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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.Ed. in School Counseling

Counselling  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling program prepares multiculturally competent, professional school counselors. This degree program is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Program graduates will demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, identity and scholarship for a successful school counseling career. Developmental and relational processes, creativity, ethics, and diversity are emphasized and taught through relationships developed with students, area school districts, communities and other university programs. Graduates will apply the competencies acquired in the program to the diverse, multicultural populations they serve. 

Program Options

The 48-semester credit hour program offers advanced study and professional development in the field of school counseling.  Once admitted to the program, students must also complete a seperate state application to the School Counselor Certification Program.  

To receive state certification as a professional school counselor, students must: 

  • Complete the masters degree program, 
  • Pass the required School Counselor Certification Exam, AND 
  • Complete two years of teaching experience before certification is conferred

The Counseling Department and the UTSA Sarabia Family Counseling Center are conveniently located at the UTSA Downtown Campus, offering graduate students easy access to their coursework, resources and faculty.

Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities are available upon graduation and state certification in education, non-profit, private, state and federal sectors. These opportunities may include elementary, middle and high school counselor positions; at-risk specialty counseling positions; college admissions, compensatory, special education and other school district identified areas of need; and guidance and counseling coordinator or director positions (with advanced supervision/ administration training).

Job Outlook/Earnings

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • Applicants must hold a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) during the last 60 hours of their undergraduate studies to be eligible for admission to the counseling program. If the applicant's GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework 
  • Applicants without adequate coursework preparation in education, psychology, sociology or a related field may be required to take COU 3103 Helping Skills and, at the discretion of the admissions committee, complete up to 15 additional hours of leveling courses as a condition of admission
  • Applicants should complete three Applicant Rating Forms and provide a two-page narrative statement of interest
  • International students must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 100 (internet based) 
  • Interested applicants should contact the student development specialist for the Department of Counseling for application assistance
  • Current requirements, forms, and directions are available on the Graduate School website

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

To apply for financial aid, complete the:

Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA)


UTSA Scholarships (Grad & Undergrad)

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External Scholarships (Grad & Undergrad)


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For additional help in finding and applying for scholarships, please contact:

Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Services
Main Building 3.212
210-458-4021 voice
210-458-4487 fax

UTSA Graduate School

Send all USPS mail (transcripts, etc.) to:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

College of Education and Human Development

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249