The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology offers programs leading to the Master of Science degree in Counseling and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education. Programs in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology are accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 1001 North Fairfax Street Suite 210 Alexandria, VA 22314.
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, devoted to excellence in instruction, research, and service, prepares counselors representing diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve the educational and mental health needs in the global community. Students, from the South Texas region and beyond, are trained in core counseling courses to successfully work in school, community, and mental health settings. Graduates demonstrate a comprehensive in-depth knowledge base in counseling and the clinical skills that are necessary to be effective counselors. The Ph.D. program prepares future professors, scholars, and leaders in counseling and counselor education.
The Master of Science in Counseling offers training in four major areas:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 semester hours)
Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (60 semester hours)
School Counseling (60 semester hours)
Addictions Counseling (60 semester hours)
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, Couple and Family Therapist (LMFT) educational requirements. Each students’ personal and professional development is periodically reviewed by faculty. Students who fail to demonstrate basic knowledge, personal skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and/or counseling skills will be asked to seek remediation or may be dismissed from the program.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Develop a theoretical and psychological base of counseling.
- Demonstrate individual and group counseling skills.
- Demonstrate research, measurement, and evaluation expertise.
- Demonstrate personal growth and professional development.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cultural differences.
- Demonstrate understanding of advocacy and social justice
Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Counseling if they meet COE graduate admission requirements as specified in the COE’s Graduate Policies and Regulations section of this catalog.
The CNEP Department admits students three times per year. The above minimum criteria, along with the following factors, are reviewed by the CNEP Department faculty selection committee in determining admissions.
- Undergraduate performance – GPA (3.0 in last 60 hours)
- Graduate level work with a B grade or higher
- Quality and relevancy of recommendations
- Counseling-related work experiences
- Personal interview information, when available
- Written personal/professional goal statement including one’s career plans, and a statement indicating one’s ability to work individually and in groups with diverse populations.
Students who do not meet the requirements for full admission into the department may be admitted on conditional status and take courses approved by the faculty. Required courses include EDFN 5301 (Introduction to Research), CNEP 5304 (Introduction to Counseling), and CNEP 5306 (Career Counseling). Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 on the courses taken in order to proceed to full admission.
Students pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Counseling must maintain the following standards:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Only two courses with a grade of C can be applied to the degree.
- No course with a grade below C will be applied toward the degree.
- No grade below B in Practicum will be applied toward the degree.
- Students may not proceed to practicum or internship unless they meet the standards in 1-3 above.
- All requirements, including coursework at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi and transfer credit coursework, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in coursework.
Fitness to Practice
In addition to meeting or exceeding academic standards, students pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Counseling must meet fitness to practice standards that are assessed by faculty throughout the program. These standards include demonstration of emotional and mental fitness in their interaction with others as well as conformance with codes of professional counseling associations and of the State of Texas.
Students who fail to demonstrate fitness or conformance to appropriate codes may be asked to enter into a remediation plan in order to remain in the program. If a remediation plan is developed, students must demonstrate satisfactory remediation prior to being allowed to proceed toward graduation. Specific information concerning fitness to practice and codes to which students are expected to conform may be found in the Departmental Student Handbook.
Students in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Master of Science Program will, in some coursework, be expected to participate in experiential learning that will involve some degree of self exploration and self reflection. While faculty will make ethical and responsible efforts to ensure the well-being of students, it is recognized that growth involves a certain amount of discomfort. Students who have concerns about participating in such activities may wish to speak with a departmental advisor prior to entering the program. Personal counseling is encouraged.