Applicants must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree prior to applying for admission to the Graduate School. The M.Ed. in School Counseling is intended primarily for those wishing to be school counselors.
Applicants must submit an application and participate in either a screening interview or instrument to determine if the EPP applicant's knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude are appropriate for the certification sought.
- Applicants must also pay a TEA technology fee (non-refundable, paid to the TEA as required by TAC 229.9.7).
- Pursuant to the Texas Education Code TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to student teaching
- Pursuant to the TEC, §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator.
- A candidate may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate on completion of the EPP if an individual has been convicted of an offense.
- A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in an educator preparation program or planning to take a certification examination may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person's potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.
- For further information visit the Texas Education Agency website: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/preliminary-criminal-history-evaluation-faqs
- Candidates must receive training in dyslexia, mental health/youth suicide, and instruction in digital learning with digital literacy evaluation followed by a prescribed digital learning curriculum based on the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) standards. Trainings must be from a TEA approved provider.
For information on transfer credit, see the School Counseling Program Page.
For information on Admission Cycle Calendar of Dates, please see https://www.utep.edu/graduate/future-students/degrees-and-programs.html for information.
A minimum 3.0 GPA on cumulative undergraduate record (or previous 60 hours completed as evaluated by the counseling admission committee) prior to admission.
For students enrolled in the alternative certification program (ACP), it is encouraged that you complete the ACP prior to starting work toward the M.Ed. in School Counseling and avoid the risk of reaching the Graduate School limitation requirement of six-years to obtain a master's degree. For more information about the ACP: https://www.utep.edu/education/css/programs/alternative-certification/alternative-certification.html.
Teaching experience is not required prior to applying. Applicants are screened based on the quality of their application and potential for success in the program via the assessment of the counseling program admissions committee. Students must include the following in their application:
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- Statement of intent
- Statement on diversity
- Statement on interpersonal relationships
- Three professional letters of references
- Official undergraduate transcripts (from each of the colleges or universities the applicant previously attended)
The above required application materials will be evaluated to determine if the applicant's knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude are appropriate for the counseling degree sought. Students will receive a letter notification of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. Students must successfully pass a background check to complete the practicum/internship requirement. Additionally, a background check is required to be certified as a School Counselor in the State of Texas.
Texas Education Agency School Counselor Certification Requirements
In addition to completion of the 60 hours master's degree program, a student must also have the following:
- Valid Texas Teaching Certificate.
- Two years of classroom teaching experience in an accredited public, private, or parochial school approved by the Texas Educational Agency (TEA). Note: Teaching Certificate not required if the two years experience is in an accredited private or parochial school
- A passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for School Counselors.
Students must be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour in their last semester.
|School Counseling Program|
|EDPC 5310||Applied Research Design for Ed||3|
|EDPC 5317||Human Growth and Development||3|
|EDPC 5320||Lifestyle & Career Development||3|
|EDPC 5321||School Counseling||3|
|EDPC 5323||SC Leadership & Consultation||3|
|EDPC 5324||Ethic, Legl/Prof. Issue/Cnslng||3|
|EDPC 5332||Prog Eval in School Counseling||3|
|EDPC 5333||Crisis Counseling||3|
|EDPC 5335||Prin of Appraisal & Assessment||3|
|EDPC 5338||Group Counseling||3|
|EDPC 5339||Techniques of Counseling||3|
|EDPC 5341||Theories of Counseling||3|
|EDPC 5345||Abnormal Human Behavior||3|
|EDPC 5346||Counsel Multicult/Div Popula||3|
|EDPC 5362||Cnslng Chldren, Adlscnts & Fam||3|
|EDPC 5368||Play Therapy||3|
|EDPC 5369||Prctcm for School Counselors||3|
|EDPC 5376||School Counseling Internship I||3|
|EDPC 5377||School Counseling Intern. II||3|
|Select three hours:||3|
|SC College Admission|
|Spec Ed-Historical Legal Basis|
|Manage Student-centered Clsrm|
|Medical Aspects of Disability|
|Psychosocial Aspects of Disab|