Master of Education in School Counseling

Grow your career and help students as you expand your role with a Master of Education in School Counseling.  The MEd in School Counseling at Sam Houston State University is a well respected program in the field.  It is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and is designed specifically for students who want to work toward certification as a school counselor in Texas.  It is a 48-hour graduate program infused with a real-world, applicable curriculum designed to empower students to meet the demands of today's school counselor. 

The MEd program is designed to comply with existing Texas Education Agency standards for professional certification.  All students must take the comprehensive examination during the Supervised Practicum (COUN 6376). Students must be enrolled in the university when taking the comprehensive examination and when applying for graduation.

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Applications to the Master of Education in Counseling are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer. Fall application deadline is July 15, Spring application deadline is November 1, and Summer application deadline is April 15. Applicants must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Pay the $35 Texas Education Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs Fee (paid to the TEA as required by TAC 229.9.7) if seeking Texas School Counselor certification
  4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions applicant attended
  5. 3.0 GPA. requirement.  If you have below a 3.0 GPA., you must also submit Official GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) with the writing section (no older than five years) that meet minimum expectations (see table below).  If your GPA meets the minimum 3.0 requirement, the GRE requirement will be waived.
  6. Three References:
    1. at least two reference forms provided by former or current employers or professors
    2. one reference form a professional acquaintance, but cannot be a family member or an applicant's personal medical or behavioral health provider
  7. Personal Statement
  8. Face-to-Face interview
  9. Teacher Service Record*
  10. Valid Teacher Certificate

*Note: In the State of Texas, applicants must have two years of teaching experience as a certified teacher before they can be eligible for certification as a school counselor.  These two years may be completed while working on your school counseling degree. 

GRE revised General Test Score Bands to be used for Admission to an Educator Preparation Program under the 10% Exception Rule in 19 TAC §227.10(a)(3)(D)

Self-reported Undergraduate GPA GRE Verbal Reasoning1 GRE Quantitative Reasoning1 GRE Analytical Writing2
B-(2.7 GPA) 143-157 140-155 3.0-4.5

Under these circumstances, the GRE may not be waived.

Master of Education in School Counseling
Required Courses
COUN 5011Counseling Profession & Ethics3
COUN 5333Schl Cnslng: Consltn,Coor,Coun3
COUN 5334Effective Human Behavior3
COUN 5364Theories Of Counseling3
COUN 5370Career Cnsling Across Lifespan3
COUN 5379Methods Of Research3
COUN 5385Pre-Practicum:Tcnq Of Counslng3
COUN 5391Chld & Adolescent Counseling 13
COUN 5392Cross Cultural Issues In Cne3
COUN 5397Human Grwth & Dev Acrs Lfspan3
COUN 6335Schl Cnslg:Ldrshp,Advcy,Accoun3
COUN 6363Assessment Guid. & Counseling3
COUN 6374Group Counseling3
COUN 6376Supervised Prac In Counseling3
COUN 6386Internship (First Semester) 23
or COUN 6387 School Counseling Internship
COUN 6386Internship (Second Consecutive Semester) 23
or COUN 6387 School Counseling Internship
Total Hours48

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The MEd in School Counseling is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Higher-order thinking.
  • Oral and written communication.
  • Professional conduct and ethical behavior.
  • Multicultural and diversity competencies.
  • Self-awareness of inter/intrapersonal relationships.
  • Ability to apply counseling and development knowledge to professional practice.