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Online Master’s Degree
in Guidance and Counseling (M.Ed.)

  • Introduction

    The Master of Education in guidance and counseling program is designed for candidates interested in careers as public school counselors, college and university counselors, and other positions in counseling.

    The program prepares you to apply to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to seek certification as a school counselor. As part of the certification requirements, applicants must hold a Texas Teacher Certificate, and two years of teaching experience in an accredited public school is required prior to application.

    Students also have the option upon completion of the degree to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for the Professional Certificate for School Counselors. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate work. Learn more on our Texas School Counselor Certification page. 

  • Program Prerequisites
    •   Guidance and Counseling
      Admission Formula No formula
      Test Scores None unless required by advisor
      All college and university transcripts Yes
      Essay No
      Résumé No
      • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better, including all grades on repeated courses – or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
      • Hold a Texas Teacher Certificate or equivalent (not required for the M.Ed. in Student Development and Leadership or the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction).
  • Degree Plan
    Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling
    36 Credit Hours



    EDG 6300 Curriculum Development


    EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences


    EDG 6302 Tests and Measurements


    EDG 6303 Lifespan Development


    EDG 6304 Applied Research


    EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles


    EDG 6320 Individual Counseling Skills


    EDG 6321 Group Counseling Skills 


    EDG 6323 Theories of Counseling


    EDG 6324 Career and Occupational Counseling


    6 hours of electives or completion of certification plan with advisor approval


  • Courses
    • EDG 6324 Career and Occupational Counseling (3-0). A study of the basic principles related to educational-vocational planning, including practical experiences in administering, reviewing, and evaluating occupational and career standardized data profiles.

    • EDG 6323 Theories of Counseling (3-0). An introduction to the fundamental counseling theories with emphasis on application of theories to counseling practice.

    • EDG 6321 Group Counseling Skills (3-0). The theory and types of groups, including dynamics and the methods of practice with groups.

    • EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles (3-0). Explores the field of knowledge of federal, state, and local school laws pertinent to educational administration. Includes a study of ethics and codes of ethics used to facilitate effective decision making.

    • EDG 6304 Applied Research (3-0). This course will focus on collecting and interpreting data to achieve a stated educational goal for each individual student. Concepts of tests and measurements will be emphasized for interpreting research results and gathering data for applied research. Students will develop a project based upon their research. Student will apply concepts learned within their own classroom under the guidance of the professor.

    • EDG 6303 Lifespan Development (3-0). A study of human development through the life span, including social, emotional, cognitive, language, and cultural influences.

    • EDG 6302 Tests and Measurements (3-0). A study of typical methods of measuring intelligence, achievement, special aptitudes, and personality. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and use of tests. Elementary statistical terms and processes are studied.

    • EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences (3-0). Designed to present a broad base of knowledge about culture and learning. Approaches, materials, and research will be investigated. Specific skills for identifying learning problems and solving them through classroom instruction will be featured.

    • EDG 6300 Curriculum Development (3-0). Learn to analyze and design curriculum appropriate for all students using feedback from continuous and appropriate assessment. Curriculum will be based on valid learning theories, have clear goals and objectives, consider student diversity, and account for external influences.