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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Counseling, M.Ed.

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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 that are 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 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 that their individual degree plans concur with their credentialing expectations.

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 that their individual degree plans concur with their credentialing expectation.

Master of Education: College of Education

Degree Requirements

The following represents minimal expectations regarding the completion of a master’s degree in the College of Education. Some programs and/or departments may have additional requirements.

  1. A minimum of 36 semester credit hours is required, however, some program areas require additional credit hours. Transfer students must complete at least 27 semester credit hours at the University of Houston after admission to the graduate program. Of these hours, not less than 18 semester hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above. Courses outside the College of Education bearing numbers lower than 6000 must be approved by the advisor to be included in the degree program. College of Education courses numbered lower than 6000 may not be applied toward the program.
  2. Students must earn all semester hours, including thesis, within the five years prior to graduation.
  3. With the approval of the advisor and the associate dean for graduate studies, up to nine semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted.
  4. A minimum 3.00 grade point average (A=4.00) is required in all transfer and subsequent work. No graduate credit is given for grades lower than C-. A graduate student who receives 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 will not be permitted to re-enroll for graduate study.
  5. A common core of nine semester hours is required of all students. This requirement normally is fulfilled during the first 18 semester hours taken at the university.
  6. Students are required to submit a degree plan approved by their academic advisor, the program coordinator, the department chair, and the Dean prior to the completion of 18 semester hours of credit. The degree plan is submitted and approved in MyAdvisor (
  7. A thesis, for which students receive six semester hours of credit, is optional for most programs. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
  8. Satisfactory performance on a departmental comprehensive examination is required of all M.Ed. students.

Each department establishes specific admission and degree requirements for its major areas. For more information, students should consult the department of their choice.

An application for graduation must be filed early during the semester when degree requirements are completed. The application can be completed by logging into Enrollment Services Online. Filing deadlines are listed in the class schedule and the academic calendar.

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