MEd SCHOOL COUNSELING ONLINE
Our Lady of the Lake University offers a Master of Education (MEd) with a specialization in School Counseling through a new innovative online format. The program was designed for Texas educators who live in small towns or in remote areas of the state. The online format also accommodates those educators with a busy and demanding lifestyle. It meets the needs of Texas educators wishing to enter the school counseling field.
Offered through the Department of Education in the School of Professional Studies, the program provides the academic foundation for the Texas Professional School Counselor certification. Course work and practicum experiences are integrated to enhance personal and professional growth while in the program. Students completing the program will be recommended to sit for the certification examination. Graduates of this program meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.
A certification-only option is also available in this program. The student takes only the courses needed for certification and does not earn the master’s degree. Contact a Graduate Admissions counselor for additional information on this option.
The online school counseling program is offered in a cohort format. Each cohort is comprised of 15-20 students who stay together during the duration of the program. Cohort delivery offers unique benefits including:
• Lasting professional and personal relationships
• Sharing similar educational goals
• Offering and receiving mutual academic and emotional support
At Our Lady of the Lake University, online classes are always taught by experienced faculty with a wide range of expertise, including current and former classroom teachers, principals, and district administrators, and state and nationally certified counselors, who blend theory and practical experiences to provide a rich environment for learning and growing.
The program is designed to reach underserved student populations residing outside of the traditional driving distance of students attending Our Lady of the Lake University. Therefore, students meeting all academic requirements and residing outside of a 100 miles radius from OLLU will be given first consideration.
The 48-semester hour program of study includes the following courses:
• Research Methods and Procedures
• Guidance and Counseling Services
• Applied Learning and Development
• Normal Family Processes Across Cultures
• Vocational and Aptitude Assessment
• Life Span Development Psychology
• Life Planning and Career Development
• Group and Family Processes
• Counseling Theories: Methods and Techniques
• Child and Adolescent Counseling
• Practicum: School Counseling I and II
• Psychopathology: Etiology, DX, TX Planning
• Professional Practice: Skills and Issues
• Pre-Practicum Counseling Laboratory: Basic Interviewing Skills
• Seminar in Counselor Education
Applicants for Professional School Counselor Certification in Texas are required to pass the appropriate TExES exam and document two years of teaching experience in an accredited K-12 school. All applicants for Texas certificates are screened for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction as prescribed by state law.
Admission is granted to individuals displaying the promise of academic success in graduate study.
General admission requirements are as follows:
- Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application.
- A grade point average of 2.75 with a 3.00 on last 60 hours
- If cumulative GPA is below a 3.00, a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years.
- Two letters of academic/professional recommendation not more than a year old (forms will be supplied by the University).
- Applicants who do not hold valid Texas Teacher Certificates must submit verification of local and state Criminal History Records. To obtain Texas certification as a school counselor, one must document two years of classroom experience as teacher of record in an accredited public/private school setting.
- Applicants for the online school counseling program without an undergraduate degree conferred from a traditional teacher education program must have a minimum of three years of classroom experience as the teacher of record in a regionally accredited institution, and may be required to submit samples of academic coursework completed.
- Any out-of-country applicants must also submit a passing score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the TOEFL-IBT, per state guidelines for demonstration of oral communication skills prior to admission to teacher education.
- An interview is also required for admission to the MEd in School Counseling
- Application fee
Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.