Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2 years
Credit Hours:

The College of Education will support you as you become a professional counselor who reinforces the personal, social, academic and career development of students.
UNT school counseling certification program helps graduates meet the educational requirement for Texas school counselors. Our acclaimed faculty will help you master the skills you need to support children at the elementary or secondary level.

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Why Earn a School Counseling Certificate?

Individuals who already hold a master's degree in counseling from a CACREP-accredited program may pursue the elementary or secondary public School Counseling Certification Endorsement track. By the time the student completes the required coursework, (s)he must also have two years of teaching experience in an accredited school and pass the TExES: Counselor test to become certified as a public school counselor in Texas. Individuals seeking certification in other states are urged to contact the relevant state(s) because their requirements may differ.

School Counseling Certificate Highlights

Through service, the Program provides humanitarian assistance to academic, professional, and public communities, including volunteer counseling services to the public.
Through research, the Program creates, applies, and disseminates innovative knowledge, especially in the area of counseling for holistic wellness with at-risk and diverse populations.
The College of Education is regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in preparing teachers, administrators, counselors, kinesiology and health promotion specialists, play therapists and other educators.
College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
College of Education ranked 9th in Texas and 66th in the South by
Through education, the Program prepares highly competent counseling professionals – including counseling associates, entry and advanced level counselors, counselor educators, counselor supervisors, counseling researchers, and counseling administrators – for work in schools, communities, colleges, business, and industry.

What Can You do With a School Counseling Certificate?

The UNT counseling program meet the educational requirement for Texas school counselor certification and allows you to work as an elementary or secondary school counselor.

School Counseling Certificate Courses You Could Take

Career Development and Information Resources (3 hrs)
Survey of career development and counseling with emphasis on the occupational, career and educational information service.
Advanced Counseling Skills (3hrs)
Competency-based course with experiential emphasis.
Developmental Processes and Strategies (3 hrs)
Principles and practices of human development as they relate to counseling processes and strategies. Opportunity for practical application of strategies is provided.
Essential Skills in Counseling (3 hrs)
Study of selected basic techniques of counseling.
Introduction to Play Therapy (3 hrs)
Enhancing the counseling relationship with children by utilizing play media to facilitate expression, self-understanding, and personal growth and development. Observation of and supervised experience in play therapy with children are an integral part of the course.
Program Development, Leadership and Ethics in School Counseling (3 hrs)
Introduction to the school counseling profession. Covers ethical standards, leadership and advocacy strategies, and development and management of the comprehensive developmental guidance program.

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