Professional School Counseling

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The Professional Counseling program is designed to provide knowledge and skills in order to obtain a School Counselor certification along with a program of coursework that satisfies the requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license. Both program tracks allow students to complete these two goals in concert within our Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree program. Request more information about the degree or program that aligns with your career goals.

School Counselor Certification

Notifications for All Certification Areas

School counselors work in public and private schools, grades K-12, community colleges, and universities. The role of the School Counselor varies depending on the age of the school population and their needs, but these are some common activities as listed in the TExES Preparation manual for School Counselors.

Their functions are to:

  • Use their understanding of human development to provide developmental guidance programs, including counseling services, that meet the needs of all students
  • Apply their understanding of human diversity to ensure that developmental guidance and counseling programs are responsive to all students.
  • Employ their knowledge of the factors that may affect students' development and school achievement to promote students' ability to achieve their potential.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate developmental guidance programs, including counseling services, that promote all students' success.
  • Provide comprehensive developmental guidance programs that promote all students' personal growth and development.
  • Offer effective counseling services to individuals and small groups
  • Utilize assessment results to identify students' strengths and needs, monitor progress, and engage in planning to promote school success.
  • Communicate effectively with families and establish collaborative relationships that enhance work with students.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and with community members to promote positive change and to facilitate student learning.
  • Comply with ethical, legal, and professional standards relevant to the profession.

Course Work

  • COUN 6303 Practicum in Counseling
  • COUN 6310 Counseling in Schools
  • COUN 6311 Multicultural Counseling
  • COUN 6316 Addiction Counseling: Theory and Techniques
  • COUN 6318 Assessment in Counseling
  • COUN 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling
  • COUN 6322 Abnormal Human Behavior
  • COUN 6325 Career Education: The Counselor's Role
  • COUN 6327 Theories of Counseling
  • COUN 6329 Group Counseling: Theories and Techniques  
  • COUN 6332 Counseling Across the Life Span
  • COUN 6333 Counseling Techniques
  • COUN 6336 Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • COUN 6337 Crises and Trauma Response
  • COUN 6343 Advanced Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology
  • COUN 6345 Research and Program Evaluation
  • COUN 6348 Internship I
  • COUN 6348 Internship II


  • COUN 6319 Death and Dying
  • COUN 6338 Introduction to Play Therapy – can be substituted for COUN 6336
  • COUN 6339 Play Therapy in School Settings – can be substituted for COUN 6336
  • COUN 6340 Advanced Counseling Techniques
  • COUN 6346 Introduction to Student Services in Higher Education

Contact Us

For information about pursuing your master's degree in Counseling,


(361) 570-4371
(281) 396-3721
1-877-970-4848, ext. 4371

In person: Suite 213, University West (Victoria)