Certification in School Counseling

Program Description | Admission | Certificate Requirements | Courses

Program Description

The School Counseling Certification is designed for individuals who have already earned a master’s degree in education or a related field and are seeking certification only as a school counselor. This certification program provides the necessary coursework to prepare individuals for careers in elementary and secondary school counseling.

Applicants who do not hold a master's degree can seek the School Counseling Certification in coordination with the Master of Education in Counseling.

Students must have a master's degree, a valid teaching certificate, and two years of teaching experience before being allowed to sit for the state certification exam.


Candidates seeking admission to the graduate programs in Educational Leadership and Counseling must meet the basic requirements of Graduate Admissions specified in the Admissions section of this catalog. Please contact the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling for additional requirements: Box 2119, Huntsville, Texas 77341 or by phone (936) 294-1147 or edu_elc@shsu.edu.

Please submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Application Requirements include:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree and master's degree granting institutions
  4. Three Reference Evaluation Forms: one from a current or former employer/supervisor; one from a former professor, a certified school counselor, or a licensed counselor, marriage and family therapist, MSW, or psychologist; one from someone other than a family member.
  5. Essay
  6. Face-to-Face Interview
  7. An official service record for each year of classroom service

Course Prerequisites are strictly observed.

Certificate Requirements


School Counseling Certification

Certification in School Counseling
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (27 credit hours)
COUN 5111 Workshop: Orientation to the Counseling Program 3
COUN 5364 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 6363 Assessment in Guidance and Counseling 3
COUN 5385 Pre-Practicum Techniques in Counseling 3
COUN 5333 School Counseling: Consultation, Coordination & Counseling 3
COUN 5392 Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 5370 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan 3
COUN 6335 School Counseling: Leadership, Advocacy & Accountability 3
COUN 6376 Supervised Practice in Counseling 3
Total Credit Hours 27


Counseling (COUN)

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