Master of Education in Counseling
Texas Christian University’s mission is “to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community,” and the mission of the TCU College of Education is to prepare exemplary leaders for diverse educational settings and related fields who are reflective, ethical, innovative, and committed to all learners. Similarly, the Counseling Program aims to prepare counselors to work in diverse settings and be reflective, ethical, and competent practitioners in their chosen work roles.
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 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.” View Program Brochure
“I came into this program anticipating to just come out of it as a counselor, but I didn’t. Instead, I came out as a whole new person with a strong desire for life-long learning in addition to becoming a competent professional.”
-Ashli, M.Ed. ’16
Those seeking the M.Ed. in Counseling have three options:
- Specialization I: School Counseling (48 hours)
- Specialization II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 hours)
- Specialization III: Counseling (36 hours)
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 Specialization II Clinical Mental Health Counseling track follows educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Texas. The program is pursuing CACREP accreditation for Specialization II.
For detailed descriptions of each area of focus within the M.Ed. in Counseling program, refer to the TCU Online Catalog. All classes are in-person and take place on the TCU campus; the majority of classes are held one evening per week during the fall and spring semesters. Some classes are offered in the summer, and usually take place every day (Monday-Thursday) for 3-4 weeks. Enrolled and prospective students may request syllabi to review by contacting Lori Kimball.
*As of September 1, 2019, the Texas Education Agency requires school counselors to have a master’s degree in counseling that encompasses 48 hours of coursework. We no longer offer certification only.
- Complete the online application ($60 fee)
- Demonstrate strong academic record
- Three letters of recommendation
- Brief essay explaining your career goals and interest in the program
- Two official transcripts from each college or university previously attended (e-transcripts may be sent to COEgraduate@tcu.edu)
- OPTIONAL GRE for 2021-2022 admissions. Typically GRE required for applicants who do not have 3.0 GPA or higher
- Official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers
- On-line Criminal Background Check
- Professional interview
March 1 – summer/fall admission
November 16 – spring admission
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 $35 fee when admitted to the program. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.
Criminal History Evaluation
Regardless of licensure, all students are required to obtain liability insurance and complete a Practicum in counseling. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (aka the LPC Board), and many insurance companies require disclosure of any criminal offenses. If there is any question, students should obtain a criminal history evaluation.
Clinical mental health counseling students may obtain a criminal history evaluation letter following the procedure at: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/plc_cheval.shtm.
The purpose of the criminal history evaluation is to establish procedures to evaluate, upon request, the criminal history of potential applicants to determine if they are ineligible to hold a license for health professions that include Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors. These evaluations will occur before the potential applicants enter or complete a preparatory educational program or licensure examination leading to licensure, thereby allowing applicants to avoid unnecessary hardship or costs if their criminal history is a ground for license ineligibility.
School counseling students may find similar information at: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/preliminary-criminal-history-evaluation-faqs.
For more information about applying to the M.Ed. in Counseling program, please visit the Graduate Admissions page or call 817-257-7661. For more information about financial assistance and scholarships, please visit the financial aid page.