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School Counseling (SC) Concentration

The School Counseling Track prepares graduate counseling students to work with students (EC to grade 12) in schools, as well as consult with teachers and parents.  This degree track is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Clinical Settings for SCs

School counselors typically work in public, private, or charter schools with populations in Early Childhood through grade 12.  School counselors with their LPC can also work in community settings and private practice.

School Counseling - Texas School Counseling Certification and preparation for LPC (60 credit hours) Degree Plan

Foundational Courses

  • COUN 5328 - Professional Orientation in School Counseling: Leadership, Advocacy, and Accountability
  • COUN 5305 - Assessment in Counseling
  • COUN 5307 - Theories of Counseling & Personality
  • COUN 5316 - Counseling Diverse Populations
  • COUN 5350 - Advanced Counselor Ethics
  • COUN 5355 - Career Counseling
  • COUN 5359 - Psychopathology
  • COUN 5367 - Marital and Family Counseling: Current Theories
  • COUN 5368 - Developmental Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 5391 - Research Methods

Intermediate Courses

  • COUN 5354 - Basic Techniques in Counseling (prerequisites: COUN 5307, 5350)
  • COUN 5358 - Dynamics & Processes in Group (prerequisites or corequisite: COUN 5354)
  • COUN 5369 - Child & Adolescent Counseling (prerequisites: COUN 5354 and 5368)
  • COUN 5344 - Substance Abuse and Counseling

Clinical Courses

  • COUN 5338 - Advanced Issues School Counseling: Counseling, Consultation, and Coordination of Services (prerequisites: COUN 5328, 5316, 5368)
  • COUN 5370 - Intermediate Methods in Counseling Adolescents (COUN 5328, 5354, 5359,  and 5369)
  • COUN 5373 - Intermediate Methods in Play Therapy (COUN 5328, 5354, 5359,  and 5369)
  • COUN 5689 - Clinical Practicum (6-credit hour course; prerequisites: COUN 5328, 5358, 5370 OR 5373)
  • COUN 5389 - Site-Based Internship (prerequisite: COUN 5689)
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The School Counseling Degree Plan allows students to meet academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.


Licensed Professional Counselor

The LPC is a clinical license that demonstrates that a practitioner has sufficient knowledge, clinical practice, and supervision to work with individuals dealing with mental health issues in private practice and clinical settings. The LPC is regulated by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (also referred to as the "LPC Board"). During the Professional Counseling program, student must:

Complete all courses on the School Counseling 60 credit hour track,

Complete all clinical courses, and

Apply for and take the National Counselor Exam. (You can take the NCE before or after graduation.) Review our NCE page for more information about this exam.

After graduation, students have additional requirements in order to become an LPC. These include:

Find an LPC-Supervisor to meet with on a weekly basis to supervise post-graduate clinical hours for licensure.

Identify a site to complete clinical hours. This site must be approved in advance by the LPC Board as part of your licensure application.

Apply for licensure with the LPC Board.

If you haven't already, apply for and take the National Counselor Exam. If you take the NCE after graduation, you will have to apply through the LPC Board, and NBCC, not Texas State University.

Complete 3,000 post-graduate clinical hours under the supervision of an LPC-Supervisor at board-approved sites. The clinical hours include:

1,500 direct counseling hours

1,500 indirect hours (e.g., supervision, case notes, training)

Turn in all required documents to the LPC Board.


School Counseling Faculty

The School Counseling faculty want to support you in the SC degree track! Please contact your advisor to set up a time to discuss your degree plan. If you don't know who your advisor is, contact our wonderful admin, Courtney Graham.

Dr. Jennifer Greene. Ph.D., SC Track Coordinator

Dr. Sarah Blalock, LPC-S, RPT-S, CSC