M.Ed. in School Counseling*

The Master of Education in School Counseling* is a 48 hour program that seeks to provide students with a strong foundation for school counselor positions in Texas public schools.  Upon completion of the required program, students will be eligible to sit for the TExES exam in school counseling.

Course Overview

The following required courses, successfully completed, lead to a Master of Education in School Counseling*.

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EDSC 5300 Foundations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This course in an introduction to the field of counseling. It includes an examination of the basic skills of counseling and therapy, the origins and applications of various therapeutic approaches, the professional roles and ethical issues that affect the practice of counseling and psychology. This course provides opportunities to explore various issues in counseling such as; career counseling and development, multiculturalism, school counseling, grief, suicide, child abuse, substance abuse, and other contemporary issues.
EDSC 5301 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major counseling theories and practices. Several of the major theories of counseling will be examined with an emphasis on four areas: key concepts of the theory, its beliefs about the therapeutic process, the role of the counselor, and how to apply the theory to helping a client change. Each theory will be analyzed for its uniqueness and similarity with the other approaches and applied to case examples.
EDSC 5303 Counseling Children and Adolescents
This course is a didactic and experiential course that prepares graduate students to work with the specific needs of children and adolescents. This course will focus on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues of children and adolescents. Group and individual counseling techniques will be practiced and treatment options will be covered. Experiential Component: Sand, miniatures, sweater box, musical instruments, Crayola, paints, paper, glue, dress-up costumes, magazines, and other materials that interest the student concerning expressive arts therapy modalities.
EDSC 5305 Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
A study of group dynamics, process, theoretical applications, techniques and leadership skills in an experiential setting. This course traces the major theoretical orientations in group psychotherapy/counseling. Students will learn to apply group approaches to the treatment of mental health problems.
EDSC 5309 Introduction to Assessment
This course provides an overview of various approaches to assessment and procedures for evaluation. Special emphasis is given to counseling decision-making, and treatment planning. Theoretical and applied material will be integrated in order to provide the student with an understanding of the context of assessment and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on equipping students to understand technical terms in professional journals, test manuals, and test reports.
EDSC 5312 Lifespan Development
This course provides an advanced overview of current research and theory on life-span human development, and will enhance students’ understanding of significant developmental changes that occur over the life span. Emphasis will be placed on standard physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development as well as on issues such as diversity and socialization in relation to perceptions of human development. Professional, clinical, legal, and ethical issues will also be addressed.
EDSC 5327 Sociocultural Factors for Counseling Professionals
This course provides students with an understanding of the social and cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in multicultural and diverse societies. Students will study principles related to socialization and the influence of group dynamics upon individual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In addition, students will learn how multicultural and pluralistic trends and treatment strategies are related to such factors as culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, disability, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status, and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, and communities.
EDSC 5330 Professional Issues and Ethics for Practice
This course provides a survey of professional identity, ethical standards, and legal codes for mental health counselors and therapists. Topics will include: the history and philosophy of the counseling profession; knowledge of professional roles including consultation and group work; and moral principles and virtues in counseling practice, training, supervision, and consultation.
EDSC 5335 Techniques in Psychotherapy
This course emphasizes the stages of the helping relationship. Students practice basic attending and communication skills, including questioning, reflection of feelings and meaning, summarization, focusing, and self-disclosure. Therapy skills are introduced through didactic, demonstration, and experiential learning situations. Students will be rated on oral communication and clinical skills in application of various techniques.
EDSC 6303 Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This course focuses on the theoretical, historical, philosophical and technical bases of cognitive behavior therapy. Specific treatments for various psychological disorders will be reviewed, and clinical skills will be developed through the discussion of case presentations and practice.
EDSC 6305 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan
Students will be introduced to career development and the importance of various facets of career counseling. Emphasis is given to developmental considerations and the role of testing, educational and career development program planning and implementation. Technology-based career development applications and strategies will be explored. The interrelationships among and between work, family and other life role factors will be considered with a special emphasis on ethical issues as well as issues of personal faith and values.
EDSC 6306 School Counseling
This course is an in-depth study of a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program. It will introduce students to the field of professional school counseling and address the theoretical foundations, knowledge, and skills to prepare the student to implement a counseling program in an educational (K-12) setting. Emphasis is placed on the components of a comprehensive school guidance program and basic roles of the counselor as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
EDSC 6307 Practicum for School Counseling
This course involves supervised professional activities in guidance and counseling. Major emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices in an educational setting. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. Major importance is placed on the integration of theoretical and conceptual principles, as well as professional and personal skill development. This course involves on-site experiences occurring in a school setting with supervision by on-site and university supervisors.
EDSC 6322 Counseling Related to Issues of Trauma and Crisis
This course will look at the dynamics and treatment of developmental and situational crises, trauma, and grief. Students will learn crisis intervention theories and be able to apply multiple models of intervention to various problems, such as suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, school violence, abuse, divorce, grief and loss, and disaster relief. Primary skills of psychological first aid will additionally be taught.
EDSC 6326 Addictions Counseling
This course will provide an in-depth study of the theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors including strategies for assessment and diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and treatment across the lifespan across a variety of settings. Coverage will include but not be limited to gambling, sexual, eating, alcohol, and drug-related addictions.
EDUC 5312 Research Methods
This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry research. Students will gain an overview of research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis informed by commonly used statistical and qualitative methods.

*Pending approval from the State Board for Educator Certification in Texas