The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare counselors to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of school-aged youth in the context of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program. Further, our goal is to prepare ethical, culturally competent school counselors who address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development. Students are prepared to work professionally with children from kindergarten through high school.
Formal admittance to the school counseling program requires:
Before beginning work toward the standard professional certificate, the student must hold the appropriate standard/provisional certificate. Students entering this program must meet approval by the Counselor Admissions Committee. Before receiving the standard professional certificate, the student must complete the proper graduate program, have two years of teaching experience and pass the appropriate state test.
All classes are offered in an online format, except 6399 which is offered online with a practicum experience completed in person in a school setting.
Please browse the Counselor Education’s Course Descriptions within the counselor education program for further information.
More information about Texas Certification can be located at the Texas Education Agency Website (www.tea.texas.gov
Field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships required for Texas Certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU. A non-certification option that does not require field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships in Texas is available for students whose residency is outside the state of Texas.
If a student is seeking a counseling position in a school district before graduating and there is a strong demand in addition to district support, a student may be considered for a school counseling temporary position after successfully being accepted into the program and program approval.
School counseling students wishing to continue their education towards licensure as a professional counselor may do so by either first completing their M.Ed. degree and returning for the remaining courses or taking the course requirements in conjunction with their school counseling courses.
Additional information about the school counseling profession is available from the following websites:
Features of the West Texas A& M University’s Counselor Education Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo’s Chase Tower and having access to state-of-the-art teaching and supervision facilities. Faculty offices are located on the 7th floor. The program hosts the annual Waugh and Roberson Counseling Seminars for the professional development of students and professionals.
If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Malvika Behl- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest in West Texas A&M University’s Counselor Education Program.
Dr. Malvika Behl
West Texas A&M University – Amarillo Center
600 S. Tyler St., Lockbox 12132
Amarillo, Texas 79106