Master of Education in Counseling

Philosophy

This major prepares counselors to take leadership positions in counseling, planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating counseling programs in schools and communities. The program is grounded in solution-focused practice emphasizing strengths and resiliencies rather than exploring pathology. This approach reflects our belief in the resources clients bring to counseling, and that counseling is time-limited.

Students enter a program of learning that emphasizes forming collaborative and nurturing relationships with other students and faculty. These relationships remain energized when students leave TCU to work in schools and the communities. After graduation, new counselors continue to work closely with their professors, peers, and other professionals. Students graduate with a network of people, skills, and resources. One student stated that he was prepared “to not only find a job but to be qualified above and beyond in that position.”

Program Options

Those seeking the M.Ed. in Counseling have three options:

All specializations are designed to provide students with the necessary counseling skills and external resources to provide individual, preventive, responsive and support services to counseling programs.

Specialization I offers a M.Ed. in Counseling and the option to pursue certification in school counseling. All counseling classes can be applied to Texas professional licensure. The M.Ed. in School Counseling meets the requirements of the State Board of Educator Certification and follows the guidelines for certification in school counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track follows educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Texas.

For detailed descriptions of each area of focus within the M.Ed. in Counseling program, refer to the TCU Online Catalog.

Admissions

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a $55 fee when admitted to the program for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years. For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

If you have a 3.0 GPA or higher, a GRE score is not required when applying. For more information about applying to the M.Ed. in Counseling program, please visit the admissions page or call 817-257-7661.

Advisors:  Dr. Becky Taylor and Dr. Frank Thomas