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School Counseling (M.Ed.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in School Counseling offers the opportunity for advanced study and professional development in the fields of School Counseling. School Counseling is designed for students who wish to pursue school counselor certification and to become a school counselor in the K-12 setting.
The Department of Counseling offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in School Counseling. In addition to application to the M.Ed. graduate program, students should apply to the School Counseling Certification Program if they intend to practice as a certified professional school counselor in a school setting upon meeting state requirements. The School Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). For information on SCCP admission information, visit the Department of Counseling website or contact the Department of Counseling Student Development Specialist's office for the required process, timeline and forms.
Why pursue a M.Ed. in School Counseling?
The Masters of Education in School Counseling program:
Prepares graduates to become a certified school counselor in Texas (with two years of teaching experience at the time you apply for state certification)
- Provides a Diploma and transcripts specifying your training and specialty in school counseling.
- Candidates for the Master of Education degree in School Counseling must earn a minimum of 48 semester credit hours.
- Students must pass a comprehensive portfolio assignment during their internship.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Required Degree: A bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology or a related field.
- Other Degree Requirements: Applicants without adequate coursework preparation in Education, Psychology, Sociology or a related field may be required to take COU 3103 Helping Skills and, at the discretion of the admissions committee, to complete up to 15 additional hours of preparatory courses as a condition of admission. Contact the Graduate Advisor of Record for the M.Ed. in School Counseling for more information.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Not required
- Letters of Recommendation: Three Applicant Rating forms are required. Applicant Rating form
- Statement of Purpose: A two-page narrative statement is required.Narrative Statement
- Test Scores: Not required
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 7.0.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 100 or 600 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Career Options Available for a Masters of Education in School Counseling Graduate
- School Counselor
Research taking place in the School Counseling (M.Ed.) program
Creative interventions relative to relationship issues, grief and loss. Comprehensive school guidance and counseling program effectiveness, multicultural issues in counseling, behavioral health issues, brief family consultation, creative approaches to school guidance and counseling services, on-line counseling, addictions, suicidality, crisis intervention, child abuse and other trauma, legal and ethical issues in school counseling, injurious behaviors.