Master of Education in School Counseling


The master's degree in School Counseling prepares students for a career in school counseling in the state of Texas. It is offered up to 100% online. The degree is designed to meet the School Counselor educational requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification.

Note: This degree does not lead to Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure. Students interested in pursuing both school counseling and LPC licensure should select the M.S. in Counseling & Development, which also has a school counseling track.

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. Critically consume research literature​.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and social responsibility​.
  3. Demonstrate multicultural competence​.
  4. Engage in crisis and conflict resolution.​
  5. Apply school counseling knowledge to professional practice​.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

50 semester credit hours (SCH).

Special Requirements

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 graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program and ineligible to apply for admission to another HDFSC program for a period of 6 years. 

Additional information about specific program requirements can be found in the School Counseling Student Handbook.

Final Examination

Students will complete a school counseling portfolio throughout the program, which will result in a final culminating project in the last Internship class. The student's advisory committee will review the project and determine the outcome. The advisory committee should consist of three Counseling and Development faculty members, all of whom must hold Graduate Faculty status. 

Counseling Core
COUN 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling3
COUN 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
COUN 5443Multicultural Counseling3
Additional Course Requirements
COUN 5173Abnormal Behavior: Crisis Impacts and Treatments3
COUN 5323Psychological Appraisal of the Individual3
COUN 5383Counseling Children and Adolescents3
COUN 5453Counseling for Career Development3
HDFS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
School Counseling Specialty
COUN 5033Foundations of School Counseling3
COUN 5043Critical Issues in School Counseling3
COUN 5053Applied Skills in School Counseling3
Clinical Competencies
COUN 5363Prepracticum3
COUN 5373Group Counseling Procedures3
COUN 5894Internship in Counseling (Taken two times)8
Total SCHs50