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

The M.Ed. in guidance and counseling program is designed for those interested in careers as public school counselors (non-Texas certification), college and university counselors, and other positions in counseling.

You must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work, including all academic requirements.

All courses offered in the program are delivered through an online format for the convenience of the candidate. This program is not accredited by CACREP. The College of Education is accredited by CAEP.

Online Only


Master of Education in guidance and counseling


  • Public school counselors (non-Texas certification). Out-of-state candidates are responsible for ensuring program meets state requirements. Texas candidates, see the Professional School Counseling (M.S.) program.
  • College and university counselors
  • Other positions in counseling

Program Highlights

  • We offer eight-week courses that are 100 percent online, allowing students to complete the program in less than two years.

  • Our program was ranked No. 5 in 2019 among the “Most Affordable Online Master’s in Educational Counseling Degrees” by 

  • Our program was ranked No. 8 in 2019 among the “Best Online Master’s in Educational Counseling Degrees” by

  • Our program was ranked No. 20 in 2019 among the “Best Online Master’s in School Counseling Programs” 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

Note: 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 hold a Texas Teacher Certificate and have two years teaching experience in an accredited public school.

Application Deadlines

8 week Program Deadline:

Spring A – Jan. 1

Spring B – March 1

Summer – May 1

Fall A – Aug. 1

Fall B – Oct. 1

You are strongly encouraged to register for the first and second eight-week sessions simultaneously, before the first eight-week session begins.

Degree Plan

  • Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
    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 6320 Individual Counseling 3
    EDG 6321 Group Counseling 3
    EDG 6323 Theories of Counseling 3
    EDG 6324 Career and Occupational Counseling 3
    EDG 6327 Dysfunctional Behavior 3
    EDG 6363 Leadership 3
    EDG 6396 Capstone in Guidance and Counseling 3
    Total SCH for Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling 36

    In addition to coursework, students 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.

Departmental Scholarships

For a complete list of available scholarships, see the Scholarship Programs website.

  • Dr. Raymond M. and Maurine Cavness Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Jack and Ramona Cavness Quirey
    Eligibility Deserving juniors, seniors or graduate students in the School of Education
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable

    General Statement: Dr. Raymond M. Cavness served as president of San Angelo College 1954–65 and Angelo State College from 1965–67. Under Dr. Cavness’ guidance and leadership, San Angelo College made the critical transition from a community-based junior college to a four-year state-supported institution.

  • Dr. Verna Mae Crutchfield Special Education Scholarship Award
    Donor Dr. Verna Mae Crutchfield
    Eligibility Junior or senior special education majors
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Elizabeth Boren Eaton Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Texas Delta Theta Chapter, Alpha Delta Kappa Education Honorary Sorority
    Eligibility Deserving students who have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Hauztenc Cox Jackson Memorial Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Area Council PTA
    Eligibility Deserving junior or senior education majors
    Amount $300
    Number One per year
  • John L. Bishop Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Mrs. John L. Bishop
    Eligibility Deserving junior or senior teacher education major
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Olson-Buttery Memorial Scholarship
    Donor John C. Olson and Dorothy Buttery Olson
    Eligibility Deserving students majoring in education
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Pat Baker Memorial Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Texas State Teachers Association Members
    Eligibility Junior or senior teacher education majors who graduated from a Tom Green County high school
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • San Angelo Retired Teachers Association Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Retired Teachers Association
    Eligibility Juniors or seniors who intend to teach
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable


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