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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 (PhD) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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Academic Programs

Program Areas to choose from

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Number of Online Courses Available

Educational Psychology Programs



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


Graduate Programs

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



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



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


“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
Special Education Programs


Master's in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in:

School Counseling (Online)

M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with emphasis in School Counseling (Online)

The Masters program in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling prepares highly qualified individuals as school counselors. We believe that well-trained school counselors play an integral role in the academic and personal development of K-12 students The program is entirely online in both asynchronous and synchronous formats.

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


February 15 (summer admission)

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 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.
  • No GRE Required

– 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).

How to Apply

Program Details

Degree: Master’s in Educational Psychology
Emphasis: School Counseling
Delivery Online
Degrees Offered: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Note: The program is currently in transition to meet the new 48-hour master’s degree requirements mandated by TEA. Required credit hours for graduation will be as follows:

  • 2018 entry class: 42 credit hours
  • 2019 entry class: 48 credit hours
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Core Curriculum


M.Ed. Curriculum

Course Sequence – Year 1: (3 credit hours)

Summer I CPSY 630 Foundations of School Counseling
Summer I CPSY 601 Multicultural Counseling in Schools
Summer II EPSY 604 Career Counseling in Schools
Fall EPSY 636 Techniques of Research
Fall CPSY 602 School Counseling Theories & Techniques
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 (3 credit hours)
Summer II SPED 628 Consultation in Special Education (3)
Summer II SPED 601 Assessment in School Settings (3)
Fall CPSY 683 Field Practicum: School Practicum I (6 credit hours)
Spring CPSY 683 Field Practicum: School Practicum II (6)


School Counseling Elective Options (Distance Courses)

EPSY 602 Educational Psychology
EPSY 622 Measurement & Evaluation in Education
EPSY 631 Program Evaluation
SPED 609 Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 632 Transition from School to Work
SEFB 618 Applied Behavior Management in the Classroom



Master’s FAQs


  • What is considered a complete application?

    An application file is considered complete when we have all the components of both the departmental application and the University application. This includes all transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and essay have been received. Please remember that we only review complete applications and that it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure their application is complete!

  • There is an essay that is part of the Texas Common Application and then Online Departmental Application. Do I have to complete both of them?

    No – you do not need to complete both essays. You MUST complete the essay that is part of the online departmental application. This essay should be well written, polished, and address all questions or points listed. You are welcome to cut and paste this essay into the Texas Common Application, but it is not necessary.

  • What is the minimum GPA / GRE Score requirement?

    There is no minimum requirement for the GRE or GPA. All students with complete files are given full consideration, and their complete file is reviewed. In terms of general guidelines students will typically have a 3.0 GPA or higher (please note that we calculate GPAs on the last 60 credits), and a GRE score with at least a 151 on the verbal portion and a 141 on the quantitative portion and a combined score around 300. It is important to note that these are just guidelines we do admit students that don’t meet the guideline and we don’t admit students that do meet the guideline.

    Master’s programs that do not require GRE scores:

  • 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.

  • I don’t have my UIN and applications are due tomorrow. I can’t submit my online departmental application so I think I will miss the deadline – what should I do?

    Don’t worry about this. Even though you cannot technically hit the submit button we still have access to your application. We will take care of this for you and make the appropriate adjustments. You don’t even need to contact us – we do it automatically. Please note that it can up to 2 -3 business days to get your UIN from Admissions, so we strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline to submit your application materials.

  • 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.

  • If I already have letters from my recommenders can I send those in?

    Yes, we will accept the paper letters, however we strongly prefer the electronic format provided as part of the online departmental application. This is the preferred method because the application you complete is the exact application our faculty will review after the deadline. It is very helpful when all of an applicant’s materials can be found in the same location. If you choose to send in a paper letters we have to upload them to your electronic application and they can be harder to locate. Your recommenders can easily attached their letter via our electronic form so there is no need for them to rewrite a whole new letter. Please note, if you elect to send in paper letters they must come directly to the department in a signed and sealed envelope. Letters not received in a signed sealed envelope will not be accepted. Letters can be mailed to:

    Graduate Admissions
    Department of Educational Psychology
    704I Harrington Tower
    MS 4225 TAMU
    College Station, TX 77843
  • Is there a form for completing letters of recommendation?

    Yes, this form is part of the online departmental application. It is an electronic form so you will need to type in the recommenders email address and send it to them. You may want to contact the recommender to let them know the form will be coming electronically.

  • What are the typical program costs?

    The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for 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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