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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling prepares students to satisfy academic requirements for the Professional School Counseling Certification in the State of Texas. Students completing this degree and passing the TExES examination for School Counseling are eligible for employment as a school counselor in an educational setting.

Admission to this program is available only to those students who satisfy the Program Admission Requirements as stated under the Graduate Admission requirements,

This program can be completed through a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Career Impact

Graduates will be counselors, academic advisors and advocates who create conditions of academic achievement for children in public and private schools.

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Degree Plan Requirements

3hrs

Required Graduate Studies

45hrs

Major Requirements

The mission of the Master of Arts in School Counseling is to provide students with a comprehensive school counseling curriculum to serve school-age children. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling prepares students to satisfy academic requirements for the Professional School Counseling Certification in the State of Texas. Graduates will be counselors, academic advisors, and advocates who create conditions of academic achievement for children in public and private schools. Admission to this program is available only to those students who satisfy the Program Admission Requirements.

The program is comprised of forty-eight (48) graduate hours and includes a minimum of 160 practicum hours. Students completing this degree and passing the TExES examination for School Counseling are eligible for employment as a school counselor in an educational setting. Students must pass the TExES examination and satisfy the teaching experience requirement prior to entering CSL6870 School Counseling Practicum I.  This program focuses on the utilization of the data-driven approach in the areas of social-emotional, academic, and career development in children and adolescents. The program is offered in the campus-based mode only with some online courses available.


A graduate with a Master of Arts in School Counseling will be able to:

  • Design a student’s individual planning component used in school counseling.
  • Apply the domains of the state guidance plan during field experience.
  • Utilize interview techniques and developmental theories to compose a written assessment of a parent-child-school dynamic.
  • Analyze a chosen theory and integrate the theory into a school counseling setting.
  • Articulate ethical decisions conforming to state law and code of ethics required of school counselors.
  • Interpret and utilize school data and research literature to substantiate the development of a guidance program.
RequirementsHours
I. Required Graduate Studies3 hours
RGS6035 Theory & Application of Research Methods3 hours
II. Major Requirements45 hours
CSL6745 School Counseling Ethics3 hours
CSL6779 Counseling in Schools3 hours
CSL6782 Theories & Methods of Counseling3 hours
CS6798 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology & Treatment3 hours
CSL6800 Counseling Assessment Techniques3 hours
CSL6801 Life Span Development3 hours
CSL6803 Career Counseling & Guidance3 hours
CSL6805 Group Counseling3 hours
CSL6830 Advanced Counseling Skills & Techniques3 hours
CSL6832 Multicultural Counseling3 hours
CSL6833 Counseling Children & Adolescents3 hours
CSL6837 Strategies for Behavioral Interventions3 hours
CSL6870 School Counseling Practicum I3 hours
CSL6875 School Counseling Practicum II3 hours
CSL6880 School Counseling Practicum III3 hours
Total48 hours

The minimum requirements for a Master of Arts in School Counseling are:

  • 36 semester hours applicable to the degree must be completed at Amberton University.
  • 48 semester hours for a degree.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required.

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Retention & Dismissal Policy School Counseling Program

School Counseling Program Updates and Notices

Degree Plan Requirements

3hrs

Required Graduate Studies

45hrs

Major Requirements

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“Working in education is not a 9-to-5 job. Thanks to my professors at Amberton I was able to manage and complete my MA School Counseling degree program. I learned how to take care of education challenges and take care of myself.”

Crystal N.

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Master Of Arts - School Counseling

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