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Master of Arts in School Counseling - ONLINE

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The Master of Arts in School Counseling program at UT Tyler prepares proficient, creative, and multi-culturally competent school counselors to: (a) assume an active role in counseling, consulting, and leadership, (b) promote academic excellence and equal learning opportunities for all students, and (c) base their work on a fundamental understanding of comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, including methods of planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Program graduates are prepared as systemic thinkers who demonstrate competence in fundamental counseling skills, work from a theoretical counseling perspective, and are considered competent in the use of current research in the practice of professional school counseling.

The program curriculum is designed to align with the Texas School Counselor standards and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) ethical guidelines. This degree fulfills the educational qualifications necessary to meet the course requirements to become Professional School Counselors certified by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

The School Counseling program is a cohort program that begins each Summer. There is no Fall or Spring entry into the program.

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Online Master of Arts in School Counseling

  • Complete coursework online
  • Graduate in 1 ½ years
  • M.A. = 36 hour program, vs. 42-48 in many programs
  • TExES passing rates among the best in Texas with 100% pass rate for school counseling students
  • Currently employed full-time, K-12 teachers are eligible for up to $300 per semester by apply for the Teachers in Excellence Scholarship

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the UT Tyler Master of Arts in School Counseling program, a prospective student must submit GRE Scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, UT Tyler application for graduate studies, and the departmental department information sheet (includes the Statement of Purpose).

International Applicants: If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by a service on this list. Also, a total ibt TOEFL score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.


  • Submit complete transcripts reflecting the reception of a Bachelor's degree and any other relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students should request official academic transcripts be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Any request by the student for acceptance of graduate transfer credit should contact

Application Submission


April 15, 2015: Applications must be completed by this date for guaranteed processing. Applications that are completed after this date will be processed as they come in, but time may not permit admission to the cohort.

May 8, 2015: No application materials will be accepted after this date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

There are two portions of the application process:


  • Start by applying through our online application.
  • Send all transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions (first address below)
  • Send GRE scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions (our ETS code is 6850)


Once all this material has been received, you will be contacted for a brief Skype interview. After the interview, you will be contacted with an admissions decision within 3-5 business days.

Application fees are non-refundable, even if the application arrived too late to process.


The Office of Graduate Admissions ADM 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

School Counseling Admissions
Department of Psychology and Counseling
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799


  • Abnormal Psychology (Can be taken simultaneously with our program, but must be completed by fourth semester.)
  • NOTE:  Texas applicants must have a valid teaching certificate and two years teaching experience prior to completion of the school counseling program in order to apply for State licensure.

In addition to the requirements listed above, the following elements are used to calculate an admission score for the MA in School Counseling program. A student must receive a total of 5 or more points using the following criteria:

V/Q Combined
GPA -(Last 60 Hrs.) 9+ Hours Graduate Study Employed as a School Counselor 
920 or higher: 4 pts 3.50 or higher: 4 pts  3.6 GPA or higher: 2 pts  1 point
890 or higher: 3 pts 3.00 or higher: 3 pts  3.0 GPA or higher: 1 pt  
860 or higher: 2 pts 2.75 or higher: 2 pts    
850 or higher: 1 pt 2.50 or higher: 1 pt    


Please Note: Students who have completed a master's degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may waive the GRE requirement, otherwise a student's point total must include at least 1 point from the GRE and 1 point from the GPA column. 

Master of Arts in School Counseling Degree Plan

Course Sequence - Beginning Summer 2013

Contact Linda Speed,  903.566.7130 for registration codes prior to registration.

Summer #1 COUN 5324 Cultural Diversity of Clients
COUN 5345 Group Processes
COUN 5313 Family Therapy
Fall #1 COUN 5334 Foundations and Ethics of School Counseling
EDUC 5301 Research Methods in Behavioral Science
Spring #1 PSYC 5312 Counseling Theories
PSYC 5335 Career Counseling and Assessment
Summer #2 PSYC 5301 Tests & Measurements
PSYC 5320 Human Growth & Development Advanced Studies
PSYC 5330 Counseling Children & Adolescents
Fall #2 COUN 5344 Advanced Principles of School Counseling
COUN 5386 Supervised Internship in School Counseling

All students must complete the courses in accordance with the categories below for a total of 36 hours.

A. Professional School Counseling (9 hours)

  • COUN 5334 Foundations of School Counseling
  • COUN 5335 Career Counseling and Assessment
  • COUN 5344 Advanced Principles of School Counseling

B. The Pupil Served (6 hours)

  • PSYC 5320 Advanced Study in Human Growth and Development
  • COUN 5324 Cultural Diversity of Clients

C. Research (3 hours)

  • EDUC 5301 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

D. Counseling and Development Services (15 hours)

  • PSYC 5301 Tests and Measurement
  • PSYC 5312 Counseling Theories
  • PSYC 5330 Counseling Children and Adolescents (Applied course)
  • PSYC 5345 Group Processes (Applied course)
  • COUN 5313 Family Therapy

E. Supervised Practice (3 hours)

  • COUN 5386 Supervised Practicum in School Counseling (Applied course)

Note: Prerequisites should be completed before or simultaneously with basic courses. All basic courses should precede applied courses.

F. Prerequisite (Not included in the 36 hour plan)

  • PSYC 4311 Abnormal Psychology (to be offered online through UT Tyler - Fall 2012)
  • PSYC 5361 Behavior Modification (non-teachers only)

Additional Information

Out of State information

We can make no claims as to whether our program meets the certification criteria of any state other than Texas.

Unless you do your internship in Texas, you will not be eligible for Texas School Counselor certification.

For assistance, please see the links below to access the appropriate department

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