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2018-2019 Catalog: Undergraduate, Graduate, and College of Law 
2018-2019 Catalog: Undergraduate, Graduate, and College of Law [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling, MEd

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(48 hour degree with concentration in either Elementary School Counseling or Secondary School Counseling)

School Counseling Program Advisor - Dr. Yu-fen Lin
(P) 972.338.1378
Email: Yu-fen.Lin@untdallas.edu

The Counseling Program offers a Master of Education in Counseling with a concentration in either Elementary School Counseling or Secondary School Counseling. The Master’s degree requires an internship in lieu of a thesis. The internship should be the last enrollment in the Master’s program. The University of North Texas at Dallas is an approved school counseling certification program of the Texas Education Agency.  For details on requirements to become a Certified School Counselor in Texas, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/Guidance_Counseling_FAO.html#q4. In addition to completing the course work, candidates must also have 2 years creditable teaching experience prior to internship and pass the TExES - Counselor examination to be eligible for School Counselor Certification in Texas.

Admission Procedures

  1. Submit the following to the UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions:
    1. Graduate School Application for Admission (apply online at www.applytexas.org)
    2. Official copies of all college transcripts
    3. Official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service (allow three to four weeks for the test to be received by the Graduate School)
  2. Submit additional admission materials to the Department of Counseling and Human Services. All admission to the Counseling Program is provisional, procedures for provisional admission are as follows:
    1. All required admission materials must be filed in the program office by May 15 preceding the Fall term/semester, or October 15 preceding the Spring term/semester.
    2. Submission of a completed Application for Admission to Master’s Program in Counseling form, three completed Reference Evaluation Forms, a one-page, type-written Writing Sample.  See UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions website for specifics.
    3. Each applicant is required to participate in an orientation and interview.

Admission Standards


  • Applicants must submit the official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections to the graduate school for admission to the program.  Conditional admission may be granted pending submission of GRE scores prior to registration for the second term of enrollment.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work prior to receiving the bachelor’s degree, or a 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work, to be considered for unconditional admission to graduate studies at UNT Dallas.  Applicants who have already completed a master’s degree must have at least a 3.4 GPA on the master’s or meet the undergraduate GPA standards.
  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants for the school counseling track must have at least two (2) years creditable teaching experience in K-12 public or private schools in order to be certified as a school counselor by the state of Texas. Students must submit their teacher service record indicating two years of creditable teaching experience prior to internship.
  • All students granted provisional admission to the master’s program are required to enroll in COUN 5710  during the first term/semester of enrollment in graduate school and must receive a grade of B or higher. Concurrent enrollment in COUN 5680  and COUN 5710 is encouraged. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in these two courses to be considered for full admission to the program.
  • Admission to the counseling program is provisional until the student’s progress is evaluated by the counseling faculty upon completion of COUN 5680. The student’s progress is evaluated on the basis of the demonstration of adequate subject matter knowledge and the personal and interpersonal skills required for counseling.
  • After the progress review, the counseling faculty either recommends that the student continue the program or reserves the right to withdraw the student from the program.
  • Following this initial evaluation, the student will be routinely evaluated on the criteria of knowledge, personal and interpersonal skills and counseling skills to determine if progress is adequate, if remedial work is needed or if the student should be withdrawn from the program. 
  • This degree requires a passing score on the comprehensive examination administered during the student’s internship.

Required Courses for M.Ed. in Counseling

(48 hour degree with concentration in School Counseling)

*The MEd degree requires a minimum of 48 semester hours, including successful completion of internship, COUN 5720  /COUN 5721  , and passing a comprehensive examination.

Required Taken In Any Order Within # Program Course Number - Course Title
1st semester   COUN 5710 Counseling Theories    
1st semester   COUN 5680 Basic Counseling Skills.   
  #2 EPSY 5050 Foundations of Educational Research Methodology   (prereq. to COUN 5765   )
  #2 COUN 5670 Developmental Processes and Strategies   
  #2 COUN 5461 Professional School Counseling   
  #3 COUN 5765 Appraisal in Counseling   
  #3 COUN 5100 Counseling Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice   
  #4 COUN 5790 Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients   
    COUN 5200 Counseling Adolescents   or COUN 5700 Introduction to Play Therapy   
Sem. Before 5690   COUN 5660 Advanced Counseling Skills   (prereq. to COUN 5740    )
    COUN 5470 Career Development and Information Resources   
    COUN 5740 Group Counseling Theories and Procedures   
Sem. Before 5720   COUN 5690 Practicum in Counseling   
Sem. Before 5721   COUN 5720 Internship in Counseling I   
Last sem. of prog   COUN 5721 Internship in Counseling II   
    COUN 5580 Family Counseling   orCOUN 5640 Group Play Therapy   or COUN 5610 Addiction Counseling   


Track Specific Classes

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