Texas School Counselor Certification Deficiency

Graduate program offered by the UNT College of Education

For individuals who hold a bachelor's but not a master's degree in counseling, UNT counseling program master's degrees meet the educational requirement for Texas school counselor certification.

Individuals who already hold a master's degree in counseling from a CACREP-accredited program may pursue the elementary or secondary public School Counseling Certification Endorsement track. By the time the student completes the required coursework, (s)he must also have two years of teaching experience in an accredited school and pass the TExES: Counselor test to become certified as a public school counselor in Texas. Individuals seeking certification in other states are urged to contact the relevant state(s) because their requirements may differ.

Although Texas issues only one type of counseling certificate for P-12, the counseling program will endorse a graduate only for the track (elementary or secondary) that (s)he completed. Students pursuing this track must have a completed Certification Deficiency Worksheet on file in the counseling office and a College of Education Deficiency plan on file with the college prior to enrollment in the first counseling (prefix COUN) course.