Counseling, MEd (48-hour degree with the concentration in either Elementary School Counseling or Secondary School Counseling) 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 In addition to completing the coursework, 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.

School Counseling Program  Advisor – Academic Dean, Dr. Constance Lacy or appointed faculty
(P) 972.338.1381

Counseling M.Ed. Admission Procedures

  1. Submit the following to the UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions:
    1. Graduate School Application for Admission - apply online at
    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 the dates listed below if you which to be invited to the interview stage.
    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, and teacher service record/verification of teacher certification.  Contact the UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions for more information.
  3. Each applicant is required to participate in an orientation and interview.  2018 - 2019 INTERVIEW DATES:
    • Fall 2018 interview dates - (Must have a complete file, including test scores.)
      • 1st:  April 27th (Deadline:  April 16th)
      • 2nd:  June 21st  (Deadline:  May 31st)
    • Spring 2019 interview dates - (Must have a complete file, including test scores.)
      • 1st:  October 25th (Deadline: October 15th)
      • 2nd:  November 29th (Deadline:  November 12th)
    • Summer 2018  - (Must have a complete file, including test scores.)
      • TBD

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 5710D during the first term/semester of enrollment in graduate school and must receive a grade of B or higher. Concurrent enrollment in COUN 5680D and COUN 5710D 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 5680D. 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 an internship, COUN 5720D/COUN 5721D, and passing a comprehensive examination.


Taken In Any Order Within #

Program Course Number - Course Title

1st semester


COUN 5710D - Counseling Theories

1st semester


COUN 5680D - Basic Counseling Skills.



EPSY 5050D - Educational Research and Evaluation (prereq. To 5765D )



COUN 5670D - Developmental Processes and Strategies



COUN  5461 Professional School Counseling



 COUN 5765 Appraisal in Counseling




COUN 5100 Counseling Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice



COUN 5790D - Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients



COUN 5200D - Counseling Adolescents or COUN 5700D - Introduction to Play Therapy

Sem. Before 5690


COUN 5660D - Advanced Counseling Skills (prereq. to COUN 5740D)



COUN 5470D - Career Development and Information Resources



COUN 5740D - Group Counseling Theories and Procedures

Sem. Before 5720


COUN 5690D - Practicum in Counseling

Sem. Before 5721


COUN 5720D - Internship in Counseling I

Last sem. of prog


COUN 5721D - Internship in Counseling II



COUN 5580D - Family Counseling or COUN 5640D - Group Play Therapy or COUN 5610D - Drug and Addiction Education for Counselors



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