Masters in Counseling at TCU

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
Ashli East TCU Counseling

“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

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 Specialization III 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 III.

For detailed descriptions of each area of focus within the M.Ed. in Counseling program, refer to the TCU Online Catalog. There are currently no online or hybrid classes offered in the counseling program. Enrolled and prospective students may request syllabi to review by contacting Lori Kimball.

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*Beginning September 1, 2019, the Texas Education Agency will require school counselors to have a master’s degree in counseling that encompasses 48 hours of coursework. We no longer offer certification only.

Admission Checklist

  • 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
  • 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

Application Deadlines

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 for the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

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.

Program Advisors: Dr. Marcella StarkDr. Becky Taylor