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Counseling (certificate) Graduate Program

Department of Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree

Major in Counseling (Major Code: 5457)

General Requirements

Formal admittance to the counselor education program requires:

  • Admittance to WTAMU Graduate School;
  • Formal interviews conducted with candidates
  • Minimum composite score of 1500, calculated by GRE + (last 60 hours GPA x 200),
  • Completion of departmental application, including three letters of recommendation
  • All students are conditionally admitted for the first six hours
  • Full admission comes after the formal interview
  • Deadlines:  August 1 (Fall), Dec. 1 (Spring), May 1 (Sum 1)

To enter the counselor education program, students must:

  • Meet all graduate admission requirements
  • Make application to the counseling program before completion of 6 semester hours in the counseling program. Students are not allowed to take more than 6 semester hours of counseling courses without formal interview and acceptance into the counseling program.
  • 12 hours of psychology courses and/or 6 hours of psychology courses and 6 hours of educational courses; general psychology and abnormal psychology are required (PSYC 2301 and PSYC 4360 or PSYC 5360).
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Teaching Certificate and two years of teaching experience (at time of graduation)

School Counseling Course Requirements (54-57 hours)

  • COUN 6304, 6305, 6306, 6308, 6324, 6326, 6327, 6328, 6330, 6365, 6371, 6372, and 6375
  • EDPD 6329
  • COUN 6380, 6398, and 6399
  • Three hours from COUN 6340, 6373, 6376, 6382, 6392,* and 6394*

              *With instructor approval

Feel free to browse through the Counselor Education’sCourse Descriptions within the counselor education program for further information.

Students may become eligible for school counseling state exam test approval after accruing 48/54 hours and successfully passing comprehensive exams.

If a student is seeking a counseling position in a school district before graduating, and there is a strong demand in addition to district support, a student may consider a school counseling temporary positionafter successfully being accepted into the program and accruing 30/54 hours.

School Counseling Students wishing to continue their education towards licensure as a professional counselor will need to first complete their MEd degree then return for remaining requirements.

At any point you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate. You may also find out more information the counseling profession through the following websites:

Features of the West Texas A& M University’s Counselor Education Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo’s Chase Tower and having access to state of the art teaching and supervision facilities. Classrooms are located on the 10th and 11th floor while faculty offices are located on the 7th. The West Texas A&M Counselor Education Program is host to Psi Tau Omega, the local chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society in Counseling in addition to the Waugh and Roberson annual Counseling Seminar Conferences. 

At any point you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate to contact us at ycastillo@wtamu.edu or fkelly@wtamu.edu.

Thanks for your interest in West Texas A&M University’s Counselor Education Program.

Dr. Yvette Castillo invites you to learn more about the opportunities for growth and career development within the M.A. and M.Ed. programs of study.


West Texas A&M University – Amarillo Center
600 S. Tyler St., Lockbox 12132
Amarillo, Texas 79106

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