The Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students with culturally sensitive knowledge and skills for the counseling profession to assist children, adults, and families with psychological growth and mental health concerns. Counselors work in community agencies, religious institutions, hospitals, private practice, and schools. The Counseling program provides the educational and clinical requirements necessary for certification, licensure, and actual counseling practice. Students acquire knowledge in the disciplines that underlie counseling including education, psychology, human development, learning, and social change. Students develop the basic skills in counseling and assessment and become familiar with the legal and clinical considerations confronting practitioners. Repeated practice and role playing with feedback and strategic modification are critical to mastery of the skills, as is the completion of a year-long Practicum and Internship experience.
Successful graduates are able to pursue State Licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), or School Counselors. The opportunity to be licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas can be incorporated in an elective concentration.