the state of CA. While I have experience within the classroom and in mentoring/tutoring positions, I am not sure I am willing to go back to school for a teaching credential and teach for a few years before moving on to counseling. Would I be less likely to receive job offers because I have not specifically been a teacher?
Favour Chiamaka’s Answer
This might be stressful but believe me, Anne, you should give it a trial, it's worth it
Not all districts require classroom teaching as a pre-req for a counseling job. I’ve worked in two Public districts and one private school (Bakersfield, actually). Bakersfield required the teaching years- I went private bc like you said— I wasn’t going to go into a classroom to then transition to counseling 3-4 years later.
I think that your substitute background will definitely help you and give you that classroom experience which is what they want.