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Master of Education in School Counseling online

The Lamar University M.Ed. in School Counseling online degree program is designed to prepare you to help students who are struggling emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially. You'll learn how to provide expert guidance in each developmental area and at each stage of development and gain hands-on experience through an 15-week school counseling practicum.

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48 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

The Master of Education in School Counseling is designed to prepare you for a career in professional school counseling and school leadership. This degree prepares you for:

  • Addressing the needs of K-12 students for academic, social/emotional, and career development
  • Implementing a comprehensive developmental guidance plan for elementary and secondary schools
  • Developing counseling skills, relational skills, and community outreach

This program includes two, 5-day, face-to-face Residency** seminars and a Practicum and Internship component.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

**The Residency courses require additional fees that are not covered in tuition. Please visit the following link for more information: Residency

Online Courses

Courses in the M.Ed. in School Counseling are designed to meet the educational requirements set forth by the state of Texas for counseling programs in Texas. Participation in a specialization area may or may not lead to additional credentialing. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for certification and/or endorsement in a specialization area.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

CNDV 5301 Human Growth and Development

A study of normal human development and the stages of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth from prenatal origins through old age.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5303 Intro to School Counseling

Designed to advance the professional competence of participants. For each seminar, a description of the particular area of study will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when nature of seminar differs sufficiently from one previously taken. Prerequisites: CNDV 5311 or approval of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5310 Counseling Skills

An introduction of facilitation skills and theory. In depth analysis and demonstration of various facilitation techniques for use with counseling clients.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5311 Individual Counseling Theories & Techniques

Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5312 Group Counseling Theories & Techniques

An analysis of group counseling theories, processes and techniques; pre-practicum course.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5320 Multicultural Counseling

Studies in human diversity and cultural issues. Identifies the implications for counseling and learning and strategies for cross cultural effectiveness in various settings.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5322 Professionalism, Ethics and the Law

An overview of the profession with an emphasis on legal issues, ethical principles and professional standards of conduct in the area of counseling.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5323 Career Development

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5330 Developmental Guidance and Counseling

Designed to advance the professional competence of the counselor, the course is a study of the design and management of a comprehensive developmental guidance program. Emphasis is placed on the planning and implementation of a guidance curriculum appropriate for the needs of school age children and youth.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5334 Measurement and Assessment

Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation to include basic statistical concepts; standardized and nonstandardized testing; strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment; and evaluation instruments in educational and counseling settings.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5352 Crisis Prevention & Intervention

An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5353 Research and Program Evaluation

This course introduces students to counseling research and provides them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to research and program evaluation in counseling. An emphasis is placed on evaluating research and applying research outcomes to practice. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects' protection.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5380 Seminar Counseling & Development

Designed to advance the professional competence of participants. For each seminar, a description of the particular area of study will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when nature of seminar differs sufficiently from one previously taken. Prerequisites: CNDV 5311 or approval of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5390 School Counseling Practicum

A field-based course with supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in a school setting during the school day. Prerequisite: Must be within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5394c Internship in Counseling

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: CNDV 5310, 5311, 5312 and within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5394d Internship in Counseling

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: CNDV 5310, 5311, 5312 and within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Master of Education in School Counseling offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 28, 2017

Apply by July 31, 2017

October 9, 2017

Apply by September 11, 2017

November 20, 2017

Apply by October 23, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate.

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.

Testimonial

Jamie McRae, Lamar University online M.Ed. in School Counseling graduate. She and her mother, Tina, completed the program together.

“To go back later in life and obtain a degree was a huge accomplishment for both of us. It made it even more special for us to do it together.”

—Jamie McRae, Lamar University online M.Ed. in School Counseling graduate. She and her mother, Tina, completed the program together.

Read Jamie and Tina’s story.

Kim Puritt, Lamar university online M.E.d In School Counseling graduate

“My dogs are now essentially my co-counselors on my school campus. As a classroom teacher, I really wasn't able to do that. Now, I have three registered therapy dogs. I have been a school counselor for three years. Thanks to Lamar University, I was able to actually venture out and offer therapy dog services as a part of school counseling.”

—Kim Pruitt, Lamar University online M.Ed. in School Counseling graduate

Read Kim’s story.