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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Counseling, MEd

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Counseling and Counseling Psychology

The master’s degree program in counseling brings together the theoretical and applied principles of educational psychology essential to the counseling relationship, and prepares students to work as professional counselors in public and private schools, community agencies, and college counseling centers.

Graduates of the master’s degree program meet the academic requirements necessary for the State Board for Educator Certification’s certification as school counselors and typically are eligible to sit for the examination to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.  Certification and licensure requirements vary by state and may change without notification.  Students should ensure their individual degree plans concur with their credentialing expectations.  For information, visit the MEd in Counseling program.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in Counseling Psychology is Accredited by the American Psychological Association and adheres to a scientist-practitioner training model.  The program emphasizes the theory, research, and practice of working with normal populations from a broadly defined ecological developmental perspective.  Graduates obtain faculty positions in colleges and universities; provide counseling supervision and consultation services in a variety of mental health settings; and serve as supervisors, program coordinators, and direct service providers in school districts.  Students participate in a variety of training experiences including at least two semesters of practicum and a full-year, full-time, pre-doctoral internship approved by the faculty.  Graduates of the Counseling Psychology program typically meet the academic requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist in the state of Texas.  Licensure requirements vary by state and may change without notifications.  Students should ensure their individual degree plans concur with their credentialing expectation.  For more information, visit the Counseling Psychology program.

Master of Education: College of Education

Degree Requirements

The following represents minimal expectations for the completion of a master’s degree in the College of Education.  Each department establishes specific degree requirements for its major areas.  For more information, students should consult the department or program of their choice.

  • A Master’s degree in the College of Education requires a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours; however, some program areas require additional credit hours.
  • A degree plan is required; students must complete a degree plan in MyAdvisor.
  • The master level courses numbered at the 6000- and 7000-levels.
  • The College of Education requires approval by a faculty advisor for all courses outside the college bearing numbers lower than 6000 for a degree program.  College of Education courses numbered lower than 6000 cannot apply toward a graduate degree.
  • Students must earn all semester credit hours, including thesis, within the five years prior to graduation.
  • The College of Education accepts a maximum of nine semester credit hours of transfer credit from an accredited university, with the approval of a faculty advisor and the college’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Transfer students must complete at least 24 graduate credit hours at the University of Houston (after admission to the graduate program).  Of these hours, no less than 18 graduate credit hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above.
  • All transfer and subsequent work require a minimum 3.00 grade point average (A=4.00).  Grades lower than a C does not count for graduate credit.
  • A graduate student receiving a grade of C+ or lower in 12 semester hours of credit at the University of Houston, whether or not in repeated courses, is ineligible for any advanced degree and cannot re-enroll for graduate study.

Students use MyAdvisor to reflect benchmark requirements for degree completion; a degree plan requires approval by a faculty advisor, the program coordinator, the department chair, and the Dean prior to completing 18 semester hours of credit.

Department Requirements

  • All students in the CUIN Masters of Education program must take nine (9) graduate credit hours of common core (Professional Seminars I and II and Capstone).

– Students satisfactorily complete a Capstone project during their final semester of course work.

  • All students in the EPLS Department for the MEd in Administration and Supervision and EdD in Professional Leadership are required to complete TExES Certification (Principal or Superintendent) in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Graduation Requirements

Complete all applicable graduate coursework and benchmarks prior to proposed graduation.  Students should file an application for graduation in PeopleSoft early in the final semester of their degree.  The university’s Academic Calendar  lists the application filing deadlines per semester.  For more information, visit the college’s Office of Graduate Studies, 256 Farish Hall.

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