The Guidance and Counseling program at the University of Texas at El Paso offers professional training at the master's level designed to prepare future counselors to practice in a school or community setting, to include private practice.
The M.Ed. degree is offered in the following areas:
The School Counseling focus prepares students to become elementary or secondary school counselors. Students become familiar with school counseling and guidance services and develop the competencies required of guidance and counseling specialists in the schools. This program meets Texas specifications for school counselor certification and the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.
The Mental Health Counseling focus prepares students for counseling positions in various community agencies such as mental health centers, family counseling centers, social service agencies, and private counseling settings. This program meets the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.
NOTE: The M.A in Education (with a concentration in either School or Community Counseling) is a thesis option program open to those students intending to continue their academic study beyond the master's degree level.