UT Tyler Psychology and Counseling

Master of Arts in School Counseling - ONLINE

The Master of Arts in School Counseling program at UT Tyler prepares proficient, creative, and multi-culturally competent school counselors to: (a) assume an active role in counseling, consulting, and leadership, (b) promote academic excellence and equal learning opportunities for all students, and (c) base their work on a fundamental understanding of comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, including methods of planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Program graduates are prepared as systemic thinkers who demonstrate competence in fundamental counseling skills, work from a theoretical counseling perspective, and are considered competent in the use of current research in the practice of professional school counseling.

The program curriculum is designed to align with the Texas School Counselor standards and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) guidelines. This degree meets the requirements for counselor certification set forth by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

The School Counseling program is a cohort program that begins each Summer. There is no Fall or Spring entry into the program.

For additional information, email schoolcounseling@uttyler.edu.

Online Master of Arts in School Counseling

  • Complete coursework online
  • Graduate in 18 months
  • M.A. = 39 hour program, vs. 42-48 in many programs
  • TExES passing rates among the best in Texas with 100% pass rate for school counseling students, putting our graduates among the best prepared in Texas
  • Currently employed full-time, K-12 teachers are eligible for $200 the first graduate semester by applying for the Teachers in Excellence Scholarship

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the UT Tyler Master of Arts in School Counseling program, a prospective student must submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE Scores (ETS code 6850), a completed department information sheet, a Statement of Purpose essay (described on the Department Information Sheet), three completed reference forms, and an admission interview scheduled through our online scheduling program.

International Applicants: If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by a service on this list. Also, a total TOEFL iBT score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.

Transcripts

  • Submit complete transcripts reflecting the reception of a bachelor's degree and any other relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students should request official academic transcripts be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Any request by the student for acceptance of graduate transfer credit should contact schoolcounseling@uttyler.edu.

Application Submission

Deadlines:

We will begin taking applications for the May 2017 cohort on August 1, 2016.  All application documents and interview must be completed and received by April 30, 2017. No applications or documents will be accepted after April 30, 2017. Application fees are non-refundable, even if the application arrives after the April 30, 2017 application deadline.

There are two portions of the application process:

First:

  • Start by applying through our online application.
  • Send all of the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:
    • All official academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework
    • GRE scores (our ETS code is 6850) - If you have a master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you do not need to submit GRE scores.
    • Completed Department Information Sheet
    • A statement of purpose (described on the Department Information Sheet)
    • Three completed reference forms

The Office of Graduate Admissions, ADM 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

You may also email documents to ogs@uttyler.edu

Then:

Note: All applicants may be subject to a background and fingerprint check from a university-approved vendor at applicants' expense.

Out-of-State Information

If you are an out-of-state applicant, please be aware of the following:

  • Out-of-state tuition is substantially higher than in-state tuition. See the graduate calculator to determine your tuition.
  • The State of Texas requires that the internship be done in Texas or at a Department of Defense school in order to receive Texas certification. This means that you could still participate in our program and earn your master's degree, but unless you did your internship in Texas, you would not be able to be certified in Texas.
  • We make no claims that our program meets the standards of any state other than Texas; you must research your own state's regulations in regards to certification in that state.

The following elements are used to calculate an admission score for the MA in School Counseling program. A student must receive a total of 5 or more points using the following criteria:

GRE Verbal

GRE Quantitative

GPA (Last 60 hours)

160 or higher: 3 pts

150 or higher: 3 pts

3.50 or higher: 3 pts

151 or higher: 2 pts

147 or higher: 2 pts

3.00 or higher: 2 pts

149 or higher: 1 pt

144 or higher: 1 pts

2.75 or higher: 1 pt

 

Program Courses

Course Number

Course Title

COUN 5312

Counseling Theories and Applications+

COUN 5313

Family Therapy

COUN 5324

Cultural Diversity and Advocacy

COUN 5334

Foundations and Ethics of School Counseling

COUN 5335

Career Counseling and Assessment

COUN 5344

Advanced Principles of School Counseling

COUN 5386

Supervised Internship in School Counseling

EDUC 5301

Research Methods in Behavioral Science

PSYC 4311

Abnormal Psychology*

PSYC 5301

Tests & Measurements

PSYC 5320

Human Growth & Development Advanced Studies

PSYC 5330

Counseling Children & Adolescents

PSYC 5345

Group Counseling and Therapy

PSYC 5361

Behavior Modification#

+Cross-listed with PSYC 5312 Counseling Theories*

Abnormal Psychology may be taken during any of the first four semesters.

PSYC 5308: Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis may substitute for this requirement. This class is waived if the student took Abnormal Psychology as an undergraduate within six years of starting the program.

#Required for students who are not fully certified as teachers


Additional Information

For assistance, please see the links below to access the appropriate department

For additional information, email schoolcounseling@uttyler.edu.

Career Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that job opportunities for educational, vocational and school counselors will increase by 12% through 2022. Requirements for schools to employ a school counselor and increasing demands in counselor responsibilities are behind much of this growth. For more, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - School and Career Counselors.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate Student

Guide Tomorrow's Students as a Professional School Counselor

Master's in School Counseling: Creative Learning. Multicultural.

  • Participate in a program that instills a fundamental understanding of counseling skills and teaches students to apply them creatively and in ways that respect cultural differences.
  • Complete a supervised practicum in a school setting to gain valuable hands-on experience counseling students.
  • Learn to apply current educational and psychological research findings in school counseling.
  • Become a student member of the American Counseling Association to network with other professional counselors and keep current with the latest developments in the counseling field.

School Counseling Faculty: Experienced Counselors. Talented Teachers.

  • Study with professors who use iChat, Illuminate and other interactive media to engage students and enliven online learning.
  • Learn from professors who are experienced counselors and dedicated to mentoring students in their educational and career choices.
  • Participate in online courses taught by professors who are respected experts and researchers in the school counseling field and frequent presenters at professional conferences.

More about the UT Tyler master's in school counseling program of study
Learn about UT Tyler's school counseling faculty
Learn more from the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Contact

For Program Information:

Dr. Karl Witt
903.565.5899
kwitt@uttyler.edu

For Admission Information:

903.566.7087
schoolcounseling@uttyler.edu

For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.