Texas Tech University

Counselor Education - School Counseling

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Effective July 1, 2023, the School Counseling program will become a 60-hour program.

Anyone admitted to the School Counseling program after July 1, 2023, will be required to complete 60 hours to fulfill the degree requirements for the program. The 60-hour course sequence is available by contacting Dr. Gould at lj.gould@ttu.edu.

The Counseling programs at TTU are nationally accredited by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).

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 and excellence in Counselor Education.

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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

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

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. 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.

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.

  • Due to ongoing accessibility concerns, the Graduate School has suspended GRE test score requirements for applications through at least Summer 2025. For more information, please contact the Graduate School.

The Admission Rubric Form will be used to evaluate applicants who apply to the program. Please use your personal statement and resume to address the areas the rubric evaluates.

Application Process

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

Course Rotation (48 hour program)

Please see the Admitted M.Ed. Handbook for information about the Course Rotation.

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. 



Tuition & Fees

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Orientation Materials

Download the School Counseling orientation materials


L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentcounselinginquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224