Stephen F. Austin State University

School Counseling

The School Counseling Program is a 60 hour CACREP and NCATE accredited masters degree leading the the Certified School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor credentials. Our program is the only dual credentialing program in East Texas. Graduates of the School Counseling Program are the candidates of choice for professional school counseling positions in school districts across Texas.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the SFASU School Counselor Education Program is to provide training and educational experiences in order to develop highly qualified professional school counselors who are prepared for leadership in the public school system. Graduates of the program will demonstrate effective counseling skills, proficiency in program development and evaluation, advocacy for educational equity, and promotion of optimal academic, personal, social, and career development in PK-12 students.

Program Learning Outcomes

The School Counseling Program strives to achieve the following competencies:

What is Professional School Counseling?

Professional School Counselors (PSC) are certified educators, mental health professionals, and educational leaders who serve in the public schools. In Texas, a PSC must be a certified teacher with a minimum of two years of classroom teaching as the teacher of record and hold a masters degree. PSC's are uniquely qualified to address all students' academic, career, and personal/social development by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success (ASCA). PSC's are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; as well as in district supervisory positions. A professional school counselor plays an integral role in maximizing student success through leadership, advocacy and collaboration. PSC's promote equity and social justice to ensure equal access for all students to a rigorous educational experience. Supporting a safe learning environment for all students and encouraging respect and dignity for all is a key element of the work of PSC.

The skills and techniques used by a Professional School Counselor include:

Accreditation Information

The School Counseling program has been fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1995. It was the third counseling program in the state to receive accreditation. There are currently only 15 counseling programs in Texas that are CACREP accredited. Accreditation assures the quality of the academic preparation program and the associated curriculum has been reviewed against professionally approved standards. Graduation from a CACREP accredited program opens doors to some employment opportunities that would not otherwise be available. In addition, some third party payors require a CACREP degree in order to be eligible for payment reimbursement. CACREP accredited programs must engage in a systematic self review and continuous improvement process, as well as engage in a periodic peer review process.

Accreditation Documents

Potential Students

Potential students are certified classroom teachers with a minimum of one year of classroom teaching experience. Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to be an educational leader with the capacity to collaborate and advocate for all students. Admission criteria and application procedures can be found on the Counselor Education Program website.

Financial Aid

Students interested in applying for financial aid will need to complete the FAFSA and apply through the SFASU Financial Aid Services. There are no counseling specific scholarships available through the program. A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available through the Graduate School. The estimated cost of full time (9 hours) attendance is approximately $3000 a semester, plus the cost of fees, books, and materials. The tuition calculator can be used to determine the cost for a specific number of hours per semester.

Method of Delivery for Classes

The faculty of the SFASU Counselor Education Programs recognize the increasing demands on the time of many of our students. In consideration of that, approximately 30-40 percent of our classes are offered in an online format. However, we strongly believe face to face interaction and supervision is necessary in order to train highly qualified school counseling professionals. Counseling classes meet one night a week for 2.5 hours. Classes begin at 4:30 or 7:15.

Graduate Curriculum

Exact sequencing of classes will be determined based upon full or part time attendance. The following is an example of a full time student who enters in the fall semester.

School Counseling Sample Course Sequence

A full description of courses can be found on the Graduate Courses page