Counselor certification program

Become a Counselor

The State Board of Education recently adopted the following requirement for the Standard School Counselor Certificate in Chapter 19 of the Texas Administrative Code Section §239.20: All school counselors must hold, at a minimum, a 48-hour master's degree in counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that at the time was accredited or otherwise approved by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This will be a requirement starting September 1, 2019.

Please be aware that INSPIRE Texas will be allowed – at this time – to admit candidates into the counselor certification program up until the last cycle in August of 2019.  As of now, the state has not adopted a timeline for candidates to complete certification requirements prior to the new rule taking effect.


Due to overwhelming demand for counselor certification prior to the implementation of the rule requiring a 48-hour master’s degree in school counseling, INSPIRE TEXAS will offer one final cohort beginning in August 2019.


"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." – John Quincy Adams

Counselors are a pivotal part of a student’s development, helping tomorrow’s leaders make the right choices about coursework, careers and personal interests. Your role as a counselor is important in helping students be open to new possibilities and be more confident in their decisions. We offer the tools that will help you guide the children of Texas toward successful futures. 

The INSPIRE TEXAS Counselor Certification Program teaches you how to advise students and assess their potential.


Your comprehensive training includes a 12-month supervised internship that can be completed anywhere in Texas. As an intern, you will complete approximately 360 hours of counselor program training, which includes coursework, seminars, field experience, and active research. 




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