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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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EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education 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.

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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 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.
  • 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.)
Program Cost*: $25,000-$30,000

  • 2018 entry class: 42 credit hours
  • 2019 entry class: 48 credit hours
  • 2020 entry class: 48 credit hours

*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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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)

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





Master’s Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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 – Apply Texas

    All applicants must complete the Apply Texas 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.

  • 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 application, once you complete the Apply Texas Application through portal. If you have paper letters they must be sent directly to the admissions office in a signed and sealed envelope. Letters not received in a signed envelope will not be accepted. Letters can be mailed to:

    (U.S. Postal Service)
    Graduate Admissions Processing
    Office of Admissions
    Texas A&M University
    P.O. Box 40001
    College Station, TX 77842-4001

    Please make sure that you submit a Document ID Sheet along with any additional documents you submit.

  • Is there a form for completing letters of recommendation?

    Yes, this is part of the portal. There is an electronic form so you will need to type in the recommender’s 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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