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Counseling and Human Development

Dr. Robert 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 public and private schools, two-year and four-year colleges and universities, community

mental health agencies, drug rehabilitation facilities, related human service settings, and private

practice. The program is committed to the enhancement of human development and psychological

health across the life span, and 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, 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.

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 48 graduate semester hour

master’s degree program, qualify for a temporary license, achieve an acceptable score on the Texas

Jurisprudence Examination and 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 academic content areas and practicum requirements of the

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

To fulfill future state and national board requirements for licensure, as well as seeking future

accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational

Programs (CACREP), the Department is transitioning from the current 48 graduate semester

hour requirement to the near-future 60 graduate semester hour requirement.

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 the

program director’s endorsement, which will be based upon evaluation of the following criteria:


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.


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.




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.