Master of Education in School Counseling

The Master of Education in School Counseling will prepare you to help students who are struggling emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially. You will learn how to provide expert guidance in each developmental area and at each stage of development.

Learn to analyze professional counseling problems/issues/ethical concerns in culturally diverse environments. Evaluate the various issues surrounding standardized tests. And learn to apply knowledge related to the physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, and emotional development of students through individual counseling skills, group facilitation, and classroom guidance.

20% Grant Offer: New master's students in ministry, education or history who enroll Spring 2020 or later qualify for a 20% grant. The grant awards $1,000 per semester, renewable over the life of your degree.

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Program Requirements:

To be eligible to receive a Texas School Counselor certificate, the individual must:

  1. be state licensed with a valid educator certificate and provide a copy of certificate;
  2. have a minimum of two years teaching experience in an accredited school and provide copies of teacher service records;
  3. meet requirements for admission to the SAGU educator preparation program;
  4. complete structured, field-based training through a practicum component;
  5. pass the representative and state examinations of educator standards;
  6. successfully complete graduate comprehensive examination for a Master of Education program;
  7. complete the School Counselor Program; and,
  8. have earned a master’s degree from an accredited university.

State Certification

Students seeking Texas State Teaching Certification must follow specific guidelines for certification. Students are encouraged to discuss these guidelines with the SAGU Director of Teacher Certification and SAGU Teacher Education Testing Coordinator. Graduating with an Education degree from SAGU does not guarantee state certification. Students seeking certification in professional areas such as Principalship and School Counselor must meet one of the above criteria and have 70% of the degree plan coursework completed prior to testing approval.

Our goal at SAGU Teacher Education is to prepare students to pass certification exams on the first attempt. The School Counseling degree is designed to give candidates the necessary content knowledge and practice needed in each course. This degree also gives individuals the chance to continue their education to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Careers in education

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), education jobs are on the rise. A degree in education prepares you for careers as a(n):

  • Art Teacher
  • Biology Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • English Teacher
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • Physical Education (P.E.) Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Principal
  • School Administrator
  • School Counselor
  • School Librarian
  • School Secretary
  • Science Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Superintendent
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Vice Principal

National average salary for new teachers: $40,000
National average salary for teachers in 5 years: $47,000

Niche, "Teacher Salaries in America"

State and Federal Reports:

SAGU Teacher Education graduates have achieved a 98% TExES Certification Exam pass rate for the 2014-2015 academic year. According to the national Title II report, which ranks universities by state, SAGU achieved a high ranking by the federal government by scoring in the top quartile in the state of Texas for students passing state certification requirements.

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations, effective July 1, 2020, Title IV institutions are required to share professional licensure disclosures. For any certification or licensure, directly contacting that state’s department or entity responsible for state certification or licensure will ensure the most accurate information.

The following resources provide such data:

  • Licensing Boards By State
  • Teacher Education Certification by State

Full support

Get access to full campus support and resources. Students can take advantage of the Career Center for job training and assistance, the Wellness Center for fitness classes and facilities, the Counseling Center and more.

Individual attention

Our class sizes are small. We create an atmosphere where you have 1-on-1 interactions with faculty who invest in your performance and well-being.

Affordability & value

SAGU students graduate with 20% less debt on average than other private universities. Our Financial Aid team is your team to help secure grants, scholarships and other financial resources to help ease your mind.

Sticker price vs. your cost

When choosing a college, it is important to realize the difference between the sticker price and your net costs after scholarships and grants. SAGU offers a net price calculator to help you identify financial opportunities to reduce your college costs.

Christian faith

Everything we do springs from a Christian world view. SAGU creates an environment that strengthens your faith and your mind, integrating faith and learning.

Accreditation

You can be confident that your degree at SAGU is recognized, as SAGU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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