The school counselor today is a vital member of the educational team on each campus. They guide students and parents through the educational process and act as partners with the teachers on their campus. Their goal is to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, psychological and social development, and college/career development. They can make the difference for a child as they become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. This degree prepares interested individuals to meet the state requirements to become certified as school counselors.
In order to enter this program the graduate student needs to be a certified teacher or be working on their teacher certification. This degree program is 37 hours of graduate coursework. Students must complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher and must be admitted to candidacy, which includes comprehensive exams, and satisfactorily complete a written comprehensive examination. Students must also complete a practicum, consisting of a minimum of 350 clock hours, in a University-approved school setting.
In addition to completing the course work listed above, they must also successfully complete the required state certification exam. Once the student has passed their exam, and sent a copy of their service record, they will be approved for state certification by TEA.