MEd in Professional School Counseling Online About Masters in School Counseling Online

Professional school counselors provide services that promote student wellness and development. The Master of Education in Professional School Counseling develops counselors who serve students and parents by facilitating student learning and success in the areas of academic achievement, behavioral, emotional, and social development, and college/career development. This school counseling degree prepares students for state certification and employment. School counselors coordinate with faculty, staff, students, parents, and the community by administering a Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP).

Student Learning Outcomes

The Masters in School Counseling online degree has the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop trained and qualified counselors who can impact all children and students to become productive, well-adjusted individuals.
  • Complete practicum and internship, including three 45-minute observations (virtual) with one-on-one feedback.
  • Qualify students to meet state requirements for certified school counselors and pass the TExES 152 Exam. (Students must earn a “B” or higher on all courses and pass the comprehensive exam.)

Jobs for Professional School Counselors

The following are jobs where Professional School Counselors may be hired:

  • Public School Counselors
  • Accredited Private School Counselors

Program Requirements

Students must complete the following during the school counseling degree program:

  • 48 hours of graduate coursework with a grade of “B” or higher
  • Successful passing of the comprehensive exam
  • Practicum and internship (minimum of 400 clinical hours)

Certification requirements:

  • Complete their degree in counseling
  • Pass the state certification exam (TExES 252)
  • Proof of teaching record submitted to Office of Certification
  • Certification Officer approval for state certification by TEA

Course Requirements

  • Course Name Hours
    COUN 5310: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3
    COUN 5316: Human Growth and Development 3
    COUN 5317: Multicultural Counseling 3
    COUN 5318: Counseling Skills and Techniques 3
    COUN 5320: Theories of Counseling 3
    COUN 5321: Group Counseling and Psychopathology 3
    COUN 5363: Principles of School Counseling 3
    COUN 6309: Assessment and Testing 3
    COUN 6310: Clinical Psychopathology 3
    COUN 6320: Research Design and Program Evaluation 3
    COUN 6321: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development 3
    COUN 6323: Crisis Response and Trauma Care 3
    COUN 6341: Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Families 3
    COUN 6324: Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders 3
    COUN 6365: Advanced School Counseling and Leadership 3
    COUN 6391: Counseling Practicum (100 Hours: 40 Direct) 3
    COUN 6392: Counseling Internship I (300 Hours: 120 Direct) 3
    Total Hours
    48
  • Professional School Counselors are encouraged to obtain their Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Certification with the State of Texas by taking four additional courses.

    Course Name Hours
    COUN 5309: Counselor Professional Identity and Function 3
    COUN 6324: Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders 3
    COUN 6325: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 3
    COUN Elective – Suggested:
    COUN 6326 Human Sexuality or COUN 6331 Grief and Loss
    3
    Total Hours
    12

Program Coordinator

For more information about this degree, contact Dr. Angela K. Waggoner (awaggoner@hc.edu).

Admission Requirements
  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or evaluation of a foreign institution)
  2. Transcripts from all coursework completed
  3. 2.5 GPA (calculated from all completed coursework)
  4. Texas Teaching Certificate
  5. Resume/Service Record (showing at least 2 years of teaching experience)
    • In order to enter this program, the graduate student needs to have completed two years of teaching in a TEA accredited school setting, pre-kinder to 12th grade. This degree program is 48 hours of graduate coursework. Students must complete all courses with a grade of “B” or higher, and successfully complete a comprehensive exam. Students must additionally complete a practicum and internship, consisting of a minimum of 400 clinical hours, in a University-approved school setting.
    • In addition to completing the course work, traditional steps are required to obtain certification. First the student must complete their degree in counseling and successfully complete the required state certification exam, TExES 252. A copy of their service record or teaching record must be submitted to our CoEBS’ Office of Certification. Finally the CoEBS Certification Officer provides an approval for state certification by TEA.
  6. EPP Application
  7. HCU Graduate School Application
  8. Interview
  9. References
    • Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor, parent of a taught student, or colleague. One must be for a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.

Accreditation

Houston Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral degrees.