Students pursuing the School Counseling specialization will be eligible for both licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and certification as a school counselor. Therefore, the total number of hours for the program does not allow for elective coursework.
*Those students pursuing school counseling certification must take MEDU 5563 - Diversity in Schools in lieu of PSYC 5093 - Counseling Diverse Populations .
Students seeking school counseling certification must provide a service record showing evidence of two years of teaching experience. Evidence of service or evidence of current progress toward service must be provided prior to the scheduling of the first practicum course. Students must pass the practice exam prior to receiving approval to sit for the state exam. A recommendation is that students pass the practice exam prior to the first practicum. Since students must complete 66 credit hours to meet school counseling certification requirements, a requirement for licensing is that students also complete the coursework for professional counseling eligibility.
Per Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines, students seeking School Counselor certification must be admitted into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP). This is separate from being admitted to the University. After a student is admitted to the University, students must meet the following requirements to be admitted into the EPP:
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 OR GPA of 2.5 in last 60 hours or GRE scores as follows –
- Verbal Reasoning 143 – 157
- Quantitative Reasoning 140 – 155
- Analytical Writing 3.0 – 4.5
- Bachelor degree conferred
- Service record indicating years of teaching experience
- Submit EPP application
- Return formal letter of EPP admission with the required TEA fee
Completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) by all Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy students AND exam completion prior to enrolling in PSYC 6012 or PSYC 6013 practicum course.