Students pursuing the School Counseling degree will be eligible for both licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and certification as a school counselor. The school counseling degree requires 66 credit hours.
*Those students pursuing school counseling certification must take MEDU 5563 - Diversity in Schools in lieu of COUN 5093 - Counseling Diverse Populations . This degree requires students to attend a 4-day intensive for COUN 5593 - Applied Lab, Ethics, & Treatment Planning .
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 2.75 OR GPA of 2.75 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
Students cannot register for the following courses until admitted to the EPP: MEDU 5233 , MEDU 5263 , MEDU 5563 , MEDU 5593 , and COUN 5133 .
Return formal letter of EPP admission with the required TEA fee
All counseling students must take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) during the first day of COUN 5593 . Students must pass the exam before enrolling in COUN 6023 . Students must also pass the school counseling practice exam and show evidence of a minimum of two years of teaching at a public school before enrolling in COUN 6023.