Master of Arts in Counseling

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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree offers two tracks of study, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage-Couples and Family Counseling.  The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is a CACREP-accredited program.  Students select the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track if they want to complete coursework needed in the State of Texas to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The counseling faculty are in the process of applying for CACREP-accrediation for the Marriage-Couples and Family track. Students select the Marriage-Couples and Family Counseling track if they want to complete the Marriage and Family Therapist license academic coursework requirement for the state of Texas.

Licensed Professional Counselor – Students completing this Clinical Mental Health degree track will have the academic requirements and practical skills needed to apply for a temporary license as a Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Students may choose electives that will provide them with more specific training about working with speical populations (i.e. play therapy, marriage and Family.  Typically, students graduating from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling secure employment in family service agencies, mental health centers, the prison system, communicty college counseling centers, treatment centers, etc.  Once fully licensed, the graduates of this porgram may also work in private practice.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Students selecting the Marriage-Couples and Family Counseling track will be prepared for employment in settings that focus on family systems,.  Once graduated, student may pursue the Marriage and Family Therapy license with the state of  Texas and work in private practice, agencies serving families, home based family therapy programs and other employment opportunities servicing couples and families. wishing to specialize in Marriage and Family counseling may take electives in this area. The combined academic

Both degree tracks, Clinical Mental Health and Marriage-Couples and Family are sixty semester credit hours for completion. A comprehensive examination is required for graduation and is taken during the first semester of internship.  Students must be enrolled in the university when taking the comprehensive examination and when applying for graduation.

Admissions

Applicants seeking admission to the MA in Counseling must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution (no older than five years)
  4. Official GRE scores with writing section or MAT scores
  5. Three Reference Forms (Note: One from a current employer/supervisor; one from a former professor, certified school counselor or licensed counselor, marriage and family therapist, MSW, or psychologist; and one from someone other than a family member)
  6. Essay
  7. Face-to-Face interview

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health

Notes
COUN 6386 Internship is taken twice for a minimum of six hours.
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track (60 semester credit hours)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (60 credit hours)
Choose all from:
COUN 5011 Counseling Profession and Ethics 3
COUN 5364 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 6363 Assessment in Guidance and Counseling 3
COUN 5385 Pre-Practicum Techniques of Counseling 3
COUN 5397 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan 3
COUN 5379 Methods of Research 3
COUN 5334 Effective Human Behavior 3
COUN 6374 Practicum in Group Counseling 3
COUN 5370 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan 3
COUN 6364 Counseling for Addictions 3
COUN 5393 Community Counseling 3
COUN 5394 Crisis and Trauama in Counseling 3
COUN 5392 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 6376 Supervised Practice in Counseling 3
COUN 6332 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy 3
COUN 6386 Internship1 (First Semester) 3
COUN 6386 Internship (Second consecutive semester) 3
Restricted Electives (9 credit hours)
Choose three from:
COUN 5391 Child and Adolescent Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 5399 Play Therapy Basics 3
COUN 6331 Advanced Play Therapy 3
COUN 6334 Ethical Issues in MFT 3
COUN 6337 Counseling for Sexual Concerns 3
COUN 6333 Techniques of Marriage and Family Therapy 3
COUN 6338 Couples and Family Therapy Applications
COUN 6370 Family Therapy Applications
 Total 60

Master of Arts in Counseling - Marriage-Couples and Family Counseling

Notes
1 COUN 6386 Intership is taken twice for a minimum of six semester credit hours. 
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling - Marriage-Couples and Family Counseling Track
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (60 credit hours)
COUN 6334 Professional and Ethical Focus in MFT 3
COUN 6332 Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy 3
COUN 5385 Pre-Practicum Techniques of Counseling 3
COUN 5397 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan 3
COUN 5392 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 5379 Methods of Research 3
COUN 5334 Effective Human Behavior 3
COUN 6374 Practicum in Group Counseling 3
COUN 6337 Counseling for Sexual Concerns 3
COUN 5394 Crisis and Trauma in Counseling 3
COUN 6338 Family Therapy Techniques 3
COUN 6343 Counseling for Addictions 3
COUN 6333 Techniques of Couples Therapy 3
COUN 5370 Career Counseling Across the Life Span 3
COUN 6370 Family Therapy Applications 3
COUN 6376 Supervised Practice in Counseling 3
COUN 6332 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy 3
COUN 63861 Internship
3
COUN 6386 Internship  3
Total 60

Courses

Counseling (COUN)

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