• Counseling & Human Development

    Dr. Scott Brown, Program Director

    The HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development offers a professionally oriented degree program which prepares individuals for counselor positions in a variety of settings, including addictions rehabilitation facilities, community mental health agencies, related human service settings, private practice, public and private schools, and two-year or four-year colleges and universities. The program is committed to the enhancement of human development and emotional health across the lifespan. The program is also committed to promoting optimal potential in all individuals in order to facilitate their maximum participation in, and contribution to, a better society. With an emphasis on therapeutic counseling, the program encourages holistic, theoretical, and pragmatic, and innovative intervention approaches. The program is dedicated to the preparation of professional counselors who are sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities by promoting the dignity, worth, potential, and well-being of all people.

    COHD Mission Statement

    The mission of the graduate program in Counseling and Human Development is to achieve excellence in preparing students representing diverse backgrounds to serve as professional counselors in addictions rehabilitation facilities, school, and other settings as cited above. This holistic approach to counselor education is additionally enlightened by faith which challenges individuals intellectually in our cullturally diverse, contemporary world.

    Licensure as a Professional Counselor

    Texas provides for licensing of professional counselors. Individuals who want to qualify as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) must complete an appropriate 60 graduate semester hour master's degree program, achieve an acceptable score on the Texas Jurisprudence Examination, the National Counselor Examination (NCE), and complete a required post-master's degree supervised internship. HSU's MEd degree in Counseling and Human Development is designed to meet the quired academic content areas as well as the practicum of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the national board requirements providing portability of licensure credentials.

    Certificate Program For School Counselors

    In addition to completing the MEd degree in counseling and human development, candidates for professional counselor certification by the State Board for Educator Certification must fulfill the following requirements: (1) hold a valid teacher's certificate, (2) complete two years of teaching experience, and (3) achieve a passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES). For more information about counselor certification, contact the chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development or HSU's teacher certification officer.

    Admission Criteria

    Applicants to the MEd program in counseling and human development must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Admission to the program requires endorsement, which will be based upon evaluation of the following criteria:

    1. Prior academic achievement, which will be evaluated with consideration given to (a) overall GPA, (b) overall upper-level GPA, (c) previous graduate course work, if any, (d) dates of completion of previous academic work, and (e) related professional experience.
    2. A written statement of purpose concerning the applicant's reason for applying and how the completion of the program will serve the applicant's career goals.
    3. Vita/Resume
    4. Three recommendations, at least one of which speaks to the applicant's academic potential and one which speaks to the applicant's potential to succeed in the profession of counseling and psychotherapy.
    5. An interview


    There are no specified courses; however, after evaluating each applicant's academic background courses may be recommended.

    Departmental Endorsement

    A personal interview is required of all prospective graduate students. After a personal interview and a review of previously completed academic work, prospective students may be recommended for admission. Positive recommendation is required for admission. Official notification of admission (or denial of admission) will be communicated by the Office of Graduate Studies.

    Upon approval, and recommendation of students who do not meet any of the criteria lists may take additional upper-division semester-hours of course work in the behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice, and education-- also known as interdisciplinary studies). These semester-hours must be determined and approved by the program director in counseling and human development. A minimum GPA of 3.00 must be earned in these semester-hours of leveling work. Subsequent to successful completion of the required leveling work, students may be considered for recommendation.


    • COHD 6305 Introduction to Research Techniques
    • COHD 6310 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities
    • COHD 6315 Child and Adolescent Development
    • COHD 6320 Psychological Aspects of Gerontology
    • COHD 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology
    • COHD 6330 Psychology of Mental Health
    • COHD 6333 Forensic Psychology in Addictions Counseling
    • COHD 6335 Professional Counseling I
    • COHD 6340 Professional Counseling II
    • COHD 6343 Professional Counseling III
    • COHD 6345 Group Counseling
    • COHD 6350 Cross-Cultural Counseling I
    • COHD 6353 Counseling with Couples and Families
    • COHD 6355 Substance Abuse Counseling
    • COHD 6357 Advanced Addictions Counseling
    • COHD 6358 Neuroscience in Addictions Counseling
    • COHD 6360 Career Counseling
    • COHD 6365 Assessment in Professional Counseling I
    • COHD 6370 Assessment in Professional Counseling II
    • COHD 6375 Practicum in Counseling II
    • COHD 6376 Internship in Counseling

    Comprehensive Exam

    All students must take a comprehensive examination during the last semester of graduate work. This exam is administered and content determined by the comprehensive exam committee appointed by the program director and approved by the dean of graduate studies.

    Graduation Requirements

    Successful completion of the 60 graduate semester hour academic and practicum requirements, followed by the successful completion of the comprehensive examination, fulfills the graduation requirements for the Master of Education degree in Counseling and Human Development.

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