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Professional School Counseling (M.S.)

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The M.S. in professional school counseling program is designed for candidates interested in careers as Texas school counselors.

Candidates may qualify upon completion of the degree to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for the Professional Certificate for School Counselors.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate work, including all academic requirements for the Professional Certificate for School Counselors, and must submit proof of two years of classroom teaching experience to be eligible for the TExES school counseling exam. This program is not accredited by CACREP. The College of Education is accredited by CAEP.

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Master of Science in professional school counseling


Professional school counselors in Texas

Program Highlights

  • We offer eight-week courses that are 100 percent online.

  • Students gain extensive field experience through internships and practicum opportunities.

  • Our 48-credit-hour program is designed to meet the academic requirements to become a Certified School Counselor in the state of Texas.

  • Our program was ranked in 2019 as No. 5 in the U.S. among the “20 Most Affordable Master’s in School Counseling Degrees Online” by

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Learner-Centered Knowledge: The certified school counselor has a broad knowledge base.
  • Learner-Centered Skills: The certified school counselor applies the knowledge base to promote the educational, personal, social and career development of the learner as outlined in The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.
  • Learner-Centered Process: The certified school counselor participates in the development, monitoring, revision and evaluation of a campus based on The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs that promotes learners’ knowledge, skills, motivation and personal growth.
  • Learner-Centered Equity and Excellence for All Learners: The certified school counselor promotes academic success for all learners by acknowledging, respecting and responding to diversity while building on similarities that bond all people.
  • Learner-Centered Communications: The certified school counselor, an advocate for all students and the school, demonstrates effective professional and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Learner-Centered Professional Development: The certified school counselor continues professional development, demonstrating a commitment to learn, to improve the profession, and to model professional ethics and personal integrity.

Admission Requirements

All college and university transcripts. The GRE is NOT required for admission.


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • For State of Texas certification, applicants must have two years teaching experience in an accredited public school prior to eligibility for approval to take TExES school counselor exam.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to register for the first and second eight-week sessions simultaneously, before the first eight-week session begins.
  • Out-of-state students are responsible for ensuring program meets state requirements and may also want to see the Guidance Counseling Master’s Degree (M.Ed) program.

Application Deadlines

8 week Program Deadline:

  • Spring A – Jan. 1
  • Spring B – March 1

  • Summer – May 1

  • Fall A – Aug. 12

  • Fall B – Oct. 1

Degree Plan

  • Master of Science in Professional School Counseling 

    Required Courses
     Courses Hours
    EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences 3
    EDG 6302 Tests and Measurements 3
    EDG 6304 Research 3
    EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles 3
    EDG 6307 Professional Writing for Educators 3
    EDG 6323 Theories of Counseling 3
    EDG 6324 Career and Occupational Counseling 3
    EDG 6325 Practicum in Counseling 3
    EDG 6327 Dysfunctional Behavior 3
    EDG 6331 Role of the School Counselor 3
    EDG 6363 Leadership 3
    EDG 6399 Professional Practice 3
    EDSC 6300 Capstone in School Counseling 3
    EDSC 6301 Comprehensive School Counseling Programs 3
    EDSC 6302 School Counseling Techniques 3
    EDSC 6303 Human Growth and Development 3
    Total semester credit hours for Master of Science in Professional School Counseling 48

    Courses in this program are offered through an online format.

    In addition to coursework, student must complete a Comprehensive Program Review (CPR). Prospective graduates must apply for the Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) no later than the first day of the last semester of coursework.

  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.


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