The graduate programs at Texas A&M-Texarkana focus on practitioner-oriented degrees. Among these programs is Counseling, which equips students to fulfill the academic criteria necessary to qualify for the Licensed Professional Counselor licensing exam.

The Counseling program, leading to a Master of Science degree, comprises 60 credit hours and holds CACREP accreditation in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It's designed as a path toward state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and primarily offers face-to-face classes at our Texarkana, Texas campus. While most courses are conducted in person, a few may utilize internet resources. Our dedicated Counseling faculty prioritizes the preparation of exceptional mental health counselors.

Upon completing the bulk of coursework, students transition into practicum and internship field experiences. Within this phase, students pursuing a Counseling master’s degree engage in 9 semester credit hours of field experiences at approved mental health agencies offering counseling services.

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At Texas A&M University-Texarkana, our program equips aspiring clinical mental health counselors with the necessary skills and expertise to adeptly navigate diverse scenarios within the field. Accredited by CACREP, our curriculum of 60 credit hours merges theoretical learning with hands-on experience. Through three semesters of practicum and internship, students gain invaluable field placements at counseling sites, engaging directly with clients under the mentorship of faculty and field supervisors.  

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Featured Courses

COUN 511 - Introduction to Counseling Services

This course introduces students to the scope and purposes of the counseling profession. Standards of preparation, codes of ethics, professional organizations, and licensure and certification requirements will be studied. The importance of the essential characteristics of effective therapists will be examined. Prerequisite

COUN 517 - Assessment in Counseling

This course integrates theory and practice related to the use of standardized aptitude, achievement, and interest tests. The utilization of appraisal data for educational and vocational advising, placement, and follow up will be covered. Experience will be gained in the administration and interpretation of selected aptitude, achievement, and interest assessments.

COUN 520 - Counseling Diverse Populations

This course focuses on the multicultural issues that may arise within the context of counseling clients. The course is designed to raise students' awareness of their own values and their clients' values, how these values may differ in the areas of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic class, and how these differences may impact the therapeutic relationship.

COUN 528 - Group Procedures in Counseling

This course examines the dynamics of group process and practice with emphasis on theory and techniques of group leadership. A research paper on theory, procedure, or issues in group counseling is required.

COUN 534 - Counseling Children and Adolescents

This course is a didactic and experiential course that prepares students to work with the special needs of children and adolescents. This course will focus on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues of children and adolescents.