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Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree
School Counseling

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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.

School Counseling Program Goals

Admission Requirements

Formal admittance to the school counseling program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Admittance to WTAMU Graduate School: wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_graduate.aspx
  • Completion of departmental application, including resume, three letters of recommendation, and formal interviews
  • 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)
  • Teacher certification, with one year of classroom teaching experience is highly preferred, but applicants will need to have an affiliation with a school in order to complete practicum requirements. Students who are unable to set up a practicum in K-12 settings (public or accredited private) will not be permitted to advance in the program

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.

School Counseling Coursework: 36 hours

  • COUN 6304 - Introduction to Research Methods 3
  • COUN 6305 - Theories of Counseling 3
  • COUN 6306 - Introduction to School Counseling 3
  • COUN 6308 - Ethical Standards and Practices in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6327 - Career Counseling 3
  • COUN 6328 - Group Counseling 3
  • COUN 6330 - Cross-cultural Counseling 3
  • COUN 6372 - Assessment and Testing in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6375 - Essential Helping Skills of Counseling 3
  • EDPD 6329 - Human Development 3
  • COUN 6399 - Practicum in Counseling 3
  • Three hours from
    • COUN 6324 - Counseling Interventions with Children and Adolescents 3
    • COUN 6326 - Introduction to Play Therapy 3

    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.

    Graduation Requirements

    • Completion of school counseling course work and supervised practicum experience for the Standard Professional School Counselor Certificate
    • Passing a comprehensive exam

    Texas Certification as a Professional School Counselor

    • Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
    • Successfully complete the school counselor program
    • Pass the school counselor certification examination, TExES #152 School Counselor (A candidate may become eligible for school counseling state exam test approval after successfully passing the comprehensive exam.)
    • Have two creditable years of classroom teaching experience

    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.

    Additional Information

    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- mbehl@wtamu.edu

    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