Dr. Robert C. Barnes, 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.
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.
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 and degree required intership of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the national board requirements providing portability of licensure credentials, and the requirements involved in seeking future accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
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.
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 the Program Director's endorsement, which will be based upon evaluation of the following criteria:
There are no specified courses; however, the program director evaluates each applicant's academic background and may recommend specific courses.
A personal interview with the Program Director is required of all prospective graduate students in personal interview and a review of previously completed academic work, prespective students may be recommended for admission. Positive recommendation by the program director or designated representative 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 the Program Director in counseling and human development, students who do no 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 by the program director for admission.
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.
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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