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Master of Science in School Counseling Online

Diversify your educational career profile to expand into the increasingly important role of school counselor. Our robust online master’s program equips you with up-to-date knowledge and expertise that prepare you for school counselor certification.

Program Overview

Rise as an influential and supportive school counselor. The Master of Science in School Counseling online program helps you pivot your career from teaching students to helping them navigate educational, behavioral, social and home life challenges. You will learn the theories and techniques of counseling that prepare you to support students, and their families, as they progress through their academic journey.


Total Tuition

as few as 16-18 months

Program Duration


Credit Hours

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This master’s program is designed to prepare you as a highly effective, culturally competent professional counselor ready to serve in K-12 Texas schools. It offers you the academic rigor and qualifications you need to confidently sit for the TExES School Counselor exam. Plus, this master’s education helps you meet the Texas Education Agency’s degree criteria to pursue state certification.

Coursework includes a deep dive on a variety of counseling practices from social, cultural and family issues to crisis intervention and addiction. A thesis is not required for graduation. The flexible online format means you can earn and learn, logging into your graduate courses whenever it is convenient and completing the clinical teaching experience in the same school where you work.

Advance to your next career role by accessing TAMIU’s strong network with districts across Texas. Known for its long-standing reputation of graduating top-quality educators, the TAMIU name will give you added recognition among school administrators that can open the door to new opportunities.

In the M.S. in School Counseling online program, you will learn to:
  • Use culturally appropriate counseling practices regarding age and stage of life
  • >Transform a variety of counseling theories and interventions for efficacy in a multicultural environment
  • Apply professional, ethical and legal principles when collaborating or consulting with stakeholders (parents, teachers, other professionals, etc.)
  • Impact school and non-school counseling programs through the application of leadership and advocacy skills by designing, implementing and evaluating counseling programs in myriad settings
  • Actively engage in professional counseling associations
The state of texas education agency

The Texas A&M International University College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.



Tuition for the M.S. in School Counseling online program is economical and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

In-State Tuition:

The following tuition applies only to Texas residents.

Program Tuition $17,585

Out-of-State Tuition:

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Program Tuition


The M.S. in School Counseling program is delivered online, featuring 7-week courses and six start dates a year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline

Summer I 2022






Summer II 2022






Fall I 2022






Fall II 2022






Spring I 2023






Spring II 2023






Summer I 2023






Summer II 2023






Graduate Programs Degree Plan


To apply for the Master of Science in School Counseling online program, you must hold a bachelor's degree and submit transcripts verifying a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework.

M.S. in School Counseling online admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours
  • Two years of work experience
  • Statement of Purpose / Essay
  • FERPA Consent to Release Educational Records
  • Code of Ethics Form Teacher Candidate
  • College of Education Application
  • Submit Proof of Service Record
  • Complete Online Screening Instrument
  • Complete Exit Policy Form
International Transcript Evaluation:

TAMIU does their own foreign credential evaluations. Graduate Studies does not require third party evaluations nor are obligated to accept the results, or GPA calculations, if an evaluation is submitted. If an applicant submits an official evaluation, the evaluation does not replace official transcripts or certificates of graduation.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Graduate School
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
Electronically to [email protected]

For documents other than transcripts, please upload to your application portal located here. If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.



Curriculum for the M.S. in School Counseling online program is comprised of 16 courses (48 credit hours).

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The major problems of education and vocational guidance covering selection, orientation, personnel, training programs, placement and reeducation. Selection, discussion and presentation of problems to the class comprise part of the course content. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and six hours of advanced education coursework.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the major counseling theories will be presented in this course. Primary emphasis will be placed on the practical application of each theoretical model with specific focus on the school setting. Case examples will be used to facilitate understanding.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students an opportunity to study, administer, score and interpret a variety of assessment instruments used in school and non-school settings. Students will be exposed to instruments measuring personality, intelligence, aptitude and achievement; career and interest; and environmental factors. Ethical issues in testing and the special education environment also will be addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an orientation to best practices in school counseling. Emphasis will be placed on comprehensive developmental school counseling programming and effective collaborative consultation with school administration.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey course of the major theories of vocational choice and career development with demonstrations on how to translate these theories into meaningful practice in the counselor-client relationship. Students also will develop a guidance model for career education in the school setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A variety of cultural and ethnic groups in America will be discussed in this course. Students also will extend their knowledge, awareness and skill in applying culturally sensitive services in the school setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed as an explorative introduction to and an overview of a range of major theories of human development in which developmental processes and issues emphasized by different theories are described and compared. This class will establish a foundation of learning theories and address applications within developmental, personality and social theories. Intentional intervention with clarity of theoretical grounding, considering client circumstances and style, will be stressed. Special emphasis will be on childhood and adolescent development and their implications for assessment, diagnosis and intervention planning in counseling and guidance.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an overview of professional issues in counseling with an emphasis on current ethical standards and practices. Ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association and related entities will be reviewed. Application of these codes in professional settings will be discussed exploring ethical decision-making models.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will review crisis intervention skills and applicability to the school setting. Students will reflect on how people deal with crisis, exploring crisis experiences, and begin to develop skills in crisis intervention. Students also will examine relevant research on crises, resolution and resilience. The major focus of the course will be on learning the practical skills of helping children and adolescents in crisis in the school setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to techniques appropriate for children and adolescents. Students will practice a variety of child and adolescent counseling skills common to the counseling profession using live supervision and video tape/transcription. Additional skills developed include problem conceptualization, goal setting and selecting theoretically appropriate counseling interventions for children and adolescents.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with a thorough and in-depth exploration of the professional knowledge, skills and practices related to addictions counseling, treatment and prevention. Emphasis is placed on etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors including, but not limited to, gambling, sexual, eating, alcohol and drug addictions. In addition, this course will assist students in understanding strategies for the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores key issues in educational research and practice, particularly the focus on test scores to measure student achievement and educational effectiveness. It will examine what test scores, as well as other school-based data, mean. Further discussion focuses on how to descriptively analyze educational data, interpret data and use data to make decisions about student learning and school improvement. Prerequisites: graduate standing and admission to the College of Education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will practice basic helping skills common to the counseling profession using live supervision and audio-video taping. Additional skills will be developed in problem conceptualization, goal setting and selecting theoretically appropriate interventions. Prerequisite: EDCU 5305.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theories, processes and practices of group counseling and psychotherapy. Students will participate in a small group experience. Prerequisites: EDCU 5314 or permission of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This competency-based course will require 100 hours of actual counseling experience with a variety of clients and challenges in the school-community setting. Applying theory to practice will be stressed. Prerequisites: EDCU 5309, EDCU 5310, EDCU 5315 and EDCU 5307 (can also be taken concurrently or with permission of instructor).

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practical experience will be gained in a school setting under supervision of a qualified on-site school counselor. A total of 300 hours will be required with an approximate balance between direct and indirect counseling experiences. A university lab experience with counselor education faculty also is required. Prerequisites: EDCU 5316 or permission of the instructor.


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