Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling

Website: https://twu.edu/human-development-family-studies-counseling/graduate-programs/counseling-development/

The Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling program is anticipated to close January 1, 2023 upon SACS approval.  Students interested in applying should talk with their advisor regarding completion of this certificate before enrolling.

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 master's degree in Counseling, 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.

Marketable Skills

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."

  1. Apply school counseling knowledge to professional practice
  2. Demonstrate multicultural competence in work with students and families
  3. Engage in problem-solving and critical thinking

Admissions

The Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling program is anticipated to close January 1, 2023 upon SACS approval.  Students interested in applying should talk with their advisor regarding completion of this certificate before enrolling.

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.

Degree Requirements

The Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling program is anticipated to close January 1, 2023 upon SACS approval.  Students interested in applying should talk with their advisor regarding completion of this certificate before enrolling.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

17 semester credit hours (SCH).

Special Requirements

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 six years. 

Practicum and Internship experiences must be completed in a TEA accredited school.

COUN 5033Foundations of School Counseling3
COUN 5043Critical Issues in School Counseling3
COUN 5053Applied Skills in School Counseling3
COUN 5894Internship in Counseling (2 semesters, Fall/Spring or Spring/Fall)8
Total SCHs17