Master of Education in 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

TEA Requirements - TAC Code

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 48/60 credit hours of counseling courses, 
  • supervised Practicum/Internship experience, and
  • passing a comprehensive exam

More information can be found in the program handbook on Student Handbook


Length of the program: Can take 3 to 5 years depending on the number of credits the students complete per semester.
Delivery method: Online 
Cost of the program: This can be found through the Business Office 

Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Malvika Behl at with any questions. 

Admission Requirements

Formal admittance to the school counseling program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • All documents are submitted to WTAMU Graduate School Application: 
    • Departmental Application
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation (one professional/academic and one from an administrator) 
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)
  • NO GRE required

Starting April 1st, 2019 School Counseling students will be charged a TEA fee of 35$ upon admission.

Starting September 1, 2023, based on Senate Bill (SB) 798, service as a classroom teacher can no longer be required for issuance of the School Counselor certificate. The requirements for issuance of the School Counselor certificate are 1) successfully complete a School Counselor preparation program; 2) achieve a passing score on the School Counselor certification exam; and 3) hold at minimum a 48-hour master's degree in counseling from an accredited IHE.

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. 

Admission Deadline

The deadlines for the M.A. Counseling are as follows:

  • August 1 for fall admission
  • December 1 for spring admission
  • May 1 for summer admission

School Counseling Coursework

Course rotations are given to students at the time of admission.

Med. School Counseling Program 48-credit hours  
Med. School Counseling Program + LPC 60-credit hours  


Practicum/Internship Handbook  
Practicum/Internship application  
COMPS Sign up form  
Practice COMPS sign up form  
Where can I get the books?  
Student Testimonials for COMPS  

Program Faculty

Program Faculty  

Texas Certification as a Professional School Counselor

Texas Certification as a Professional School Counselor  
Additional Information  
Military and Transfer Credits  
English Language Proficiency  
Criminal Background Check  

Additional Questions

Additional Questions  

Features of the West Texas A& M University’s Counselor Education Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo, at the WTAMU Amarillo Center, and having access to state-of-the-art teaching and supervision facilities. Faculty offices are located on the 3rd floor.

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-

Thanks for your interest in West Texas A&M University’s Counselor Education Program.


Dr. Malvika Behl
Associate Professor of School Counseling
West Texas A&M University - Amarillo Center
600 S. Tyler St., Suite 702
Amarillo, Texas 79106
(806) 651-8234