M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/graduate/mental-health-counseling.html

OVERVIEW

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a 60 semester hour program, prepares professional counselors to work in community agencies, educational settings, as well as private practice. Our faculty are committed to graduating students who have exemplary theory-based knowledge and skills in counseling and who have demonstrated aptitude in providing counseling and mental health services to people from diverse backgrounds.

Our master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Texas.   

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in CACREP’s eight core areas of curricular experience.
  • Practice foundational counseling techniques and micro-skills.
  • Apply ethical standards and engage in ethical counseling in professional practice.
  • Counsel diverse populations.
  • Maintain a professional identity, as well as professionalism and fitness to practice as a professional counselor.
  • Conduct research and statistical analysis.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Successful admission to graduate school.
  • Completed Counseling and Psychology Department application.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submission of GRE test scores.  This requirement is waived only for applicants who have already earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: While specific experience is not required, previous related work experience may make the applicant more competitive.
  • Timely submission of admission materials.

Students will be admitted to the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling with School Counselor Certification Preparation program by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Graduate School admission
  • Admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or in last 60 hours to include semester where 60th hour occurred.
  • Completed School Counselor application with essay.
  • Valid Teacher Certificate.
  • Two years creditable service as a teacher of record or one year creditable service with letter indicating continuing employment at a TEA approved site.
  • Interview.
  • Letter of Intent to pursue certification.

Master of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Requirements

COUN 5302Intro to Research3
COUN 5304Human Development3
COUN 5307Abnormal Behavior3
COUN 5311Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 5350Foundations of Counseling3
COUN 5351Career Counseling and Guidance3
COUN 5353Theories of Counseling3
COUN 5354Group Procedure for Counselors3
COUN 5356Introduction to Family Counseling3
COUN 5357Methods and Practices in Counseling3
COUN 5358Counseling Perspective on Psychopathology3
COUN 5363Addictions Counseling3
COUN 5365Ethical Foundation of Counseling3
COUN 5381Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals3
COUN 5386Clinical Mental Health Internship (1)3
COUN 5386Clinical Mental Health Internship (2)3
Graduate-level elective9
COUN 5393Clinical Mental Health Practicum3
Total Credit Hours60

Master of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling with School Counseling Certification Preparation Requirements

COUN 5302Intro to Research3
COUN 5304Human Development3
COUN 5307Abnormal Behavior3
COUN 5311Multicultural Counseling 13
COUN 5350Foundations of Counseling3
COUN 5351Career Counseling and Guidance 13
COUN 5352Foundations of Professional School Counseling 13
COUN 5353Theories of Counseling 13
COUN 5354Group Procedure for Counselors3
COUN 5356Introduction to Family Counseling3
COUN 5357Methods and Practices in Counseling 13
COUN 5358Counseling Perspective on Psychopathology3
COUN 5363Addictions Counseling3
COUN 5365Ethical Foundation of Counseling3
COUN 5381Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals3
COUN 5386Clinical Mental Health Internship 1,23
COUN 5386Clinical Mental Health Internship 1,23
Graduate-level elective6
COUN 5393Clinical Mental Health Practicum3
Total Credit Hours60