Counselor certification program

Counselor Program Overview

Visual Guide for Region 4 Counselor Certification in Houston, TX


The heart of our Counselor Certification program is focused on understanding students. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving. At INSPIRE TEXAS, we are passionate about preparing counselors who make a difference in the lives of our children while supporting their dreams.
To begin the Counselor Certification program, you will need:
  • a master’s or other advanced degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • a valid Teacher Certificate with at least 2 years of credible teaching experience
  • demonstrated leadership skills in professional and community activities
  • approval from a certified school counselor to serve as your mentor (Mentors must have a minimum of 3 years experience as a school counselor)
Counselor Certification step 1 - Region 4
Complete the online application. The application fee is $95 and is non-refundable. Assemble the following documents, to be mailed to us at least 15 days prior to the application deadline.

  1. Valid Teacher Certificate
  2. Certified or notarized copy of service record indicating a minimum of 2 years of credible teaching experience
  3. Letter of recommendation from principal or superintendent (if current position is not campus based) on school or school district letterhead
  4. Official transcript(s), in sealed envelopes, from a college/university of all degrees conferred with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  5. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your transcript(s) returned to you
INSPIRE TEXAS |  Educator Certification by Region 4, 7145 W. Tidwell Rd., Houston, TX 77092 
NOTE: You have up to 60 days to complete the online application once it is started.
Application Deadlines:
March 1 for April cohort
May 31 for July cohort
After your application is submitted and documents received, you will be notified via email of your acceptance into the program. When you receive your notification, choose the training date that works best for you.

Counselor certification step 2 - Region 4
Inspire Texas Counselor Certification cohorts are offered four times per year, every January, April, July and October.

After deciding which cohort works best, you will begin your one-year training program.


Counselor certification step 3 - Region 4

The Counselor Certification program provides flexible yet comprehensive training to meet your needs. While our requirements include having a master’s degree before you apply, you may be allowed to enroll for Counselor Certification if you are currently enrolled in a master's degree program. Internships can be completed anywhere in Texas.

At INSPIRE TEXAS, your instructors will provide guidance and feedback throughout the 12-month program. Understanding students, planning, collaboration, consultation and professionalism are critical training objectives. All field supervisors have been counselors in Texas. 
You will meet with the field supervisor and a campus/district mentor at least three times while enrolled in the Counselor Certification program. In addition to these in-person meetings, you will have the opportunity to meet with the field supervisor on a monthly basis. This exchange will include sharing reflections of the internship experiences and activities completed, which allows you to apply that knowledge as you progress through each course.
As a counselor candidate, you will complete approximately 360 hours of counselor program training, which includes coursework, seminars, action research, and field experience at an accredited public, private or charter school.
Understanding Students
  • Human Development
  • Student Diversity
  • Factors Affecting Students
Planning and Implementing the Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program
  • Program Management
  • Developmental Guidance Program
  • Counseling
  • Assessment 
Collaboration, Consultation and Professionalism
  • Collaboration with Families 
  • Collaboration with others in the Community 
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • TExES Preparation 
Courses meet the needs of diverse learning styles. Should further accommodations be necessary for disabilities; please contact the Region 4 Program Coordinator. We will be happy to assist with the appropriate accommodation. 
During your training, you will prepare for the TExES examination to obtain your Standard Counselor Certificate. 

Counselor certification step 4 - Region 4

You are required to pass the designated state certification content exam(s). Passing a content area is required by the majority of school districts in the state of Texas.


More information is available online for TExES exam registration, preparation, and test dates.

7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, TX 77092