Texas Tech University

Counselor Education - School Counseling

The Counseling programs at TTU are nationally accredited by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), and they are the only programs west of Dallas and east of Albuquerque with CACREP accreditation.

The 48-hour MEd program in School Counseling prepares students for counseling in educational settings at the elementary and secondary levels. The School Counseling program includes the coursework required for certification as a School Counselor in the State of Texas. Students who have a Master's Degree in a related field may select the 48-hour non-degree Certification in School Counseling option.

Programs in the College of Education identify a Trademark Outcome that defines the higher order outcomes that will enhance the success of graduates when entering their counseling careers. The Trademark Outcome for School Counseling is "Implementation of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model."

Faculty are involved in local, state, regional, and national professional counseling organizations. Faculty support and encourage students to be involved in professional organizations. Faculty foster an environment of appreciation and respect for differing values, beliefs, and backgrounds. Faculty subscribe to the ethical standards and values recognized by the counseling profession, and they expect students to learn and follow the same ethical standards. Faculty support and encourage the application of ethical practices and policies ensuring access, equity, and excellence in Counselor Education.

Program Overview

The College of Education offers both a Master's of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education. The Master's program offers two tracks: School Counseling, which is a 48-hour program; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which is a 60-hour program. The Doctoral program requires a minimum of 93 hours.

Degrees Offered

Master of Education – MEd – School Counseling

Non-Degree Professional Certification in School Counseling Program

Offered: face-to-face

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Completing an MEd in School Counseling prepares the student for a career as a counselor in either public or private schools. School Counseling graduates are also prepared to serve as directors of guidance for school districts. Other career opportunities for school counseling graduates include: career counseling, college advising, and college counseling centers.

Application Materials

All programs require that you submit an online application through the Graduate School.

College Transcripts – Send unofficial copies of all transcripts to the Texas Tech Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. The transcripts must be in PDF format and no larger than 2 MB. Multiple attachments per email will be accepted. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

* Official transcripts will be required during your first semester if you are admitted to your desired program.

* International applicants will need to submit additional materials. Please review the Graduate School website for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

GRE Scores, resume, applicant statement, 3 professional recommendations, and a valid Teaching Certificate (required for Texas residents). References include, but are not limited to, the following: past professors, boss, director, and volunteer supervisor employed but the organization. References that are not acceptable include, but are not limited to, spiritual leaders, people under your supervision, past students, neighbors, anyone related to you, and personal friends. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Course Rotation (48 hour program)

Fall (Year 1)

Spring (Year 1)

Summer I (Year 1)

Summer II (Year 1)

EPCE 5358, Introduction to School Counseling

EPCE 5364, Theories of Counseling

EPCE 5370, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

EPCE 5371, Counseling Diverse Populations for LPC

EPSY 5331, Human Development

EPSY 5379, Introduction to Educational Research

EPCE 5355, Introduction to Career Counseling

EPCE 5367, Couples and Family Counseling

EPCE 5376, Assessment for Professional Counselors

Fall (Year 2)

Spring (Year 2)

Summer I (Year 2)

Summer II (Year 2)

EPCE 5357, Techniques of Counseling I

EPCE 5352, Child and Adolescent Counseling

EPCE 5354, Group Counseling

EPCE 5360, Practicum in Counseling

 

Fall (Year 3)

Spring (Year 3)

   

EPCE 5094, Internship in

Counseling I

EPCE 5094, Internship in

Counseling II

   

School Counseling students must select one elective course to complete the 48 hours required.

*Students are responsible for checking degree plans to ensure they are taking the correct courses and course offerings are subject to change.

Semester in which the program can be started

Although we will consider admissions in any semester, we primarily admit in the Fall Semester. The course rotation (see above) begins in the Fall, and students who enter at other times must complete all required coursework before moving forward in the program.

Estimated Hours to Completion

48 hours

Allowable Transfer Hours

Transfer credit. A maximum of 6-9 approved semester hours of graduate coursework may be transferred from a CACREP accredited Counselor Education Program. Transfer courses may not include group (EPCE 5354), techniques (EPCE 5357), dysfunctional (EPCE 5366), ethics (EPCE 5370), practicum (EPCE 5360), or internship (EPCE 5094). No course on the degree plan may be over six years old at the time the degree is conferred. 

Deadlines

Applications should be submitted a minimum of six (6) weeks before the semester the prospective student wishes to begin the program.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.

Contacts

Dr. L.J. Gould
counselinginquiries.educ@ttu.edu

Faculty