Mission Statement: The graduate program in school counseling will equip the counselor with the knowledge and skill necessary to supply guidance and counseling services in a school setting. The school counselor will be able to provide direct counseling to students; consult with parents, teachers and administrators; act as a liaison between the school and outside agencies; and facilitate classroom guidance activities.
The graduate program in school counseling prepares students to be public school counselors and requires 60 semester hours. Students are required to pass a comprehensive exam as a program completion requirement. Texas Counselor certification requires completion of an approved master’s degree, two years of teaching experience, and a passing score on the state mandated examination, the TExES test and an internship in a school setting. Enrollment in courses with the COUN prefix (with the exception of COUN 6013) requires admission to the Master of Education in school counseling program or permission of the Counseling Program Coordinator.