The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology offers programs leading to the Master of Science degrees in Professional Counseling and School Counseling as well as 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 510 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 Professional Counseling (60 semester hours) offers training in three major areas:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
Upon completion of the degree program, students will have met all relevant Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational 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.
The Master of Science in School Counseling (60 semester hours) prepares students to counsel in PK-12 school settings. Upon completion of the degree program, students will have met all relevant educational requirements for Texas Education Agency school counselor certification and Texas professional counseling licensure (LPC). Students seeking school counseling certification should consult with the school counselor program coordinator and the certification office on campus regarding current state certification requirements to ensure eligibility prior to graduation.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a professional counselor identity
- Demonstrate the knowledge of the fundamental components of counseling
- Deomnstrate adherence to professional ethical standards and the practice of advocacy
- Demonstrate effective counseling/clinical skills with diverse populations
Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Counseling if they meet COEHD graduate admission requirements as specified in the COEHD’s Graduate Policies and Regulations section of this catalog.
The above minimum criteria, along with the following factors, are reviewed by the CNEP Department faculty selection committee in determining admissions.
Deadline for Master of Science Student Applications are:
- June 15 - fall semester
- October 15 - spring semester
- February 15 - summer semester
- 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
- Interview Required
- Three letters of recommendation
- 500-700 word written essay, including one’s personal/professional career plans, goals, 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 to proceed to full admission.
Students pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling or School 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 Professional Counseling or School 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 professional counseling associations and State of Texas codes of ethics and standards of practice.
At regular intervals throughout the program, and at any time a faculty member deems it advisable, students will be evaluated on the Professional Issues and Behavior Rating Scale. Students who fail to demonstrate fitness or conformance to appropriate codes may be asked to enter a remediation plan 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 CNEP department’s Master’s Student Handbook.
Students in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Master of Science programs will, in some coursework, be expected to participate in experiential learning that will involve some degree of self-exploration and self-reflection. Some training components will encourage personal growth and self-disclosure as part of the training process. While faculty members will exercise professional judgment and make ethical and responsible efforts to ensure the well-being of students when designing such experiences, they recognize that personal growth, reflective practice, and self-exploration can generate discomfort. Students are encouraged to engage in personal counseling. In addition, students who are unable to make use of reasonable opportunities for personal growth and reflection or who are unwilling to participate in appropriate self-disclosure may be referred for departmental remediation processes. Students who have concerns about participating in such activities may wish to speak with a departmental advisor prior to entering the program.