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Sugar Land

The College of Education partners with UH Sugar Land to offer courses for the Master of Education in Counseling on both campuses. For more information about our Sugar Land program, please contact Patrick Ellis at 832-842-2861 or pjellis@central.uh.edu or visit the College of Education’s Admission Application Instructions.

The mission of the Counseling M.Ed. program is to prepare license eligible counselors who will assume entry level and typically supervised positions in education and mental health settings, as well as students wishing to prepare for application to doctoral programs.

Is this program for me?

The objective of the Master’s Program in Counseling is to prepare competent counselors to work in a professional capacity with diverse clients and to assume entry level positions in mental health settings. Graduates in this program track seek licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors.

There are also some students who complete this masters program to help gain later entry into the Ph.D. program.

The program includes a strong theoretical background as well as practical training and experience. There is also an emphasis on the ecological-developmental approach in counseling that considers the influences on persons in environments and makes use of strengths of individuals.

If students are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester), they should expect to spend two full years (including summer courses) and possibly an extra semester in the program.

What will I learn?

Students complete coursework and practicum, and either a Comprehensive Exam or Master’s Thesis. Graduates will learn:

  • Counseling theories, skills, and techniques for diverse populations with various counseling issues or needs
  • Understanding and awareness of the role and influence of the counselor in providing services to diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, gendered and social populations
  • Knowledge of legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities related to the practice of professional or school counseling
  • Application of relevant empirical research to broaden knowledge of delivery and counseling services
  • Understanding and knowledge of effective and appropriate assessment and evaluation of clients or students in placements and delivery of interventions

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Counseling:

*Please note that the minimum number of hours required to complete this program increases to 60 hours during the Fall 2017 semester.

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates successfully pass the exams to become Licensed Professional Counselors at very high rates. Alumni find employment in diverse settings, including:

  • K-12 schools
  • Community Colleges and Universities
  • Mental and health care facilities

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Counseling may pursue the following careers:

  • College Counselor
  • Community Agency Counselor
  • Probation Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Employee Assistance Program Counselor

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.