2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

75 Counseling and Human Development 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, 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, schools, and other settings as cited above. This holistic approach to counselor education is additionally enlightened by faith which challenges individuals intellectually in our culturally 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 required academic content areas as well as the practicum and degree required internship 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 the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 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: 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