Master of Education in Counseling & Development / Professional School Counselor
Lamar University

Program Details

The online Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a concentration in Professional School Counselor program prepares educators who are trained in mental health to work in K-12 public and private school settings to help students with academic achievement, personal and social development, career or college readiness, and planning.  The curriculum emphasizes mental health promotion, positive youth development, early mental health intervention and development, substance abuse prevention and intervention, and suicide prevention in the school setting.  Coursework includes high-impact educational practices such as:

  • Faculty mentorship
  • Community-based learning through advocacy
  • Integrated technology skills
  • Learning communities focused on equity, access, and advocacy


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

  • Submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended
  • GRE Policy
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (institutional bachelor’s degree) requires no GRE
    • Undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (institutional bachelor’s degree) requires a qualifying GRE by the third course, if accepted by the Department
    • For those applicants within the 2.5-2.99 range in the institutional bachelor’s degree, a last 60 hour count will be performed and if the derived GPA is 3.0 or higher, the applicant will be granted admission on the no-GRE status
    • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s will not be admitted
  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Two years teaching experience
  • Employed on a TEA approved public or private school campus
  • Personal Essay
  • Reference from your Principal

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges