The Department of Educational Psychology offers this degree program.
Is this program for me?
The Master’s Program in the Counseling offers students two specific career tracks:
Professional Counseling - The major objective is to prepare competent counselors to work in a professional capacity with diverse clients and to assume entry level positions in mental health settings. Graduates in this program track seek licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors.
School Counseling - The major objective is to prepare competent counselors to work in schools or similar agencies, addressing the developmental needs of all students. Graduates in this program track seek certification as school counselors. In order to become School Counselors in Texas Public Schools, individuals must be certified to teach and have at least two years of teaching experience by the time they complete the Counseling M.Ed. program.
Each track includes a strong theoretical background as well as practical training and experience. There is also an emphasis on the ecological-developmental approach in counseling that considers the influences on persons in environments and makes use of strengths of individuals.
While students may choose between these two tracks, students may also pursue both tracks at once by making strategic choices in their elective courses.
If students are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester), they should expect to spend two full years (including summer courses) and possibly an extra semester in the program.
What will I learn?
Students complete coursework, practicum and internship, and either a Comprehensive Exam or Master’s Thesis. Graduates will learn:
- Counseling theories, skills, and techniques for diverse populations with various counseling issues or needs
- Understanding and awareness of the role and influence of the counselor in providing services to diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, gendered and social populations
- Knowledge of legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities related to the practice of professional or school counseling
- Application of relevant empirical research to broaden knowledge of delivery and counseling services
- Understanding and knowledge of effective and appropriate assessment and evaluation of clients or students in placements and delivery of interventions
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Counseling:
Students may combine these tracks to expand their career opportunities. However, decisions about degree plans are made with the approval of a faculty advisor after admission to the program.
What can I do with my degree?
Graduates successfully pass the exams to become Licensed Professional Counselors and Certified School Counselors at very high rates. Alumni find employment in diverse settings, including:
- K-12 schools
- Community Colleges and Universities
- Mental and health care facilities
Graduates of the M.Ed. in Counseling may pursue the following careers:
- Elementary School Counselor
- Middle School Counselor
- Secondary School Counselor
- College Counselor
- Community Agency Counselor
- Probation Counselor
- Career Counselor
- Employee Assistance Program Counselor
To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist