Be prepared for a variety of counseling settings.

The Master’s program in School Counseling at UNT has been created for students who wish to become certified public-school counselors in Texas. This program also provides the foundation to become a licensed professional counselor in Texas, requiring one additional course, COUN 5940 required in addition to this degree and supervised experience. The curriculum focuses on areas that prepare graduates work with students individually in addressing their academic, career, personal & social development. be prepared to work in a variety of school settings like Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools as Education Counselor, Guidance Counselor, Supervisor, Academic planner, Strategy builder, Career planner and many more focused in improving overall student development & success.

The graduate Counseling program at the University of North Texas has frequently been ranked among the top counselor preparation programs in the nation and the best in Texas.

All program areas are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

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What it's Like

The Master of Science in School Counseling will prepare you to work in a variety of school settings, such as elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools, and roles including guidance counselor, academic planner, strategy builder, career planner with a focus on promoting student development & success. Students can either work towards a Master's of Science or a Master's of Education in school counseling at UNT. The M.Ed. in School Counseling requires a minimum of 60 semester hours, including successful completion of internship COUN 5720/COUN 5721, in lieu of a thesis, and a final exit interview.

The M.S. in School Counseling requires a minimum of 60 semester hours (63 for the licensed professional counselor track), completion of all M.S. requirements, and a passing score on the comprehensive examination (written, oral or both) administered during student enrollment in COUN 5720 or COUN 5721.

All degree programs must be planned in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students are required to file a degree plan during their first term/semester of graduate study.


The K-12 school counseling concentration meets the educational requirements for certification as a public-school counselor in Texas. In addition, for the School Counseling Certification, the State of Texas requires:

  • Two years of teaching experience in a public or an accredited private school and
  • Passing grade on the TExES Counselor Exam.

Students enrolled in the K-12 school counseling track who wish to become licensed professional counselors in Texas must complete one additional 3-hour course beyond the 60-hour degree: COUN 5490.

All students who wish to become licensed professional counselors in Texas are required to have specified supervised experiences. Counseling program area heads should be consulted for details.

Required Courses
  • COUN 5460 Program Development, Leadership and Ethics in School Counseling
  • COUN 5470 Career Development and Information Resources
  • COUN 5660 Advanced Counseling Skills
  • COUN 5670 Developmental Processes and Strategies
  • COUN 5680 Essential Skills in Counseling
  • COUN 5690 Practicum in Counseling
  • COUN 5710 Counseling Theories
  • COUN 5720 Internship in Counseling I
  • COUN 5721 Internship in Counseling II
  • COUN 5740 Group Counseling Theories and Procedures
  • COUN 5760 Appraisal in Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • COUN 5770 Professional School Counseling
  • COUN 5790 Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients
  • EPSY 5050 Foundations of Educational Research Methodology
  • COUN 5290 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COUN 5480Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling
  • COUN 5610Addiction Counseling
Electives, 9 Hours

Three courses (9 hours) selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.