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Counseling Degree Programs in Texas

Just like in all areas of the country, as mental illness, drug abuse and alcohol addiction are more recognized in society, the need for those who have successfully completed accredited counseling programs in Texas will become more important. In Texas, approximately 24 million residents live with serious mental illness, and approximately 12 percent of those are children. In addition, approximately 16 percent of Texas prisoners have a mental illness, while 44 percent of children who entered the Juvenile Justice Department in 2011 needed treatment for mental illness.

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In Texas, alcohol is the primary drug of abuse, and, in 2011, a report from the University of Texas found that almost seven percent of Texans aged 12 and older reported being dependent on or abusers of alcohol in the past year. In addition, 29 percent of those admitted to publicly-funded treatment programs in Texas were there to address alcohol addiction.

These statistics indicate why those who have successfully completed accredited counseling programs in Texas are in high demand to address the problem of mental illness and substance abuse among residents.

Sam Houston State University

Austin College was originally located on the grounds of what is now Sam Houston State University, until it moved to Sherman in 1876. Austin Hall, which remains an architectural symbol for today's university, was used as Methodist school for boys until being acquired by a group of Huntsville citizens in 1879. Austin Hall is the oldest continuously-used state-owned higher education facility west of the Mississippi. In 1919, the school expanded their curriculum, and, in 1923, the name of the school was changed to the Sam Houston Teachers College. In 1965, the school once again underwent a name change, to Sam Houston State College, to better reflect the status of the college, gaining university status in 1969. Today, more than 19,200 students attend Sam Houston State University, working toward degrees in over 80 undergraduate and 56 graduate programs.

Educational Leadership and Counseling

The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling prepares students for professional positions in a variety of settings. Students are given the skills and training to become leaders in their field in a variety of settings including:

  • Public Schools
  • Libraries
  • Counseling Clinics
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Adult Education Programs

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Sam Houston State University provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue professional licensing in the state of Texas. Students are provided with broad-based knowledge that allow them to obtain positions in community mental health centers, community agencies, psychiatric facilities and private practice. Students who are interested in child counseling may complete play therapy electives and choose an internship focused in play therapy. Students who wish to focus on marriage and family may choose electives and internship with a marriage and family focus.

Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education

The Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University includes a prescribed curriculum of required and elective programs that lead to the highest professional degree available for those who wish to achieve higher positions in counselor education and school counseling. Students are expected to complete a major research study resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. Over 90 percent of the coursework is completed at The Woodlands Center, a state-of-the-art clinical training facility. Students develop advanced skills in counseling, supervision and teaching while being supervised by doctoral faculty. Students are provided networking opportunities through faculty interaction as all faculty members have national and international recognition in their particular fields, as well as through organizations and conferences.

Accreditation

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Contact

Sam Houston State University
Educational Leadership & Counseling
Center for Research & Counselor Education
Box 2119
Huntsville, TX 77341-2119
Telephone: 936-294-4148
Email: edu_jsj@shsu.edu
Master's
Doctorate

St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University was founded in 1852 as St. Mary's Institute by the Brothers of the Society of Mary. Known as Marianists, the founders brought Catholic education to San Antionio. The school began over a livery stable with twelve boys enrolled. Within a year, there were more than 100 boys enrolled at the school, requiring a new building to be built on Water Street. By 1890, enrollment had grown to the point that the downtown building was no longer suitable, and the West End Town Company agreed to sell 75 acres of land for $1 on the condition that a college be built there within one year. In 1894, St. Louis College opened, only accessible by horse and buggy. The location was often called the Woodlawn Campus. Eventually, all classes were moved from the downtown location to the Woodlawn Campus and renamed St. Mary's College in 1923. In 1927, the college gained university status.

Department of Counseling and Human Services

The mission of the Department of Counseling and Human Services is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to obtain positions as professional counselors. Students are taught to integrate Marianist values with the needs of the community in order to promote justice, peace and human dignity necessary in a global society.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, which replaced the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling program in 2009, are prepared for positions in institutions and agencies providing services to those suffering from issues related to:

  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Unemployment
  • Aging
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Chronic Illness
  • Developing transitions
  • Interpersonal, family or community violence

Through knowledge of etiology, diagnosis and treatment, graduates provide assistance to individuals, families and communities in order to address issues that commonly face people. The program is 60 credit hours, which includes a 700 clock hour clinical practicum. Graduates meet the academic requirements for licensure in Texas.

Doctor of Philosophy – Counselor Education and Supervision

Students who complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision degree program at St. Mary's are prepared for positions as advanced educators, clinicians and researchers who are able to integrate the Marianist values promoting justice, peace and human dignity into their work with those in need. There are three levels to the program:

  • Praxis
  • Theory
  • Philosophical Foundation

It is structured for full-time study and takes approximately three years to complete, with the third year consisting of a residency.

For both the Master's and Doctorate level degrees at St. Mary's, students must provide GRE or GMAT score as well as two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. For those who already have a graduate degree, test score requirements are waived. Students will also need to provide two professional recommendations as part of the application process.

Accreditation

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Contact

St. Mary's University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
Telephone: 210-436-3011
Master's
Doctorate

Stephen F. Austin State University

Moses Austin was granted permission by Spain to settle 300 families in Texas, but he died while recruiting settlers in Louisiana. His son, Stephen, took over the project. A series of Mexican leaders rejected the land grant, but the younger Austin persevered, governing every aspect of the original 300 families' settlement in southeast Texas, and by 1832 had settled another 900 families in the area. Austin was imprisoned in Mexico for his support of Texas statehood, but helped gain that independence from Mexico when he returned in 1835. Today, the school that bears his name has approximately 13,000 students enrolled in 83 undergraduate majors and 120 areas of study.

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services focuses on educating students who wish to enhance a specific population's ability to live life more completely and successfully. The faculty and staff are researcher-practitioners with an invested future in the students they teach. Their goal is to provide the knowledge and skills students will need as they go about helping others help themselves more efficiently.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 60-hour program that prepares students for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. Those who complete the program have the knowledge and skills to work in hospitals, state agencies, private practices and non-profit organizations. Students must have completed an undergraduate Abnormal Psychology and General Psychology before admission to the program, or within the first two semesters of admission. In addition, as part of their curriculum, students must take:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Seminar

School Counseling

The School Counseling program at Stephen F. Austin State University prepares students for positions in Texas public schools as a Certified School Counselor or in any other profession that requires a Licensed Professional Counselor. Applicants must be a certified teacher with a minimum of two years classroom experience and must hold teaching credentials before admittance. In addition to core classes, students must take The School Counselor and School Counseling Programs.

Accreditation

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Contact

Bobbie Lesley
Stephen F. Austin State University
2100 North Raguet Street
PO Box 13019
Nachogdoches, TX 75962
Telephone: 936-468-2906
Program Website

Texas A&M University – Commerce

Texas A&M University at Commerce has been educating students since 1889 after being founded by William Leonidas Mayo to provide "ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others." The school began as the East Texas Normal School, dedicated to educating teachers, in Cooper. The campus was destroyed by fire in 1894 at which time the university moved to Commerce. In 1917, the State of Texas purchased the campus and it was renamed East Texas State Teachers College. In order to better demonstrate the courses of study at the school, the name was changed to East Texas State College in 1957, gaining university status in 1962. In 1996, the school became Texas A&M – Commerce when it joined the Texas A&M system.

College of Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M – Commerce educates teachers, administrators and human service professionals in order to improve the quality of life in Texas and beyond. The university has graduated more high school principals, superintendents and school counselors than any other college or university in the state. The college partners with local school districts so that students obtain on-the-job training, while social work and counseling students are provided internships and practicums to apply the classroom theory they learn.

Master of Science in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling concentration emphasizes school counseling for those who are seeking school counselor certifications and clinical mental health counseling for students who plan to seek positions as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Students may be certified in both by completing PSY 503 along with a marriage and family course. Both courses are a 60 hour program and include a common core along with courses that are specific to each emphasis.

Master of Education in Counseling – Student Affairs

The Master of Education in Counseling is a 36-hour program designed for those who desire positions in college and university student affairs offices, but desire a background in counseling. Graduates of the program often seek positions in:

  • Student Activities
  • Career Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Greek Affairs
  • Recruiting and Admissions
  • Residence Life
  • Student Affairs Offices

For all Master's degree concentrations, students must provide three professional references and a personal statement addressing a specific departmental question. Students must also provide GRE scores and a General Exam is required.

Doctoral Counseling Programs

The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education prepares students to be practitioners, counselor educators and leaders in the counseling profession. Objectives for the program include:

  • Acquisition of a broad knowledge base beyond what is required to enter the counseling profession
  • Completion of successful internships related to their professional goals
  • Refined research skills beyond that related to counseling resulting in discoveries that are significant in the counseling profession
  • Comparison and contrasting of theories based on goals, roles and techniques for change with an emphasis on supervisory techniques.

Accreditation

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Programs

Contact

Masters:
Marilyn Lewis
Department Administrative Assistant
Binnion #202
Texas A&M University – Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429
Telephone: 903-886-5637
Email: Marilyn.Lewis@tamuc.edu
Program Website

Doctorate:
Dr. Chris Simpson
Counseling Doctoral Program Coordinator
Counseling Doctoral Admissions Coordinator
Binnion #226A
Texas A&M University – Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429
Telephone: 903-886-5783
Email: chris.simpson@tamuc.edu
Program Website

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

Texas A&M in Corpus Christi began in 1947 as the University of Corpus Christi, which was affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In 1970, Hurricane Celia caused significant damage to the campus, located on Ward Island. In 1971, the Texas legislature gave approval for a state-supported higher education institution in Corpus Christi, and the college opened its doors in 1973 as Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi. In 1977, the college changed its name to Corpus Christi State University, and in 1989, joined the Texas A&M University System. Today, there are approximately 10,000 students enrolled at the university.

College of Education

The College of Education at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi prepares students to become leaders that represent a diverse background and varied experiences in order to serve the educational needs of the community. Students spend a significant amount of their experience observing and working with experienced teachers and counselors. Students are assigned one-on-one with an experienced master teacher in the field-based program, allowing them to move from observation through cooperative teaching to full responsibility for a classroom.

Counseling (Master of Science): Addictions Track

Students who enroll in the Master of Science in Counseling program may choose to enter the addictions track. This track is designed to prepare students for positions assisting those who are suffering from addiction, such as drugs or alcohol. Students receive training in collaboration and consultation strategies that enable them to work with families, agencies, parents and other personnel to create effective treatment plans for those who are suffering from addiction. Courses specific to the concentration include:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Theories and Techniques in Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Advanced Strategies in Process Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Counseling for Holistic Wellness

Students must complete a practicum and internships in order to complete the degree.

Counseling (Master of Science): Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students who complete the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides the knowledge and skills for graduates to work with individuals, families, groups and the community in order to identify and develop effective treatments for those with mental health challenges. Students are qualified for licensure as a Professional Licensure. Courses specific to the concentration include:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Introduction to Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Strategies
  • Strategies in Family Counseling or Counseling Couples

Students must also complete a practicum and internships to complete the degree requirements.

Master of Science Counseling – Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Students who enter the Master of Science in Counseling program at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi can choose to concentrate their studies in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. Objectives of the program include:

  • Ability to demonstrate a professional counselor identity
  • An understanding of the basic components of counseling
  • Adherence to professional ethical standards
  • Knowledge of the importance of the practice of advocacy
  • Understanding of effective counseling and clinical skills while dealing with diverse populations

Courses specific to this concentration include:

  • Introduction to Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
  • Strategies in Family Counseling
  • Counseling Couples
  • Family Counseling with Children and Adolescents

Students must also complete a practicum and internships in order to complete the program. Upon completion, students are eligible for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Master of Science, Counseling – School Counseling

Students who enter the Master of Science in Counseling program at the university can concentrate their studies in School Counseling. This program prepares students for positions working with students and parents in a school setting. Students learn objective through examinations, class rubrics, individual development plans and annual reviews. All students must pass a comprehensive written examination. Courses specific to this concentration include:

  • Responsive Services in Schools
  • Developmental School Counseling
  • Consultation in School Settings
  • Family Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • All students must also successfully complete a practicum and internships in order to obtain the degree.

Doctoral Program in Counselor Education

The Counselor Education Doctoral Program meets the current needs in counseling and counselor education with a mission to prepare counselor educators and community leaders for careers regionally, nationally and internationally. Counselor education professors are in high demand, and the program meets that need by creating graduates with research, teaching and supervision skills. The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi was recognized by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision as an Outstanding Counselor Education Program with the awarding of the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award.

Accreditation

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Contact

Master's Program:

Ms. Rachel Perez
Administrative Assistant
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unite 5834
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5834
Telephone: 361-825-3393
Email: Rachel.perez@tamucc.edu
Program Website

Doctorate Program:

Counselor Education Doctoral Program
Robert L. Smith, Ph.D., NCC, CFT
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5834
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5834
Telephone: 361-825-2307
Email: Robert.smith@tamucc.edu
Program Website

Texas State University

In 1899, Texas State University began as the Southwest Texas State Normal School, opening its doors officially in 1903. As the scope of the institution grew over the years, the state changed its name to Southwest Texas State Normal College and to Southwest Texas Teachers College. In 2003, the school became Texas State University. Today, more than 35,000 students choose Texas State for their 96 bachelor's, 86 masters and 12 doctoral degree programs.

College of Education

The mission of the College of Education is to enhance human potential for everyone through community engagement, exceptional teaching and relevant scholarship. The college prepares students for careers in the mental health profession as well as in the educational field.

M.A. in Professional Counseling: Community Counseling

The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling can be earned with a focus in Community Counseling. Although a thesis is optional for the degree, but encouraged. The program places a strong emphasis on experiential learning that is integrated with research-based knowledge. An internship is required as part of the capstone experience. It is a 61-hour program and mets the requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. Students may also specialize their focus toward children or adults.

M.A. in Professional Counseling: Marital, Couple and Family Counseling

Students may choose to focus their Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in Marital, Couple and Family Counseling. This focus provides students with the knowledge and skills to become family counselors in a variety of settings. A thesis is not required, but are encouraged. An internship is also required as part of the degree. It is a 61-hour program and meets the requirement for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas.

M.A. in Professional Counseling – School Counseling

Graduates with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with a focus in school counseling are qualified to become counselors in a school setting. Students may choose not to do a thesis, but it is encouraged as part of the learning process. Students must complete an internship in order to obtain the degree. It is a 55-hour program and it meets all academic requirements for school counseling certification in Texas. Students may choose to focus their concentration on either elementary or secondary school counseling. The program also collaborates with schools in the area to provide on-the-job experience.

Accreditation

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Contact

Michael O'Malley, EdD, Chair
Education 4032
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
Telephone: 512-245-3083
Email: mo20@txstate.edu
Program Website

With mental health issues prevalent in the news today and the growing number of people who are suffering from substance abuse and other social problems, accredited counseling degree programs in Texas are a growing necessity.

Texas Tech University

Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership

Standing proudly on a vast 1,839-acre urban campus as the leading employer for the surrounding town of Lubbock in the medical center for western Texas and eastern New Mexico, Texas Tech University is a major public residential research institution with a large community of more than 26,500 students. As the first institution in Texas to earn the classification for community engagement by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, Texas Tech is ranked as the 161st best college and 88th top public school. Within the 116th best education school, the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers the 166th best online graduate education programs in the entire nation.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

As a 60-credit professional degree option for qualified graduate students who have already achieved a bachelor's degree in a related human service area, the M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide an extensive preparation for individuals who are seeking to work in diverse mental health settings. Along with advanced courses covering topics in group counseling, counseling techniques, dysfunctional behavior, family counseling, addictions, diversity, crisis intervention, and human development, students will be required to complete an internship experience in any approved clinical setting and pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Evaluation (CPCE).

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling

Founded with a focus on family dynamics for application in elementary and school settings, the M.Ed. in School Counseling program is structured to prepare graduates for working with K-12 students to reach their fullest potential. In addition to the required 48 credits, the program consists of 100 practicum hours in preparation for a 600-hour approved internship that provides the opportunity for students to participate in both individual and group counseling in a local Lubbock area clinical setting. While the program does fulfill the academic requirements for initial licensure in Texas, graduates will be required to complete an additional 3,000 clock hours of supervised experience.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

With national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program features a strong emphasis on the advanced studies of counseling techniques, practices, theories, research, and advocacy. As a professional program that requires between 93 and 99 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree, the curriculum has been structured to provide the experiences that are needed to develop solid counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, practitioners, and leaders. Graduates of the program may go on to find high-level leadership positions in a wide variety of educational and clinical mental health settings.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

2500 Broadway Street
Lubbock, TX 79409
(806) 742-1997
nefertiti.beck@ttu.edu
Program Website

Texas Woman's University

Department of Counseling and Development

As the country's largest university primarily for women with a total headcount of more than 15,000 students, Texas Woman's University is a comprehensive public co-educational institution based on a 270-acre urban campus in Denton with satellite locations spread across the metropolitan areas of Dallas and Houston. With a reputation for graduating more new healthcare professionals than any other college in Texas, the Department of Counseling and Development is highly effective at preparing professional counselors for working in schools, universities, community agencies, mental health centers, and private businesses.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Boasting small class sizes that enable students to enjoy more individualized one-on-one attention from full-time experienced family members, the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to lead graduate students through an exciting professional development training that prepares them for pursuing the role of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in clinical settings statewide. Within the 60-credit program, students will learn all of the latest innovative and creative counseling strategies that can be helpful for working with clients across the age spectrum. Furthermore, students will gain hands-on experience at the college's on-site community-based clinic to provide discounted counseling services to Denton's citizens.

Master of Science (M.S.) in School Counseling

Strongly based on incorporating the current break-through counseling techniques of music therapy and play therapy for helping students in elementary and/or secondary schools to overcome their physical, emotional, mental, social, or intellectual learning challenges, the M.S. in School Counseling prepares graduates to receive certification as a Professional School Counselor (K-12) within Texas. Within the 60-credit program, students will enjoy evening and weekend classes that are more flexible for working professionals and other non-traditional returning students. For completion, students must successfully complete an internship in counseling within an approved school setting for 600 hours.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

Stoddard Hall Room 202
P.O. Box 425769
Denton, TX 76204
(940) 898-2202
cope@twu.edu
Program Website

University of Houston – Victoria

School of Education and Human Development

Based on a main urban campus in the regional hub of Victoria within just 30 miles from the shore of the Gulf of Mexico with satellite teaching sites available in Fort Bend, Harris, and Montgomery counties, the University of Houston – Victoria is a comprehensive four-year public institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 4,800 students annually. Since its beginnings in 1973, the School of Education and Human Development has had a rich tradition for preparing students for becoming the next generation of educational and human service leaders.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Community Counseling

Consistently recognized for providing the highest caliber of counselor education in the profession for the local and surrounding communities of Texas, the M.Ed. in Community Counseling program is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills, abilities, techniques, and experiences needed to excel as professional counselors in community-based agency settings or any other mental health centers. After students successfully complete the required 12 credits of core, 33 credits of major coursework, and three credits from electives, graduates have demonstrated the competency in counseling that is needed to satisfy the requirements for licensure in Texas.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling

Ideal for qualified graduate students who have career interests in counseling that will lead to employment in public or private K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities, the M.Ed. in School Counseling program aims to develop the most essential knowledge base that is needed to achieve school counselor certification in concert with earning the advanced degree. In order to ensure that all graduates have the broad understanding of human lifespan development that is needed to provide high-quality guidance programs that meet the needs of all students in elementary and secondary school settings, the curriculum includes the completion of at least 48 semester credits with a culminating 600-hour supervised internship.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

3007 North Ben Wilson Street
Victoria, TX 77901
(281) 275-8831
education@uhv.edu
Program Website

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Graduate School

Since its inception in 1845 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has evolved into one of the state's oldest and most reputable private institutions with a Christ-centered learning community of more than 3,200 students. Strategically located on a scenic 200-acre urban campus in the heart of Belton between the cities of Dallas and San Antonio, UMHB is ranked as the 54th best college in the West by the U.S. News and World Report. The Graduate School is particularly committed to offering small classes on evenings and/or weekends to accommodate working professionals throughout Central Texas in becoming leading experts in their fields.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Within the mission of preparing graduate students with the learning experiences that are needed to excel in today's job market as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is fully accredited through the CACREP to provide the instruction for producing graduates who are able to work collaboratively with solid counseling strategies. Available for students of diverse educational backgrounds and cultural experiences, the program seeks to develop master's level clinicians who are involved in all aspects of the mental health and/or education fields. In order to obtain the degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or higher.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

900 College Street
Belton, TX 76513
(254) 295-5018
mgarrett@umhb.edu
Program Website

University of North Texas

Department of Counseling and Higher Education

First established in 1890 when it opened its doors as the Texas Normal College and Teachers' Training and Institute, the University of North Texas has grown into a major public research institution of more than 36,000 students in the heart of one of the nation's most dynamic regions in northern Texas. Not only is UNT regarded as one of the most diverse universities in the nation, but it has also been ranked as one of America's "100 Best College Buys" for the past 17 consecutive years by the prestigious Princeton Review. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the Department of Counseling and Higher Education is within the country's 126th best graduate education school.

Master of Education or Master of Science (M.Ed./M.S.) in School Counseling

Regardless of whether students choose to pursue the Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Science (M.S.) track, the School Counseling program has been designed to prepare qualified graduates for providing guidance counseling services within elementary or secondary school settings. Along with a minimum of 48 semester hours, students will be required to complete a 600-hour internship experience rather than the traditional Master's thesis. After completing extensive coursework in program development, career counseling, counseling skills, play therapy, group counseling, appraisal, developmental processes, and educational evaluation, students will meet the initial requirements for certification as a school counselor within Texas.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

As a 60-hour track that only leads to the obtainment of a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has been established to prepare graduates for counseling in mental health centers, including private practices, community-based counseling agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, child protective services, family counseling centers, pastoral counseling settings, and businesses. In addition to a culminating supervised field internship experience, students should expect to take courses in leadership systems, biopsychosocial assessment, advanced counseling theories, group counseling procedures, developmental processes, crisis intervention, and drug addictions.

Ph.D. in Counseling

Strongly rooted with a distinctive emphasis on preparing professional counselor educators who will be able to work effectively at the university level with students pursuing their master's degree in counseling, the Ph.D. in Counseling program delivers the required advanced knowledge base that is needed to succeed in the roles of counselor educator, counselor supervisor, and counseling practice director. While the program combines both theoretical and experiential learning for a minimum of 75 hours for completion, all students are given the freedom to choose their curriculum with significant flexibility for developing expertise in a concentrated area.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

1300 West Highland Street
Denton, TX 76203
(940) 565-2235
coe-info@unt.edu
Program Website

University of Texas at San Antonio

Department of Counseling

Situated on a 725-acre suburban campus at the foot of the Texas Hill Country within a close distance from the cultural and business districts of downtown, the University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the state's fastest-growing comprehensive public research institutions with more than 30,000 students from across the nation. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the Department of Counseling is placed within the 143rd best graduate education school in the country with top-notch accredited counseling degree programs in Texas.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Community Counseling

With the mission of developing competent professional counselors for enriching the lives of all citizens in southern Texas, the M.A. in Community Counseling program has placed an extreme importance on training graduate students with the knowledge, skills, values, and practices needed to succeed in today's diverse multicultural society. Within a developmental framework, the program aims to develop knowledge of general principles of community intervention, education, outreach, consultation, diagnosis, biopsychosocial assessment, and counseling services. For students who have taken adequate prerequisite coursework in education, psychology, and sociology during undergraduate studies, the program requires the completion of 48 credits with a thesis or non-thesis option.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling

Since the degree has been fully accredited through the CACREP, the M.A. in School Counseling program has been approved for including all of the educational requirements that are needed to earn intern state licensure and/or certification to practice in school settings in Texas. Requiring the completion of a school counseling internship and a Master's thesis, the curriculum consists of a total of at least 48 semester credits. For admissions into the program, students must have held a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate studies and have appropriate coursework preparation or practical experience in education.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Designed to prepare graduate students for serving as professional leaders in the rewarding counseling profession with advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program places a strong emphasis on multicultural competencies for practice in the region's diverse society. Within the 67-credit program, students will obtain valuable opportunities for research, scholarly writing, co-teaching experiences, and clinical supervision with practicum students. In order to be accepted into the program, individuals are required to have already achieved a master's degree in counseling or a closely related mental health field.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

501 West Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-4370
Thelma.Duffey@utsa.edu
Program Website

University of Texas – Brownsville

Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Home to a large community of over 15,000 students on its 496-acre urban campus in the metropolitan area of Brownsville within close proximity to the state's border with Mexico, the University of Texas – Brownsville is a comprehensive four-year public institution with a reputation for generating a multicultural educational environment. In particular, the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies is dedicated to preparing well-equipped leaders for providing educational and/or human services to diverse multicultural communities.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Community Counseling

Intended to train qualified graduate students for direct entry into and/or career advancement in counseling-related positions in public or private community-based agencies, the M.Ed. in Community Counseling program features extensive didactic coursework, skills development activities, and supervised practical internship experiences for a grand total of 54 credit hours. Upon completion of the program's requirements, students will have the credentials needed to practice as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in Texas within mental health centers, marriage and family counseling services, drug abuse treatment programs, hospitals, clinics, and private practices.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling

Specifically designed to promote the development as well as the application of the counseling skills that are applicable to K-12 elementary and secondary school settings throughout Texas, the M.Ed. in School Counseling program has a significant emphasis on providing a better understanding of career development, personal growth, ethical behavior, professionalism, and psycho-educational assessment for school guidance counseling. After completing the 600-hour internship experience, students will be required to create a professional portfolio to provide evidence of their mastery of state and local professional counseling standards.

Accreditations

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Contact Information

1 West University Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-7678
EPLS@utb.edu
Program Website

Earning a counseling degree in preparation for becoming a licensed professional counselor in Texas can provide you with much more than a regular paycheck for a satisfying salary. While the role can be challenging at times, counselors have the unique opportunity to help others improve their lives and receive a stronger sense of self-fulfillment in watching others make significant progresses. If you have received the calling to assist children, adolescents, adults, or families for overcoming their struggles, it is highly recommended that you check out these accredited counseling degree programs in Texas to find the perfect program match for you.