Texas Master’s in Counseling Programs

Alexander BuCher

Written by Alexander BuCher

Licensed Professional Counselor | Youngstown State University

Updated & Fact Checked: 10/4/23

In the Southern United States, Texas is the second-largest state in size and population. As a result of the large population and area of the state, Texas is projected to need 28% more mental health counselors by 2030, according to O*Net Online. Part of this need for mental health counselors in the state results from a rapidly growing population. The need for more professionals in the state has led to many mental health counseling degree programs emerging.

Master of Counseling Programs in Texas

In Texas, there are many mental health counseling master’s programs. According to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, one must graduate from a CACREP-Accredited counseling or counseling-related program to become a Mental Health Counselor. Programs in Texas that are CACREP-Accredited also fit into the categories of online programs and no GRE-required programs. That leaves many options for potential counseling students in Texas.

Featured Online Master’s in Counseling Programs

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Northwestern UniversityOnline

Online Master of Arts in Counseling
CACREP Accredited | 18-Month Program

Advocate for mental health in your community with Northwestern’s MA in Counseling.

Liberty University – Online

MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
CACREP Accredited |100% Online Program | No GRE Required

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree online is designed to equip you with the specialized training you need to gain state licensure and become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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NYU SteinhardtOnline

Online Counseling Master’s Programs
MPCAC Accredited | Multiple Offerings

NYU Steinhardt offers two online master’s programs in counseling to prepare you for a fulfilling career helping others, whether you’re working with pre-K–12 students or people across the life span.

Pepperdine University – Online

Online Masters in Clinical Psychology
LPC & LMFT Tracks | Top-Ranked Program

Our online psychology programs at Pepperdine University GSEP focus on preparing students to inspire change and enrich lives in their organizations and communities.

Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
HLC Accredited | No Out of State Tuition | Flexible Schedule

Expand upon your knowledge and step into a specialized psychology or counseling master’s degree.

Online Master of Counseling Programs in Texas

There are many benefits to online learning. Some benefits include flexibility in scheduling, consistent access to course materials, and the ability to enjoy some Texas barbecue while attending class. Four programs in Texas offer the flexibility of an online program. There are also programs listed in the below categories that are on-campus or hybrid courses, with parts of the program being online.

  • Program: Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: N/A
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • Online Program
  • Tuition: $4,321.15 tuition and fees for Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour semester
  • Tuition: $8,101.15 tuition and fees for non-Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour semester

CACREP-Accredited Counseling Programs in Texas

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits many counseling university and college programs all over the United States. There are many benefits to attending an accredited university such as ensuring you meet the criteria for licensure in your state as well as having a standardized program among all others. There are two programs located in Texas that offer the flexibility of being online as well as meeting the criteria for CACREP accreditation. Those two programs are located at Midwestern State University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

Below there are 28 counseling programs that are CACREP accredited and meet the criteria for licensure in the State of Texas.

  • Program: Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Huntsville, Texas
  • Tuition: $413.25 per credit hour including fees
  • Program: Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Austin, Texas
  • Tuition: Full-time tuition is $17,692 per year plus fees
  • Tuition: Part-time tuition is $738 per credit hour plus fees
  • Program: Master of Science in Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 63 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Dallas, Texas
  • Tuition: $725 per credit hour plus fees
  • Program: Master of Arts in Counseling 
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Austin, Texas
  • Tuition: $1,610 per credit hour plus fees
  • Program: Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Tuition: Variable tuition based on the amount of credits and residency status
  • Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus programs located in Stephenville, Fort Worth, and Waco, Texas
  • Tuition: $7,467 per year plus fees for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $14,829 per year plus fees for non-Texas residents
  • Program: Master of Science in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Focus
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus/hybrid program located in Commerce, Dallas, McKinney, and Mesquite, Texas
  • Tuition: $3,669 per 9 credit hour semester plus fees for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $7,341 per 9 credit hour semester plus fees for non-Texas residents
  • Program: Master of Science in Professional Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Tuition: $4,884 per 18 credit hour academic year plus fees for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $10,652 per 18 credit hour academic year plus fees for non-Texas residents
  • Program: Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tuition: $6,438 based on 9 credit hours plus fees for Texas residents plus a non-resident fee for those not residing in Texas
  • Program: Master in Science – Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Texarkana, Texas
  • Tuition: Full-time tuition of $3,007.99 per 9 credit hours plus fees including fees for those not residing in Texas
  • Program: Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus/hybrid program located in San Marcos, Texas
  • Tuition: $9,000 tuition and fees for 9 months for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $16,560 tuition and fees for 9 months for non-residents
  • Program: Master of Science in Counseling & Development
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 61 Semester Hours
  • On-campus program located in Denton, Texas
  • Tuition: $5,196 per 9 credit hours plus fees including a non-Texas resident fee of $7,344
  • Despite being designed for women, the Texas Woman’s University has been admitting men since 1972 and all programs are coeducational
  • Program: Master of Science in Professional Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Victoria, Texas
  • Tuition: $3,309.12 tuition plus fees based on a 9 credit hour semester for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $6,981.12 tuition plus fees based on a 9 credit hour semester for non-Texas residents
  • Program: Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Belton, Texas
  • Tuition: $1,040 per credit hour
  • Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hour
  • On-campus program located in Dallas, Texas
  • Tuition: The average cost for Texas residents annually is $26,134 for students enrolled in 9 credit hours per semester
  • Tuition: The average cost for non-Texas residents annually is $33,694 for students enrolled in 9 credit hours per semester
  • Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Semester Hours
  • On-campus program located in Denton, Texas
  • Tuition: $4,609.88 per semester plus fees for Texas residents based on 9 semester hours 
  • Tuition: $8,385.88 per semester plus fees for non-Texas residents based on 9 semester hours
  • Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Semester Hours
  • On-campus/hybrid program located in El Paso, Texas
  • Tuition: $7,696 per academic year plus fees for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $17,530 per academic year plus fees for non-Texas residents
  • Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tuition: $9,362 tuition and fees for Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour term
  • Tuition: $27,310 tuition and fees for non-Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour term
  • Program: Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Tyler, Texas
  • Tuition: $4222 plus fees for Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour term
  • Tuition: $8,704 plus fees for non-Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour term
  • Program: Master of Education in Counseling
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Edinburg, Texas
  • Tuition: $4,286.55 plus fees for Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour term
  • Tuition: $8,066.55 plus fees for non-Texas residents based on a 9-credit hour term

Texas Online, No GRE & CAREP Accredited Counseling Masters Programs

SpecialtyUniversity NameCityStateCounseling AccreditationModalityGRE Required?
Clinical Mental Health CounselingHardin-Simmons UniversityAbileneTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingMidwestern State UniversityWichita FallsTXCACREPOnlineNo GRE Required
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
School CounselingSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingSeminary of the SouthwestAustinTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
School CounselingSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingSt. Edward's UniversityAustinTXCACREPOnline & CampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingSt. Edward's UniversityAustinTXCACREPOnline & CampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingSt. Mary's UniversitySan AntonioTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
School CounselingStephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingStephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Rehabilitation CounselingStephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTarleton State UniversityStephenvilleTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas A&M University - CommerceCommerceTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
School CounselingTexas A&M University - CommerceCommerceTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
Addiction CounselingTexas A&M University - Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingTexas A&M University - Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
School CounselingTexas A&M University - Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas A&M University - Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas A&M University - KingsvilleKingsvilleTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas A&M University - San AntonioSan AntonioTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingTexas A&M University - San AntonioSan AntonioTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
School CounselingTexas A&M University - San AntonioSan AntonioTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas A&M University - TexarkanaTexarkanaTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas State UniversitySan MarcosTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingTexas State UniversitySan MarcosTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
School CounselingTexas State UniversitySan MarcosTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Addiction CounselingTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockTXCACREP
Clinical Rehabilitation CounselingTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockTXCACREP
School CounselingTexas Tech University, College of EducationLubbockTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas Tech University, College of EducationLubbockTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas Woman's UniversityDentonTXCACREP
School CounselingTexas Woman's UniversityDentonTXCACREPOnlineNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Houston - VictoriaVictoriaTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
School CounselingUniversity of Houston - VictoriaVictoriaTXCACREPCampusGRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Mary Hardin-BaylorBeltonTXCACREP
Marriage, Couple and Family CounselingUniversity of Mary Hardin-BaylorBeltonTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasTXCACREP
School CounselingUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of North Texas, College of EducationDentonTXCACREP
School CounselingUniversity of North Texas, College of EducationDentonTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of North Texas, College of Health and Public ServiceDentonTXCACREPOnline & CampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Saint Thomas HoustonHoustonTXCACREP
Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of Texas at El Paso, College of EducationEl PasoTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Texas at El Paso, College of EducationEl PasoTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
School CounselingUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Texas at TylerTylerTXCACREP
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley, College of EducationEdinburgTXCACREP
School CounselingUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley, College of EducationEdinburgTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Graduate CollegeEdinburgTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of North TexasDentonTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Professional CounselingTexas State UniversitySan MarcosTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
ounseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)University of HoustonHoustonTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Counselor EducationUniversity of TexasAustinTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
Professional CounselingTexas State University San MarcosTXCACREPGRE Required
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program offers specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling.Texas Southern UniversityHoustonTXCACREPGRE Required
CounselingTexas Wesleyan UniversityFort WorthTXCACREP
CounselingTexas Christian UniversityFort WorthTXCACREPCampusNo GRE Required
CounselingWest Texas A&M UniversityCanyonTXCACREPOnlineGRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingTexas A&M University-Central TexasKilleenTXCACREP
Counseling (M.Ed.) with a Student Affairs EmphasisTexas A&M University-CommerceCommerce TXCACREPOnline & CampusNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Texas A&M University San AntonioSan AntonioTXCACREPNo GRE Required
Counselor EducationTexas Tech UniversityLubbockTXCACREP
School CounselingTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationTXCACREPOnlineNo GRE Required
Clinical Mental Health CounselingUniversity of Houston-Clear LakeHoustonTXCACREPOnline & CampusGRE Required
Clinical Mental Health Counseling TXCACREP
Counseling Wayland Baptist UniversityPlainviewTX CACREPCampusNo GRE Required

No GRE Required Master in Counseling Programs

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a standardized test used by graduate schools to determine aptitude for applicants. If you are not a fan of standardized tests, you are in luck. There are many programs located in Texas that do not require this test and still need to meet the requirements for licensure in Texas. 

Under the Online Programs category, two programs do not require the GRE at all, and one is dependent on an undergraduate GPA. The two programs that do not require the GRE at all are Midwestern State University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. LeTourneau University does not require the GRE for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

Under the CACREP-Accredited programs category, 15 programs do not require the GRE at all, and six are dependent on undergraduate GPA. The 15 programs that do not require the GRE at all are Seminary of the Southwest, St. Edwards University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Central University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas College of Education, The University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Tyler. The six programs that do not require the GRE depending on undergraduate GPA are Sam Houston University, Southern Methodist University, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, University of Saint Thomas Houston, and University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley College of Education all of which require the GRE for undergraduate GPA below 3.0.

  • Program: Master of Education in Counseling
  • Accreditation: N/A
  • 60 Credit Hours
  • On-campus program located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas
  • Tuition: $3,987-4,917.69 tuition and fees per semester based on a 9 credit hour semester for Texas residents
  • Tuition: $8,667-9,597.69 tuition and fees per semester based on a 9 credit hour semester for non-Texas residents

Most Affordable Master in Counseling Programs in Texas

After breaking down each program by cost per credit hour, the most affordable on the lists above is at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The price per credit is $271.33 plus fees which is by far the lowest on the list. The program is also CACREP-Accredited and therefore meets all requirements for licensure in Texas.

Accelerated Master in Counseling Programs in Texas

While there are not any programs that are explicitly “accelerated” in Texas, there are many that require only 60 credit hours. To meet the requirements for licensure in Texas programs must be accredited. To be accredited a program must meet a minimum credit hour requirement of 60 credit hours. The following programs are 60 credit hours:

  • Midwestern State University
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Lamar University
  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Seminary of the Southwest
  • St. Edward’s University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Tarleton University
  • Texas A&M University-Central University
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Texas Tech University-College of Education
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • University of Houston-Victoria
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • University of North Texas College of Education
  • University of Saint Thomas Houston
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas at Tyler
  • University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley College of Education
  • Abilene Christian University
  • University of Houston

Required Courses for Licensure in Texas

According to the Texas State statute, certain course requirements must be met to obtain licensure as a Professional Counselor. The courses that are required are as follows:

  • Normal Human Growth and Development
  • Abnormal Human Behavior
  • Appraisal and Assessment Techniques
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Methods or Techniques
  • Research
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Social, Cultural, and Family Issues
  • Professional Orientation
  • Practicum (Internship)
    • At least 300 clock hours of which 100 must be direct client contact
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Counselor Ethics
  • Couples, Marriage, or Family Counseling
  • Psychopathology

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University

Programs & Highlights

Program Overview

Northwestern UniversityOnline

Online Master of Arts in Counseling
CACREP Accredited | 18-Month Program

Advocate for mental health in your community with Northwestern’s MA in Counseling.

Liberty University – Online

MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
CACREP Accredited |100% Online Program | No GRE Required

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree online is designed to equip you with the specialized training you need to gain state licensure and become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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NYU SteinhardtOnline

Online Counseling Master’s Programs
MPCAC Accredited | Multiple Offerings

NYU Steinhardt offers two online master’s programs in counseling to prepare you for a fulfilling career helping others, whether you’re working with pre-K–12 students or people across the life span.

Pepperdine University – Online

Online Masters in Clinical Psychology
LPC & LMFT Tracks | Top-Ranked Program

Our online psychology programs at Pepperdine University GSEP focus on preparing students to inspire change and enrich lives in their organizations and communities.

Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
HLC Accredited | No Out of State Tuition | Flexible Schedule

Expand upon your knowledge and step into a specialized psychology or counseling master’s degree.

Counseling Licensure Requirements in Texas

In Texas, there are three levels of licensure according to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. Those two stages are Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor. One may also obtain a designation as a supervisor. The licenses are obtained in the order they are listed. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and the Texas State Statute list the requirements to obtain each license. 

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate:

To obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, one must submit the following documentation to the Board for approval: 

  • Practicum Documentation Form
  • Jurisprudence Examination Completion Certificate
  • Supervisory Agreement Form (to be done by you and a state-approved supervisor)
  • National Counselor Exam (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) submitted from the National Board of Certified Counselors
  • National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query report
  • Fingerprinting
  • Official counseling program transcripts

Licensed Professional Counselor

To obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, one must submit the following documentation to the Board for approval: 

  • Jurisprudence Examination Completion Certificate
  • Supervised Experience Documentation Form
  • Fingerprinting

Career Outlook for Counselors in Texas

According to O*Net Online, the need for Mental Health Counselors in Texas is expected to increase by 28% by 2030. The current number of counselors in Texas is 14,010 and a 28% increase means there will be a need for 17,960. The current national number of Mental Health Counselors is 351,000 and is expected to increase by 22% by 2030. This means the need for Mental Health Counselors in Texas is expected to grow faster than the national average.

Texas Counseling FAQs (Obtained via the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council)

How do I take the Jurisprudence Exam? 

This exam is administered by a third party to register, visit this page

How do I get a self-query report? 

The information for this can be found at the National Practitioner Data Bank

How do I find a supervisor? 

A list of active supervisors in Texas is found on the Behavioral Health Executive Council website. Most counseling agencies and practices also offer supervision to their dependently licensed clinicians. 

How do I get fingerprinted?

Upon submission of your application, you will be sent instructions on fingerprinting. 

How long will it take to get a license? 

This varies based on many factors but can be expected to take multiple weeks. 

How many continuing education credits are needed to renew my license? 

LPCs must obtain 24 continuing education hours each renewal period. At least 6 hours must be obtained in ethics and another 3 must be obtained in cultural competency. The Texas Legislature has also directed a required continuing education course in human trafficking.

How Much Does a Mental Health Counselor Make in Texas

According to O*Net Online, a Mental Health Counselor is expected to make an average of $47,140 per year. This number is less than the national average of $49,710.

How to Become a School Counselor in Texas

The Texas Education Agency lists the requirements to become a School Counselor. The first step is to complete an approved Educator Preparation Program for the specific certificate desired, hold a master’s degree from an accredited university, and complete the required test. The past requirement for a School Counselor to have two years of teaching experience has been waived starting in September of 2023.

How Much Does a School Counselor Make in Texas

According to O*Net Online, it is expected that a School Counselor in Texas will make an average of $62,250 per year. This is higher than the national average which is $60,140.

How to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in Texas

There are many different career paths one can take with an interest in Substance Abuse Counseling in Texas. According to the Texas Certifications Board, people can work as a provider, prevention specialists, or criminal justice specialists. There are also options for people to work in gambling addiction. The requirements for each level of licensure vary and more information can be found at the link above. 

The two levels of Substance Abuse Counselors specifically are Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors and Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors. For the first level, all you need is special training to work in the field. Anyone with a High School Diploma/GED to Master’s Level clinicians can work in this role. The next level is based on years of experience and education.

How Much Does a Substance Abuse Counselor Make in Texas

According to O*Net Online, a Substance Abuse Counselor in Texas can expect to make an average of $47,140 per year. This is less than the national average which is $49,710 per year.

What Other Careers Are There for a Master’s in Counseling Degree

While the focus for people with a Master’s in Counseling is often working in the field of mental health or addiction, some people find that this is not for them. Thankfully, this degree can be used to work in other fields. Other fields that a Master’s in Counseling would be good for are a role in government, human resources, local outreach, and non-profit leadership.