The School Counseling Program is committed to preparing qualified individuals as personal, academic and career counselors as well as consultants to teachers. We believe that well-trained counselors play an integral part in the academic and personal development of students at all levels of the educational process.
The 36-hour program is offered entirely online. Classes are offered in both asynchronous and synchronous formats, and the program should be completed in two years. Practicum experience takes place during the second year with both beginning and advanced placements. A thesis is not required.
Students applying to a graduate program must follow all department admissions requirements.
In addition, the School Counseling Masters Program requires the following from applicants:
- Complete application.
- Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (cumulative).
- Three letters of recommendation at least one from a school administrator familiar with your work.
- One year of classroom teaching experience is highly preferred, but applicants will need to have an affiliation with a school in order to complete practicum requirements. Students who are unable to set up pracitca in K-12 settings (public or private) will not be permitted to advance in the program.
- Certification as a school counselor by the State of Texas requires two years of teaching experience.
- The application deadline is February 15th.
- To be eligible for school counselor certification in the State of Texas, all practicum and field placement must be fulfilled in a TEA approved school.
- Out-of-state applicants are responsible for researching their state's requirements related to out-of-state educational programs and certification requirements.
- There are no residency requirements.
- The program does not issue emergency permits.
Please Note: The program solely prepares students for certification as a school counselor in Texas. It does not prepare students for state licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).