Counseling and Guidance

Message from the Coordinator
Dr. Karen Furgerson

Dr. Karen Furgerson

Welcome to the M.S. Degree in Counseling and Guidance.  Advising and Questions about the Counseling and Guidance Program can be directed to me at:

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

Our 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 48 hour degree and the NBCC exam).  All of the professors in the program have LPC licenses and three are LPC supervisors.  The program offers a number of online and hybrid courses, as well as traditional, face-to-face courses.

Degree Plan

Click here for a PDF file of the 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) 

A graduate research project must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Office for a grade to be assigned, otherwise IP notations are recorded. This course is specifically designed for Plan II and Plan III students. Prerequisite: EDCG 5329.

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) 

Introduction to the principles, practices and philosophy of the field of Counseling and Guidance, and an exploration of the various work settings where counselors are found. This is 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)

Study 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. All personality theories have counseling implications and this is an exploration of those counseling theories.

5312. Counseling Techniques. 3(3-0)

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)

Introduction to, and an exploration of, professional ethics in the counseling profession. Learning to deal with the professional and ethical issues that most affect the practice of counseling and related professions. A number of view points will be presented to stimulate discussion, exploration and reflection.

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

Study of problems in designated areas approved by the university. May be repeated when the topic changes.

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

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)

Exploration of the nature of chemical dependency/addiction including alcohol and other legal and illegal substances. Also explored are related phenomena which produces and/or results in obsessive and compulsive behaviors. Implications for education, prevention, treatment and recovery will be explored. Attendance at several meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs are a part of this course.

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

Designed to provide the student with an understanding of group dynamics, theories and techniques.

5324. Assessment. 3(3-0)

Statistics, group and individual tests, standardized tests and teacher-made tests.

5329. Educational Research. 3(3-0)

Use of resources, techniques and basic skills.

5330. Student Personnel Services in Higher Education. 3(3-0)

Introduction to and exploration of the student personnel worker and the student personnel administrator in higher education. An overview of the historical development of the student personnel worker/administrator in the American college/university. The various duties and functions of the modern student services worker is surveyed. The development of American higher education and many current issues being played out in the nation's colleges and universities are analyzed.

5336. Advanced Child Growth and Development. 3(3-0)

Application of concepts of growth, behavior and learning in child development.

5337. Advanced Adolescent Growth and Development. 3(3-0)

Application of concepts of behavior, development and learning of adolescents and youth.

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

Major problems of educational and vocational guidance covering selection, orientation, personnel, training programs, placement and re-education. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of advanced education. May be repeated when the topic changes.

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

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)

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)

Theories and techniques of developing, classifying, analyzing and disseminating vocational and career information.

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

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. Elementary Guidance and Counseling Techniques. 3(3-0)

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

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the program, students must have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 2.0 GPA in undergraduate work
    • Students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.59 in their undergraduate work, must have 1000 or higher on the GRE (V+Q), or 398 or higher on MAT
    • Students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.6-2.99 in their undergraduate work, and less than 1000 on the GRE (V+Q), or less than 398 on MAT, may be admitted with probationary status
    • Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in their undergraduate work, must have 800 or higher on the GRE (V+Q), or 388 or higher on MAT

Current Students

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This page was last updated on: December 18, 2015