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The School Counseling Program within the Department of Counseling received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) for a full 8 year cycle in 2008. This was a wonderful milestone for our program and The University of Texas at San Antonio – an accomplishment that involved the vision, commitment, and hard work of so many people. We celebrate our fourth anniversary of CACREP accreditation with full appreciation for the role that students, former students, site supervisors, faculty, and administrators have played in helping us reach this formidable goal.

We look forward to the 2012-2013 academic year, and encourage you to peruse our web site for pertinent programmatic information. In an attempt to facilitate communication with students and prospective students, this website contains important information about the M. A. in Counseling school counseling specialization and the School Counseling Certification Program (SCCP) addressing State Board of Educator Certification requirements.

Also included within this web site is the Master of Arts in Counseling Program Handbook. This handbook is rich in information and context for students in the Department of Counseling’s practicum and Internship experiences. Please reference this handbook for the most current information on our program’s policies and expectations.

We regularly update our web site to include information on policies, standards, important dates to remember, and other essential program agendas. Please consult this web site regularly to access the latest news and information on our program’s development and direction.


With best wishes for a productive academic year,

The Faculty and Staff at the Department of Counseling 

M. A. in Counseling School Counseling Specialization

Program Overview

Mission, Goals, and Objectives for School Counseling


Master of Arts in Counseling Program Handbook

Helpful Sites 

·  Texas Education Agency

·  State of Texas Board for Educator Certification

·  American Counseling Association

·  American School Counseling Association

·  Texas Counseling Association

School Counselor Certification Program Information

Welcome to the Department of Counseling School Counseling Certification Program website!

UTSA’s Department of Counseling offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with specialization in school counseling. Students interested in certification as a professional school counselor may complete some State Board of Educator Certification requirements while in UTSA’s 48-hour counselor preparation program by seeking admission into UTSA’s School Counseling Certification Program (SCCP).

The SCCP Information and Admission Requirements application form posted on this website provides detailed admission requirements information that includes:

  • Admission into the UTSA Master of Arts in Counseling degree program.
  • Criminal Background Check Affidavit completed prior to SCCP application.
  • A grade of B or above in Introduction to School Counseling (COU 5103) documented through the most current transcript copy at the time of application.
  • A satisfactory Fitness to Practice assessment completed by faculty in the Introduction to School Counseling class (COU 5103).
  • A 200 to 500 word document (typed) describing prior work experiences with children or adolescents.
  • A completed Department of Counseling advising sheet with student and advisor signatures. See your Department of Counseling advisor to complete this form or for program information.
  • If required, a Memorandum of Understanding outlining additional school counselor certification criteria for baccalaureate degrees earned outside the United States.
  • Ø  Contact the Teacher Certification Office at 210-458-6287 or at for more information on master’s programs with initial teacher certification.
  • Ø  Visit for more information on the Texas Examinations for Educator Standards (TExES).