The School Counseling Certificate program prepares Post-Master’s students for a career in school counseling. The program provides the academic requirements for students to be eligible to sit for the state school counseling exam as well as obtaining employment as a school counselor in the Texas Public School System. Further, it prepares students to successfully execute a school counseling guidance program by aligning coursework with the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) model.
This certificate program integrates basic counseling skills and school counseling requirements. Coursework emphasizes the multicultural demographics that exist in the school systems as well as ways to serve these populations’ respective needs.
In addition to this certificate, students must satisfy other state-mandated criteria for certification in school counseling, which includes holding a teaching certificate in Texas and having taught as the teacher of record in a public or accredited private school for a minimum of two years.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Apply school counseling knowledge to professional practice
- Demonstrate multicultural competence in work with students and families
- Engage in problem-solving and critical thinking
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
17 semester credit hours (SCH).
All applicants pursuing a Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling must already hold a Master's degree in Counseling.
No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Human Development, Family Studies, and Counseling (HDFSC). If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any HDFSC program, the student will be dismissed from the program and ineligible to apply for another HDFSC program for a period of 6 years. In addition, Counseling and Development students who earn a grade of PR twice in COUN 5894, or who earn a grade below B in another course and a PR in COUN 5894, will be dismissed.
Practicum and Internship experiences must be completed in a TEA accredited school.
|COUN 5033||Foundations of School Counseling||3|
|COUN 5043||Critical Issues in School Counseling||3|
|COUN 5053||Applied Skills in School Counseling||3|
|COUN 5894||Internship in Counseling (2 semesters, Fall/Spring or Spring/Fall)||8|