Counselor Education Program
Dr Barbara Tucker
(432 ) 837-8703
Welcome to the Counselor Education Program at Sul Ross State University. We take pride in the fact that our counselor education program has been preparing graduates for many years to serve in the counseling profession. Graduates of our counselor education program receive a Master of Education degree with a major in counseling. Our program is designed to develop knowledge and skills needed to act as facilitators of change and growth for culturally diverse individuals, groups, and organizations, and to prepare them to work as professional counselors in a variety of settings, including:
- public and private schools
- colleges and universities
- mental health agencies
- community agencies
- private practice
A Master of Education degree with a major in counseling requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of approved coursework. Classes are offered in a convenient on-line and weekend format. On-line courses include 27 of the 36 hours required for the master’s degree. The remaining 9 hours are offered during the weekend format. For weekend format, Spring and Fall semester classes meet on four designated weekends (Saturday and Sunday). For Summer sessions the format is slightly modified, classes meet for four consecutive weekends in June (Summer I) or July (Summer II). Students may enroll in a maximum of 9 semester credit hours during each Fall and Spring term, and a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in each of the two annual summer sessions. Students may join the program at the beginning of any term.
Successful completion of the 36-credit-hour School Counselor program provides the academic preparation required for certification as a school counselor in Texas.
The Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires that an applicant
- successfully complete a school counselor preparation program (Sul Ross State University’s program includes the 36 hours for the master’s degree)
- hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
- have a minimum of two years’ teaching experience in a public or accredited private school, and
- pass the TExES in Counseling.
Students interested in probationary certification to work as a school counselor prior to degree completion are required to complete 15 semester credit hours: ED5314, ED6308, ED6346, ED7303, and ED7302, before being eligible to apply for certification.
Academic coursework required for licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Licensed Professional Counselor—LPC) at Sul Ross includes the 36 hours for the master’s degree plus 24 additional hours. Online courses include 21 of the additional 24 hours required for the LPC. Note that the Board has additional requirements for licensure. Contact them directly for additional information.
All applicants for the M.Ed. degree in counseling must meet the admission requirements for graduate studies, which includes holding a bachelor’s degree from an institution approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Information and application packets are available in the Graduate Student Center, Sul Ross State University, Briscoe Academic Building Box C-6, Alpine, Texas, 79832. Call the Center, (432) 837-8052, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
For information concerning financial aid programs, contact the Center for Enrollment Services, Sul Ross State University, Lawrence Hall Box C-2, Alpine, Texas 79832. Call the Center, (432) 837-8050, or email email@example.com for information.
Sul Ross State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY
Sul Ross State University is a comprehensive regional university situated in the sparsely populated, culturally rich Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Nationally recognized as a Hispanic-serving institution, Sul Ross is committed to Hispanic higher education success and success for all students in Higher Education. The student body reflects the population of the area, which includes a large percentage of students from rural settings and a mixture of ethnic groups. The university also attracts students from several states and foreign countries.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Sul Ross State University was created as a state normal college for the primary purpose of preparing teachers for the public schools of West Texas. The continuing mission of the Department of Education is to develop life-long learners who are reflective practitioners of their craft.