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School Counseling (Licensure)


The Master of Science in Education (MSE) in School Counseling (Licensure) program is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and prepares aspiring school counselors for licensure. The program focuses on the relations and interactions between students and their school environment, with the purpose of reducing the effect of environmental and institutional barriers that impede student academic success. The profession fosters conditions that ensure educational equity through counseling with a focus on personal/social success, career and college information/access, and academic success for all students, from pre-school through 12th grade. Students from other states must check with a representative of their state’s licensure bureau for school counseling to determine if this degree program will be accepted for licensing purposes.

Prerequisite for licensure in New Mexico:

Pass the Praxis Test for Professional School Counselors. For more information, please visit:

The College of Education at University of the Southwest operates under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) that uses the standards developed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to evaluate education programs.

For testing and licensure requirements for your specific program, refer to the New Mexico Department of Education Licensure Department.

Out-of-state students will need to contact the respective State’s Department of Education for testing and licensure requirements.

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