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School Counselor Certification

The University of Houston College of Education can help you become a certified school counselor in Texas through our M.Ed in counseling degree program. The program, which can be completed in as few as two years, provides students with a strong theoretical background as well as practical experience.

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After being admitted into the University of Houston, you also must be admitted into the College of Education’s school counselor program. This is a state requirement for all educator-prep programs. Students should look for more information from the College after being accepted to UH.

Basic requirements include:

  • Having a GPA of 2.5 or higher (based on last degree earned)
  • Holding a valid Texas teacher certification
  • Having at minimum a bachelor’s degree

UH typically has a high admission rate for those who meet the state requirements.


Once formally admitted in the certification program, you must complete the following:

  • 200+ clock hours of content and pedagogy (5+ courses)
    • For the master’s degree, additional courses will be required.
  • 160+ practicum hours
  • 135+ observation minutes by a UH field supervisor


To earn certification, you must:

  • Successfully complete all coursework.
  • Complete all required practicum hours and observations.
  • Complete the degree program.
  • Have two years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school.
  • Hold at minimum a master’s degree.
  • Pass the state TExES certification exam.

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General certification questions

Certification office
UH College of Education

Program certification questions

Rachael Whitaker
Clinical assistant professor
UH College of Education