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The Department OF Educational Psychology


The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education and University Studies, with one of three focuses.

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Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.

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Certificates

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.

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“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
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Master's in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in:

School Counseling (Online)

Online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology: Emphasis in School Counseling


Our master’s program emphasizing School Counseling prepares highly qualified individuals for careers as school counselors. We believe that well-trained school counselors play an integral role in the academic and personal development of K-12 students. This program is entirely online in both asynchronous and synchronous formats.

  • Advanced school counseling students participate in an intensive and supervised two-semester internship experience in a public or private school setting.
  • Students are required to complete 400 on-site hours of counseling activities and weekly one-hour supervision.
  • More information, including TEA internship placement requirements, is provided in the student handbook.

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines


Summer admission deadline: February 15

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the department of Educational Psychology and Texas A&M University.

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.
  • Two years of classroom teaching experience as a certified educator in a K-12 setting is highly preferred. Applicants will need to have an affiliation with a school in order to complete practicum requirements.  Students who are unable to set up a practicum in a 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.
  • No GRE Required.
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Program Details


Degree: Master’s in Educational Psychology
Emphasis: School Counseling
Delivery Online
Degrees Offered: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Program Cost*: $25,000-$30,000

*Estimated program cost of tuition and fees. Actual cost may be higher or lower. Calculations can vary dependent on transfer hours, program advisement, and changes in state approved tuition and fee increases.

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Certification Details

  • 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).

Core Curriculum


M.Ed. Curriculum

Course Sequence: Year 1

Summer I: CPSY 630 Foundations of School Counseling
Summer I: CPSY 601 Multicultural Counseling in Schools
Summer II: EPSY 604 Career Counseling in Schools
Summer II: CPSY 600Counseling Theories for School Counselors
Fall: EPSY 636 Techniques of Research
Fall: CPSY 602 Counseling Techniques for School Counselors
Spring: CPSY 612 Planning and Organizing Comprehensive Guidance Programs
Spring: EPSY 646 Issues in Child and Adolescent Development

Course Sequence: Year 2

Summer I: CPSY 603 School Counseling Group Interventions
Summer II: SPED 601 Assessment in School Settings
Fall: CPSY 683 Field Practicum: School Practicum I (6 credit hours)
Spring: CPSY 683 Field Practicum: School Practicum II (6 credit hours)
Spring: SPED 628 Consultation in Special Education

School Counseling Elective Options (Distance Courses)

Note: 3 credit hours are required.

EPSY 602 Educational Psychology
EPSY 689 Theory and Praxis for Coaching Individuals
SPED 604 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 609 Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 621 Overview of Exceptional Students
SPED 632 Transition Education and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Masters

  • List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies

    Please view a brief List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies by Country. If you do not find your country listed and are unsure of your degree equivalency, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@tamu.edu.

  • Can my Application fee be waived?

    Yes. This fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, you must submit an awards letter from your current school’s financial aid office showing the award of a Pell Grant. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a current FAFSA can also be submitted to show financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Submit this information to d-nichols@tamu.edu and include your major of interest and term of application. Waiver of the $90 international application fee is not available.

  • Is supervision of experience requirements offered?

    It is the responsibility of students to independently seek out supervision opportunities. TAMU does not provide supervision for practicum hours.

  • Statement of Purpose Essay

    All applicants must complete the Essay, Statement of Purpose and explain the following:

      1. Why you applied to this program
      2. Academic background and training
      3. Potential for graduate study
      4. Research experience
      5. Other relevant professional experiences
  • I want/need a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship – how do I apply?

    Please note that we cannot guarantee any financial assistance to any student. We will contact all admitted students about the process for applying for all available assistantships. This is a separate process from applying for admission. The department and programs will choose students to be nominated for Graduate Diversity or Graduate Merit fellowships. These fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. Please do not ask to be nominated for one of these fellowships as the program will determine which students are competitive for these awards.

  • Can I send supplemental materials?

    You can send us anything you like, and will keep them in our application file. However, we will not upload these items to your file. If you want items such as a professional paper or resume included for review, you need to upload these items to the application as we cannot upload them on your behalf.

  • How do is submit my letters of Recommendation?

    The GraduateCAS online application includes a Recommendations section where you must add your recommenders’ information. Once you have saved the recommendation requests, GraduateCAS will contact each recommender via email to request the completion of the recommendation form and letter of recommendation. We require three letters of recommendations and they must be submitted directly by recommenders through the electronic system.

  • What are the typical program costs?

    Check out the cost of attendance estimator.

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

  • Can you guide me through the application process?
  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?

    Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid

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