Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling Program meets the academic coursework requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or both. For licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners as a Professional Counselor, one must successfully complete the prescribed course-work, satisfy the State Board’s experience requirement of 3000 supervised work hours post-masters and pass the licensing examination. For more information on the LPC, contact the Counseling Program office (512-428-1354) or the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (512-834-6658). Upon completing any of the Counseling specialization degree plan, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical foundations of counseling, describe their own professional style and approach and integrate theory and style into practice;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applied ethical standards and the ability to practice counseling using ethical and moral principles;
  • Demonstrate the skills required for effective client evaluation and assess-ment, treatment planning, implementation of appropriate counseling strate-gies and techniques and appropriate follow-up methods;
  • Understand the characteristics of various ethnic groups and the impact these characteristics have upon the counselor and counseling profession; demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which behavior, attitudes and values, both their own and those of others, impact professional counseling relationships;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, analyze, critique and report research data, studies and abstracts;
  • Meet the academic requirements to apply for a temporary license from the licensing board for which they studied (LPC, LMFT, or both)

For more information about the Licensed Professional Counselor license and the Licensed marriage and Family licensure, please call 512-834-6657 or go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/default.shtm

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View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Master of Arts in Counseling.