Academic Catalog 2017-2018 
    Mar 21, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.A. School Counseling degree plan

School Counseling, M.A.

The M.A. in School Counseling requires 36 hours and a passing score on a comprehensive examination. Wayland is authorized to certify school counselors ONLY in Texas. In Texas, in order to qualify to take the school counselor certification examination, one must:

  • hold a Master’s degree in counseling
  • be certified to teach, AND
  • have taught full-time for a minimum of two years

Students who already hold a Master’s degree in education can take a 21-hour deficiency plan of coursework in counseling, after which they quality to sit for the certification exam.

Admission Requirements (In Addition to Those Listed for All Graduate Students)

Students must be admitted to Wayland’s school counselor education program during the admission process. A fee of $55 will be charged to all students admitted to the education program to cover fees charged by the Texas Education Agency.

Students must have either completed an undergraduate statistics or a quantitative research methods course, or passed the CLEP or DANTES statistics test, or taken the statistics tutorial before registering for CNSL 5302 - Research Methods and Data Analysis . CNSL 5302  is required of all students, except those with a previous Master’s degree that qualify for the 21-hour deficiency program. Note that the tutorial does not replace, but simply prepares students for CNSL 5302 .


Transfer Credit: Degree candidates for the M.A. in Counseling may satisfy a maximum of 12 graduate semester hours with approved courses transferred from another institution or degree.

Evaluations of students: Successful completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling program is based on the demonstration of effectiveness in academic, professional, and personal areas as they relate to the counseling profession. The faculty has both a professional responsibility and a moral obligation to evaluate all students throughout the training program for professional competence in academic course work; for weaknesses in required practical skills; for behaviors which are unethical, illegal, or unprofessional; and/or for dispositions deemed inappropriate for a professional counselor. The evaluative process provides students with information related to their progress to enable them to take advantage of strengths and to remediate weaknesses in their academic, professional, and personal development. The evaluative process provides faculty with information about student progress and suitability or unsuitability as counselors which will facilitate decisions in the best interests of students and the profession they are preparing to enter.

Practicum requirements: Prior to registering for a practicum, students MUST have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in the counseling program, have credit for ethics (CNSL 5307 ), have purchased their malpractice insurance, and have a signed site agreement with the school in which they will undertake the practicum.

The Texas State Board of Educator Certification requires a practicum in a school setting. The site supervisor for the practicum in school counseling should be a certified school counselor. The practicum also requires mandatory evaluation visits by the University’s school counselor supervisor.

Certification by the state: Upon completion of the M.A. in School Counseling, ALL students seeking school counselor certification must pass the state-required test. No university can certify a counselor.