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Counseling, M.Ed.

 

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The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare counselors to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of school-aged youth in the context of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program.  Further, our goal is to prepare ethical, culturally competent school counselors who address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development.  Students are prepared to work professionally with children from kindergarten through high school.

School Counseling Program Goals

Counselor Education Student Handbook

Practicum Handbook - School Counseling Program

TEA Requirements - TAC Code

Admission Requirements

Formal admittance to the school counseling program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Admittance to WTAMU Graduate School: wtamu.edu/academics/graduate-school/apply/apply-now.html
  • Completion of departmental application with Screening questions: School Counseling Program application.pdf
  • Three letters of recommendation: wtamu.edu/CEreference (2 professional and 1 personal)
  • Submit the following via email to mbehl@wtamu.edu
    • Resume
    • Official transcripts
    • Service Record (A copy of your service record can be obtained from Human Resources and/or Superintendent's Office)
    • Teacher Certificate
  • 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)
  • Teacher certification, with one year of classroom teaching experience is highly preferred, but applicants will need to have an affiliation with a school in order to complete practicum requirements. Students who are unable to set up a practicum in K-12 settings (public or accredited private) will not be permitted to advance in the program.

Starting April 1st, 2019 School Counseling students will be charged a TEA fee of 35$ upon admission.

All paperwork will be emailed to you and you can email it back to Dr. Malvika Behl at mbehl@wtamu.edu.

Before beginning work toward the standard professional certificate, the student must hold the appropriate standard/provisional certificate. Students entering this program must meet approval by the Counselor Admissions Committee. Before receiving the standard professional certificate, the student must complete the proper graduate program, have two years of teaching experience and pass the appropriate state test.

School Counseling Coursework: 48 hours

  • COUN 6305 - Theories of Counseling 3
  • COUN 6306 - Introduction to School Counseling 3
  • COUN 6308 - Ethical Standards and Practices in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6327 - Career Counseling 3
  • COUN 6328 - Group Counseling 3
  • COUN 6330 - Cross-cultural Counseling 3
  • COUN 6372 - Assessment and Testing in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6375 - Essential Helping Skills of Counseling 3
  • EDPD 6303 - Educational Research 3
  • EDPD 6329 - Human Development 3
  • COUN 6399 - Practicum in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6324 - Counseling Interventions with Children and Adolescents 3
  • COUN 6365 - Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6374 - Introduction to Addictions Counseling 3
  • COUN 6334 - Crisis Counseling 3
  • Three hours from
    • COUN 6326 - Introduction to Play Therapy 3
    • COUN 6376 - Sexuality Across the Lifespan 3
    • COUN 6382 - Counselor Supervision 3
    • COUN 6392 - Special Topics in Counseling 3
    • COUN 6309 - Advanced Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling 3
    • COUN 6371 - Introduction to Psychopharmacology 3

All classes are offered in an online format, except 6399 which is offered online with a practicum experience completed in person in a school setting.

Please browse the Counselor Education’s Course Descriptions within the counselor education program for further information.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of school counseling course work and supervised practicum experience for the Standard Professional School Counselor Certificate
  • Passing a comprehensive exam

Texas Certification as a Professional School Counselor

  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Successfully complete the school counselor program
  • Pass the school counselor certification examination, TExES #152 School Counselor (A candidate may become eligible for school counseling state exam test approval after successfully passing the comprehensive exam.)
  • Have two creditable years of classroom teaching experience

More information about Texas Certification can be located at the Texas Education Agency Website (www.tea.texas.gov)

Field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships required for Texas Certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU. A non-certification option that does not require field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships in Texas is available for students whose residency is outside the state of Texas.

Additional Information

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 be considered for a school counseling temporary position after successfully being accepted into the program and program approval.

School counseling students wishing to continue their education towards licensure as a professional counselor may do so by either first completing their M.Ed. degree and returning for the remaining courses or taking the course requirements in conjunction with their school counseling courses.

Requirements for licensure or certification vary from state to state. Our program prepares students for licensure or certification in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure or certification in other states. 

Transfer Credits

The School Counseling Program allows candidates to transfer in up to 12 SCH from a previously completed master’s program depending on the discipline and the grade for each course. Please contact Dr. Malvika Behl at mbehl@wtamu.edu to discuss any questions about transfer credits. 

English Language Proficiency

An applicant for certification in Texas must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching. English language proficiency shall be evidenced by ONE of the following:

  1. completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States; OR
  2. verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing; (TOEFL scores must not be older than 2 years from date of application) OR
  3. if an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in TAC 230.11

Criminal Background Check

  • A criminal background check including fingerprinting will be performed by the Texas Education Agency before a candidate will be allowed to certify or gain employment on a non-teacher certificate. TAC 227.1(b)(1)(2).
  • Items on a candidate’s criminal history report may render the candidate ineligible for 
  • Candidates may request a preliminary TEA background check for an evaluation of the criminal history.
  • Please note that applicants may request a preliminary TEA background check for an opinion of charge prior to starting a program https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/preliminary-criminal-history-evaluation-faqs

Additional information about the school counseling profession is available from the following websites:

Features of the West Texas A& M University’s Counselor Education Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo, at the WTAMU Amarillo Center and having access to state-of-the-art teaching and supervision facilities. Faculty offices are located on the 3rd floor.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Malvika Behl- mbehl@wtamu.edu.

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

Contacts

Dr. Malvika Behl
Assistant Professor of School Counseling
West Texas A&M University - Amarillo Center
600 S. Tyler St., Suite 702
Amarillo, Texas 79106
806-651-8234