Counseling and Guidance

Message from the Coordinator
Dr. Karen Furgerson

Dr. Karen Furgerson

Welcome to the graduate program in Counseling and Guidance. We have a dynamic and growing program where students are provided with a fertile environment for growth and development as a counselor and a supportive faculty to help you reach your goals.  Our program has two degree plans for potential counselors:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).   This is a 60-hour degree designed exclusively for those who wish to pursue licensure in Texas as a Professional Counselor. This degree also offers an emphasis in “Rural Mental Health Counseling,” which is the only one in the nation.

  • Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance. This is a 36-hour degree designed for those who seek certification in Texas as a School Counselor or who wish to pursue a non-license track.  

The program has coursework that allows students to prepare to become both Certified School Counselors (with a 36 hour degree, 2 years teaching experience, and the TeXes exam), and Licensed Professional Counselors (with a 60 hour degree and the NBCC exam).  All core faculty within the program have LPC licenses and three are LPC supervisors.  The program offers a number of online and hybrid courses. It is also possible to complete the LPC and School Counselor requirements at the same time.  We have an active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.  The program is in the process of preparing our self-study for CACREP accreditation. 

Dr. Karen Furgerson
Rhode Hall #132
Telephone: 361-593-3015


Our faculty are always available to help you reach your educational goals:

Dr. Karen Furgerson, Coordinator

Office Phone: 361-593-3015
Office Location: Rhode Hall #132

Dr. Kristopher Garza, Advisor (students with last initial A-M)

Office Phone: 361-593-2353
Office Location: Rhode Hall #141

Dr. Ya-Wen Liang, Advisor (students with last initial N-Z)

Office Phone: 361-593-4265
Office Location: Rhode Hall #135

Dr. Steve Bain

Office Phone: 361-593-2430
Office Location: Rhode Hall #100
E-mail: steve/

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the program, students must have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 2.8 GPA in undergraduate work
    • A minimum score on the MAT (388) or GRE (288)
    • Completion of a successful interview

Application may be made through

Office of Student Financial Aid -- / 361-593-3911.

Degree Plan

Click here for a PDF file of the 36 hour Counseling and Guidance Degree Plan.
Click here for a PDF file of the 60 hour Counseling and Guidance Degree Plan.

Course Descriptions

The Counseling Program offers courses leading to certification as a school counselor and/or a master's degree in counseling. Students who complete the required 12 hours beyond the master's degree are eligible to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

5301. Statistical Methods. 3(3-0) 

Methods for the analysis and synthesis of quantitative data. A tool subject for experimental work including finding and interpreting central tendencies, variability and correlation. Important for classroom teachers, administrators, counselors and supervisors.

5305. Graduate Research Project. 3 (3-0) 

This course prepares students to conduct quality research projects for potential scholarly publication. After successful completion of EDCG 5329, the student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret the research data. The final graduate research project must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Office for a grade to be assigned.

5306. Thesis. 3 (3-0) 

This course is for Plan I students. The course requires 6 hours of grades, the first 3 hours consisting of completion of a thesis proposal and the last 3 hours consisting of completion of the thesis. Completion of the thesis proposal is a prerequisite for enrollment in the last 3 hours of thesis.

5310. Professional Development and Ethics. 3(3-0) 

This course is an introduction to the principles, practices, and philosophy of the field of Counseling and Guidance as well as an exploration of the various work settings where counselors are found. It provides an overview of the counseling field and explores historical development as well as professional orientation of counselors and their ethics and responsibilities.

5311. Theories of Counseling. 3(3-0)

This course provides an in-depth review of selected theories of counseling and their implications on selected personality and developmental theories. Various theorists have developed theories to explain and to account for human development and human behavior and this course will provide a historical overview of those theories, their associated techniques, and their applications in counseling settings.

5312. Counseling Techniques. 3(3-0)

This course is designed to combine the study of theory and philosophy of individual counseling with techniques and practices in the field. This is a "hands on" course where the student is taught through practice and observation, the dynamics of providing individual counseling services. Both classroom and laboratory experiences are offered in this course.

5315. Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling. 3(3-0)

This course is an advanced exploration of professional ethics in the counseling profession. Students will analyze the professional and ethical issues that most affect the practice of counseling and related professions. A number of viewpoints will be presented to stimulate discussion, exploration and reflection.

5320. Education Special Problems in Guidance and Counseling. 3(3-0)

This course is an in-depth and specific study of problems in designated areas approved by the university. May be repeated when the topic changes

5321. Abnormal Human Behavior. 3(3-0)

This course is an in-depth look at the varieties of psychopathology, its etiology, classification, and treatment. A look at the history and treatment of mental illness over the years with special attention to the various classification schemes and systems as they have evolved. The emphasis of this course will be to give the student skills to recognize the nature of the abnormal behavior and to determine what services, if any, the counselor might be able to provide. Proper referral services, methods, and procedures will be explored.

5322. Substance Abuse Counseling. 3(3-0)

This course explores the nature of chemical dependency/addiction including alcohol and other legal and illegal substances. Attention will be given to related phenomena that produce and/or result in obsessive and compulsive behaviors as well as implications for education, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

5323. Group Counseling Techniques. 3(3-0)

This course offers an introduction and overview to the practice of group guidance and group counseling.  Specific emphasis is on the major factors influencing the group process, stages of group development, plans for designing a group and getting a group underway.  Part of class time is spent in experiential learning where class members have the opportunity to participate in a group and to demonstrate group procedures. Attention will be given to the history and other aspects of group development, groups throughout the lifespan, and leading groups from various theoretical perspectives

5324. Assessment. 3(3-0)

This course is a core course and meets state and professional licensing requirements. It is designed to increase counseling students’ knowledge of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Attention will be given to the relationship among the principles, procedures, ethics, cultural diversities, evaluations, and interpretations associated with assessments. Students will receive training in the use of both testing and non-testing approaches to assessment and appraisal.

5329. Educational Research. 3(3-0)

This course provides the student with an overview of research methodology. Students will demonstrate ability to describe the research project, collect data, and select an assessment. Students will be expected to complete the IRB approval process and select as assessment with high Validity/Reliability ratings for the research in the field of counseling. This course is a prerequisite for EDCG 5305.

5341. Guidance: Advanced Topics. 3(3-0)

This is a specialized course focusing on problems of educational and vocational guidance including selection, orientation, personnel, training programs, placement and re-education. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of advanced education/counseling courses. May be repeated when the topic changes.

5347. Counseling the Culturally Different. 3(3-0)

This course explores cross-cultural and pluralistic counseling, the dynamics of minority ethnic group lifestyles, and the uniqueness of multiethnic education.

5354. Principles and Practices in Guidance and Counseling. 3(3-0)

This course provides philosophical, sociological and psychological principles and concepts related to guidance and counseling and the helping professions.

5355. Materials and Techniques for Career, Vocational and Occupational Education.  3(3-0)

This course is a core course that meets state and professional licensing degree requirements for LPCs. It focuses on theories and techniques of developing, classifying, analyzing and disseminating vocational and career information. This graduate course prepares students to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills necessary to help individuals develop life-career plans with a focus on the interaction of work and life roles. The curriculum meets the CACREP standards and introduces students to theories and methods of career counseling. It also introduces and familiarizes students with career assessment instruments and provides opportunities for discussions of current issues in the field of career counseling.

5357. Field Practicum for Counselors. 3(3-0)

This course provides supervised practice in the application of counseling strategies and techniques in environmental settings appropriate to the professional interests of the counselor trainee. May be repeated subsequent semester to a total of 9 semester hours. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of graduate work in counseling.

5358. School Counseling and Guidance and Techniques. 3(3-0)

This course is designed to give special attention to the particular personal, social and academic counseling needs of elementary age children.

5360. Community/Rural Mental Health Counseling. 3(3-0)

This is a specialized online course designed to address the unique needs of counseling rural communities and populations. Attention will be given to the uniqueness of rural counseling and communities, ethical considerations, working with existing educational and community entities, multicultural issues and challenges, and the various roles of the rural community counselor.

5362. Professional Counseling Leadership & Advocacy in Rural. 3(3-0)

This is a specialized online course designed to address the challenges of Counseling Leadership and Advocacy within a rural community context. Attention will be given to the changing role of the professional counselor (particularly within the rural settings). Key considerations of multicultural issues, ethical and legal practices, the uniqueness of rural clientele, and contemporary issues for Counseling Leadership and Advocacy will be covered in this course.

5364. Crisis Counseling. 3(3-0)

This course will present crisis counseling approaches and effective techniques. Students will gain knowledge and skills on assessing crisis situations, facilitating crisis interventions, and providing coping strategies to stabilize clients. Critical issues related to disasters, family violence, and trauma will be explored and discussed to enhance students’ knowledge in dealing with crisis intervention.  

5366. Internship I - Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 3(3-0)

This is the first of two courses designed to provide an internship experience to meet certification and licensing requirements. This internship must provide opportunities for direct counseling experiences. Supervision is provided to assist the student in managing cases, improving counseling skills, and dealing with professional issues. 

5368. Internship II - Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 3(3-0)

This is the second of two courses designed to provide an internship experience to meet certification and licensing requirements. This internship must provide opportunities for direct counseling experiences. Supervision is provided to assist the student in managing cases, improving counseling skills, and dealing with professional issues. 

Current Students

Here is the On-Site Supervisor Training Module.

For More Information, Contact: Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
MSC 223, 700 University Blvd., Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
Contact Phone: 361-593-2430 Contact Email:

This page was last updated on: June 16, 2017