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Master of Science in Counseling Program


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Students will acquire the knowledge in the disciplines that underlie counseling - education, human development, learning, psychology, sociology, systems theory and social change. Successful graduates are able to pursue State Licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), or certification as School Counselors.  The opportunity to be licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas can be incorporated in the LPC track as well. The basic skills in therapy and assessment will be developed along with becoming acquainted with the legal and clinical considerations confronting practitioners.


To complete their educational experience, students practice learned skill-sets in supervised counseling sessions with community clients at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development Center for Family Counseling.


The Master of Science in Counseling degree requires the completion of 60 credit hours, written and oral comprehensive exams, and an internship. Classes are delivered over 10-week terms. Weekday, evening, and some weekend formats are available.



Continuing Education for Counseling Professionals

The Counseling Program offers non-academic credit classes for those professionals seeking to maintain their current level(s) of certification. Courses are offered in half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) classes taught by attorneys, licensed social workers and counselors who are leaders and experts in their field. Class topics range from art therapy, courtroom testimony, family issues, hypnotherapy, Texas Law, and ethics.

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