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M.Ed. - School Counseling

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.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on cumulative undergraduate record (or previous 60 hours completed as evaluated by the counseling admission committee) prior to admission.
  • Teaching experience is not required prior to applying. 
  • 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.

School Counselor Certification Requirements

In addition to completion of the 60 hours master's degree program, a student must also have the following:

  1. Valid Texas Teaching Certificate.
  2. 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
  3. 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. 

Degree Plan

School Counseling Program
Required Courses:
EDPC 5310Applied Research Design for Ed3
EDPC 5317Human Growth and Development3
EDPC 5320Lifestyle & Career Development3
EDPC 5321School Counseling3
EDPC 5323SC Leadership & Consultation3
EDPC 5324Ethic, Legl/Prof. Issue/Cnslng3
EDPC 5332Prog Eval in School Counseling3
EDPC 5333Crisis Counseling3
EDPC 5335Prin of Appraisal & Assessment3
EDPC 5338Group Counseling3
EDPC 5339Techniques of Counseling3
EDPC 5341Theories of Counseling3
EDPC 5345Abnormal Human Behavior3
EDPC 5346Counsel Multicult/Div Popula3
EDPC 5362Cnslng Chldren, Adlscnts & Fam3
EDPC 5368Play Therapy3
EDPC 5369Prctcm for School Counselors3
EDPC 5376School Counseling Internship I3
EDPC 5377School Counseling Intern. II3
Free Elective
Select three hours:3
SC College Admission
Spec Ed-Historical Legal Basis
Manage Student-centered Clsrm
Addictions Counseling
Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies
Medical Aspects of Disability
Psychosocial Aspects of Disab
Total Hours60