Counseling and Guidance

Program Mission (Our program is offered 100% online!)

Our mission is to prepare competent counselors in the areas of clinical mental health counselingschool counseling, and rural mental health to work with culturally diverse populations and to provide graduates with the educational and experiential tools to acquire positions in a wide variety of mental health and school settings. Our mission correlates with the University and Department mission of developing “well-rounded leaders and critical thinkers who can solve problems in an increasingly complex, dynamic, and global society.”

Program Objectives

  1. Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
    Counseling graduate students will demonstrate a strong professional counseling orientation and identity.
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
    Students will demonstrate multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for competency in working with a diverse population.
  3. Human Growth and Development
    Students are able to demonstrate an understanding of development across the lifespan and the impact on normal and abnormal functioning.
  4. Career Development
    Counseling graduate students demonstrate understanding and application of career development theory to help individuals with career planning and decisions.
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships
    Counseling graduate students demonstrate knowledge and skills of theories and techniques necessary to engage in an effective and therapeutic helping relationship.
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work
    Students demonstrate competency in preparing and facilitation of group counseling.
  7. Assessment and Testing
    Students demonstrate the ability to identify effective assessment strategies in order to facilitate treatment planning.
  8. Research and Program Evaluation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as program evaluation to inform evidence-based practice.
  9. Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Foundations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of clinical mental health counseling foundations, including history, theory, and assessment in clinical mental health counseling.
  10. Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Contextual Dimensions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of clinical mental health counseling contextual factors, including credentialing, cultural factors, and record keeping in clinical mental health counseling.
  11. Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Practice
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of clinical mental health counseling practice, including techniques, interventions, and advocacy in clinical mental health counseling.

Introduction to the Counseling Program

Welcome! We are pleased to offer one counseling program with two specialization options, a 60 credit hour degree in clinical mental health counseling, and a 48 credit hour degree in school counseling.

  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).  The Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a CACREP-accredited program that offers 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, or an emphasis in "School Counseling". The 60 semester hour degree would serve the needs to provide graduates with the necessary coursework to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Texas and to promote academic excellence, scholarly research, and equality in professional counseling.
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  • Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance (not CACREP-accredited). This is a 48-hour degree designed for those who seek certification in Texas as a School Counselor or who wish to pursue a non-license track.

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Message from the Program Coordinator

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. More Info Dr. Kristopher Garza

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.