Our Clinical School Counseling Degree Meets Rigorous Standards
The MEd program is designed to comply with existing Texas Education Agency standards for professional certification.
Students take the TEA Certification Exam for School Counseling during their Internship course as well as a comprehensive examination. Internships are completed in an elementary or secondary school and are supervised by a Texas Certified School Counselor.
These program areas meet the educational requirement for Certification as a School Counselor in Texas; however, candidates must also have two years of teaching experience as teacher of record (not as a substitute teacher) and pass the TExES-Counselor examination to be eligible for School Counseling Certification in Texas. Individuals seeking certification in other states are urged to contact the appropriate state(s) because their requirements may differ.
The MS program in Clinical School Counseling is designed to comply with existing Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council standards.
Students complete an internship in a community counseling setting and are supervised by a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor. Students take the National Counselor Exam during their Internship course.
To obtain a License in Professional Counseling, the State of Texas stipulates applicants pass the National Counselor Exam and then complete 3,000 clock hours of supervised clinical experience after the Master’s degree has been completed. Individuals seeking certification in other states are urged to contact the appropriate state(s) because their requirements may differ.
Program Delivery Format
The UNT Dallas Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical School Counseling programs are delivered in a hybrid format in which some courses are face-to-face, some courses are part online and part face-to-face, and some courses are 100% online. All face-to-face courses and classes are conducted at the UNT Dallas campus with a few classes at service learning or internship sites. Students cannot complete the entire program remotely/online.
Dr. Erica Pouncie, LPC-S, LCDC, NCC, CBT