A degree in psychology with an emphasis in school guidance is designed for individuals seeking a counseling career in a school setting. This degree combines courses in psychology and elementary education. The goal is to provide a strong foundation in psychology while preparing individuals to teach. School counselors in the State of Texas need two years of teaching experience and a master’s degree in school counseling prior to licensure and employment as a school counselor. Our program helps prepare students for both counseling and teaching with this composite degree. 


The program prepares individuals for the three Texas exams required for an early childhood – 6th grade (EC-6) teaching credential. The exams include the Core Subjects, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR), and the Science of Teaching Reading (STR).  


Career Field
Many Psychology with school guidance graduates currently work as:

  • Educational Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Speech Therapists
  • Teachers


Job Outlook
A number of institutions are looking to hire graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Training in critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and human behavior make graduates in this field highly versatile and employable.


With a B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in School Guidance, you will be prepared to seek a counseling position in a school. With combined courses in psychology and elementary education, you’ll have a strong foundation in psychology while also preparing individuals to teach.


  • School Counselor
  • School Social Worker
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Teacher


Projected employment growth of School and Career Counselors between 2018-2028

Educational Qualifications

Students must complete all coursework, field experience, and student teaching in preparation for teacher licensure and completion of the degree. Two years of elementary teaching experience and a master’s degree are required for licensure as a school counselor. 

Students planning to teach at tertiary level in psychology programs must have at least one area of expertise; a doctorate degree is preferred. A terminal degree (the highest available degree given in an academic discipline) also has the advantage of preparing students to be highly qualified.

Psychology Courses
Item #TitleCredits
PSYC 212General Psychology3
PSYC 220Human Growth and Development3
PSYC 222Ethics for Mental Health Professionals3
PSYC 322Adolescent Psychology3
PSYC 326Exceptional Children3
PSYC 340Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 360Personality Theory & Development3
PSYC 444Courtship, Marriage, and Family3
PSYC 445Deviant Behavior3
PSYC 460Applied Social Research Methods3
PSYC 470Counseling Theory & Techniques3
 Sub-Total Credits33


Education Courses
Item #TitleCredits
EDUC 312Educational Psychology3
EDUC 350Educational Technology3
EDUC 364Kindergarten Materials and Methods3
EDUC 382Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School3
EDUC 385Philosophy of Education3
EDUC 386Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EDUC 414Science and Health in the Elementary School3
EDUC 418Legal Foundations of Education3
EDUC 419Social Studies in the Elementary School3
EDUC 424Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School3
EDUC 434Classroom Assessment3
EDUC 436Classroom Managment3
EDUC 475Directed Teaching in Elementary School3-6
 Sub-Total Credits39-42


Required Cognates
Item #TitleCredits
POLS 211National and Texas Constitutions3
MATH 141Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
 Sub-Total Credits6


Faculty Profiles

Cheryl The, Ph.D.

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Lynette Frantzen, PhD

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Michelle Quiej, BS

Education & Psychology
Administrative Assistant