Master of Arts in School Counseling
The M.A. in School Counseling is intended for teachers who wish to become professional school counselors in educational settings. This degree program does not prepare its graduates to counsel in social service or mental health agencies or in private practice. This is a 36 credit fully online graduate degree program. Students in the M.A. in School Counseling program receive instruction in developing appropriate comprehensive guidance plans to promote the educational, personal, social and career development appropriate to elementary and secondary students. They develop competencies in assessment and counseling techniques, including legal and ethical standards, practices and issues. Students complete a supervised internship in a public or private school. Certification as a School Counselor in Texas requires successful completion of the required course sequence, a passing score on the appropriate state certification exam (TExES), and two years of classroom teaching experience in a TEA-accredited school.
Students seeking admission to the School Counseling degree program must have a Texas Teacher Certificate, and should have completed the following prerequisite: PSYC 4311: Abnormal Psychology, or equivalent. Applicants must have a current teaching certificate. School Counseling applicants must also participate in an interview, conducted online, as required by Texas rules for school counselor programs. Students are admitted to this program once a year in cohorts that only begin in Summer terms. Students must complete the entire program in sequence with the cohort to which they were admitted. The program is completed in five consecutive semesters.
Certification and Licensure
The M.A. in School Counseling can qualify students to meet the course requirements to become School Counselors certified by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. The School Counseling program is intended to prepare students to pass the State certification exam for School Counselor. Applicants must have two years of teaching experience to qualify for the School Counselor Certificate. Students matriculating in master's programs other than the M.A. in School Counseling program or students who already have master's degrees should contact the Graduate Advisor in School Counseling regarding the School Counselor Certificate. Students seeking only the School Counselor Certificate must meet the admission and other requirements for the M.A. in School Counseling degree programs.