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Texas A&M University Corpus Christi - Discover Your Island

Counseling, MS

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology

masters counseling practical experienceThe Master of Science degree in counseling is designed to prepare knowledgeable and skilled professionals to work in a variety of settings including public schools, private practice, community, and other mental health settings. The master's degree offers the following program areas:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • School Counseling

All programs in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology are accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Upon completion of the degree program, students will have met Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements. In addition, students seeking school counseling certification should consult with the school counselor program coordinator and the certification office on campus regarding current state certification requirements. Students who complete the marriage, couple, and family counseling emphasis will also meet Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) educational requirements.

Counseling courses are held in the late afternoon or evening, as many students work part-time or full-time while pursuing their degree.

During the program, students complete practicums and internships at approved settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, private practice, or the departmental Counseling and Training Clinic.

Student learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a professional counselor identity
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of the basic components of counseling
  • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical standards and the practice of advocacy
  • Demonstrate effective counseling/clinical skills with diverse populations

Student learning outcomes are measured through a variety of methods, including the master's-level comprehensive examination, rubrics in classes, students' individual development plans, and systematic annual reviews.

In addition to successful completion of the learning experiences and coursework, all students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination.

Admission Requirements

You must apply and be admitted as a graduate student in the College of Education. See the Graduate Policies and Regulations and the Graduate Admission page.

The Master's in Counseling has additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Visit Course Catalog for a complete list of degree requirements, including required courses, academic standards, fitness to practice standards, and experiential learning for the Master of Science in Counseling.

Program Matrices

Master's in Counseling National Standards Matrices - Counseling Core (pdf)
Master's in Counseling National Standards Matrices - Addictions Counseling (pdf)
Master's in Counseling National Standards Matrices - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (pdf)
Master's in Counseling National Standards Matrices - Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (pdf)
Master's in Counseling National Standards Matrices - School Counseling (pdf)


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