Master of Education in Counseling - University of Houston
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The University of Houston's Master of Education in Counseling program provides a deep understanding of counseling theories, skills and techniques and prepares graduates for careers in professional counseling. We offer a track in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which helps students gain an understanding of the role and influence of the counselor in providing services to a diverse population. After completing our program, graduates will be able to apply relevant research to broaden their knowledge of delivery and counseling services.

About the Program

The mission of the Master of Education in Counseling program is to prepare masters level counselors in training for excellence in professional skill development, theoretical knowledge, personal disposition growth and cross-cultural awareness.

UH & UH Sugar Land

The College of Education partners with UH at Sugar Land to offer courses for the Master of Education in Counseling on both campuses. Please be advised that courses will be offered on both campus during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information about our course offerings at UH & UH at Sugar Land, please contact Rachael Whitaker at (713) 743-6685 or or visit the College of Education’s Admission Application Instructions.

Students complete coursework in the following areas:

  • 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:

Alumni find employment in diverse settings, including:

  • K-12 schools
  • Community Colleges and Universities
  • Mental and health care facilities
  • College Counselor
  • Community Agency Counselor
  • Probation Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Employee Assistance Program Counselor

The Counseling M.Ed. program at the University of Houston meets applicable licensure requirements in the state of Texas. The program has not made a determination whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in states outside of Texas.

The following is a list of current Counseling M.Ed. faculty:

Dr. Rachael A. Whitaker

Counseling M.Ed. Program

Faculty Profile | Email

Dr. Kara Hurt

Counseling M.Ed. Program

Faculty Profile | Email

Dr. Jungeun Lee

Counseling M.Ed. Program

Faculty Profile | Email

Financial Aid

All Counseling M.Ed. students are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the UH and the College of Education. To learn more about how to fund your graduate studies, visit the Graduate Funding page.

Graduate Tuition Fellowship

The Graduate Tuition Fellowship (GTF) provides tuition remission for 9 credit hours to students who:

  • Enroll in at least 9 credit hours
  • Hold a 20-hour graduate appointment (Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, Instructional Assistant, Research Assistant, Graduate Assistant)

Graduate appointments are usually available to students during the first three years of graduate studies. The program doesn't cover mandatory fees or course fees. Not all years in the graduate program are covered by this program.

To learn more about funding your education, contact the COE's College of Graduate Studies at or call 713-743-7676.

Houston, Texas

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the nation's most diverse cities. This fact benefits our students and faculty both personally and professionally. Home to more than 100 different nationalities and where more than 60 different languages are spoken, Houston is the perfect environment to practice what you're learning in the classroom. The city also boasts more than 12,000 theater seats and 11,000 diverse restaurants featuring cuisines from around the globe (Don't know where to start? Just ask a Houstonian, and they're sure to bombard you with at least a dozen places to eat.) 

Houston is bustling with culture, energy and offers something for everyone inside and outside the classroom.

(Background photo: “Metropolis” by eflon is licensed under CC BY 2.0.)

Ready to Apply?

Are you ready to apply to the University of Houston Counseling M.Ed. program? Yes? You can learn more about the application process by visiting the College of Education's Graduate Admissions page or jump right into the application process by visiting the UH's How to Apply to Graduate School page.

Please see the graduate admissions deadlines page for the application deadline for this program.

If you need more information about the Counseling M.Ed. program, we are here to help. You can always contact the COE Office of Graduate Studies by phone at 713-743-7676 or by email.


  • GPA: preferred minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate coursework (official transcript)
  • Rating forms from three references: Applicants must provide e-mail addresses of your references via ApplyWeb; then, recommenders will receive an email with online recommendation request with a link to the rating forms from University of Houston Graduate School.
  • Statement of interest articulating preparation for this field of study, career goals and how they relate to the program. The statement of interest should be a maximum of three double-spaced pages and must contain the following: 
    • Reason(s) for applying to the proposed program in the college of education
    • Related backgrounds prepared for this field of study: research, work, volunteer experiences, etc.
    • Future career plans: immediate career plans and long-term goals
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Please review application instructions via UH College of Education Graduate Admissions.
  • International students should review application instructions via International Students - University of Houston ( for additional requirements.
Farish Hall

Contact Us

The Master of Education in Counseling program is a member of UH's Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences department.

Program Director: Dr. Rachael A. Whitaker

UH College of Education
Stephen Power Farish Hall
3657 Cullen Blvd., Room 491
Houston, TX 77204-5023

Undergraduate: or 713-743-5000
Graduate: or 713-743-7676
General: or 713-743-5010

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