Master of Education in School Counseling

The Lamar University 48-hour Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in School Counseling is designed to prepare educators to provide professional school counseling services. This master’s degree program is specifically for certified teachers who possess at least a bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming part of a school’s professional support services team. This non-thesis program is designed to prepare educators to meet the requirements of School Counselor credentialing articulated by national and state standards and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification standards.

All students in the School Counseling Program are required to attend one residency during the course of their 48-hour degree and will not be able to move into field experience without the completed residency. The residency course is essential for program faculty to evaluate students’ skills in individual counseling and group counseling. You are required to attend the entire residency and to complete all online components to receive credit. Residency is typically offered each term. Field experience courses (Practicum and Internship) require a placement with a site local to the student in order to gain further school counseling experience prior to graduation. Get more information on field experience

Before Applying

Evaluate and understand your state requirements related to out-of-state educational programs, licensure requirements and/or certification requirements. There may be additional coursework, practice, and/or testing requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible for certification and/or licensure.

*Lamar Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit. 

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You won't have to wait long! 

June 5, 2017
Apply by May 8, 2017
July 17, 2017
Apply by June 19, 2017
Program Length: 48 Hours

Tuition and Fees*


eTuition: $705 per 3-hour course
Required Fee: $120 per 3-hour course

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

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Course Listings

Courses are designed to meet the educational requirements set forth by the state of Texas. Upon completion of this program the student is able to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for fulfilling the school counselor role, build a school community that supports the success of all students, and facilitate the well-being and development of children and youth in the educational setting.

Degree Plan 48-hour School Counseling Program

The Master of Education-School Counseling degree is a 48credit hour program consisting of the following:

  • CNDV 5301 - Human Growth & Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5303 – Foundations of School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5310 - Counseling Skills (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5311 - Individual Counseling Theory/Techniques (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5312 - Group Counseling Theories/Techniques (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5320 - Multicultural Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5322 - Professionalism Ethics & Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5323 - Career Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5330 – Developmental Guidance and Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5334 - Measurement & Assessment (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5352 - Crisis Prevention Intervention (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5353 - Research & Program Evaluation (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5380 - Seminar Counseling & Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5390A – School Counseling Practicum (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5394C - Internship in Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
  • CNDV 5394D - Internship in Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

Sample Course Plan

Students who are enrolled as of August 2015 in the School Counseling program will automatically be placed into the 48-hour program. Following is a sample course plan for the 48-hour School Counseling program developed for the purpose of helping students estimate the time required to complete the program. This example is a representation of what a student’s course plan could look like if they begin the program at the start of the fall semester. Individual student course plans will vary depending on the semester they begin the program and rotation of course offerings. Please see the School Counseling practicum and internship page for policies and procedures. Students may contact Online Student Services at to review their course registration and degree plan. The time frame for a student to complete the degree may vary based upon successful completion of coursework, the semester the student entered into the program, and course rotations. We make no guarantee regarding the specific timeframe in which a student’s academic plan of study will be completed. The department reserves the right to change the rotation in which designated courses are offered.

48- Hour School Counseling Sample Course Plan

  • Fall: CNDV 5303, 5311, 5310 are the first three courses a student will take (9 credits)
  • Spring: 3 courses from CNDV 5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5330, 5334, 5352, 5353, 5380 (9 credits)
  • Summer: 2 courses from CNDV 5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5330, 5334, 5352, 5353, 5380 (6 credits)
  • Fall: 3 courses from CNDV 5301, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5330, 5334, 5352, 5353, 5380 (9 credits)
  • Spring: 2 courses from CNDV 5301, 5311, 5312, 5320, 5322, 5323, 5330, 5334, 5352, 5353 in addition to practicum (9 credits) 
    • CNDV 5310 and 5380 (residency 1) must be completed prior to taking practicum.
    • Practicum CNDV 5390A may be enrolled concurrently with up to 3 rotation courses.
  • Fall: Internship 5394C (3 credits)
  • Spring: Internship 5394D (3 credits)

*Courses are not taken concurrently with Internship 5394C or 5394D.

*Practicum CNDV 5390A, Internship CNDV 5394C, and Internship 5394D are 15-week courses that require mandatory synchronous group supervision (real-time class meetings). See the practicum and internship page for additional details.

*Students must apply for each practicum and internship the semester prior to being registered for the course. See the practicum and internship page for more details. Invitations to apply will be sent to students’ Lamar e-mail account.

*Practicum and Internships are not taken concurrently. Internship CNDV 5394C and Internship 5394D are typically taken during two separate semesters.

*Internship CNDV 5394C/D are offered during the fall and spring semesters.


  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Program Advisor

Robin Latimer, Ed.D.
Director, Student Services - Academic Partnerships
Advisement Team for Graduate Education Programs 

(409) 880-7409

Additional Program Information