M.Ed. in Counseling and Development

The M.Ed. in Counseling and Development has two concentrations. Each concentration uniquely prepares students for careers in the field of counseling.

Professional Counselor

The Professional Counselor concentration integrates throughout the program a systems perspective (e.g., family, school, work, spiritual, etc.) for work with children, adolescents, families, and integrated care with community school partnerships. This concentration requires co-enrollment in additional coursework to meet the 60-hour requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and many other states. Similar to the School Counseling Program, this program requires one 5-week hybrid (online and face-to-face) course that requires candidates to attend a 5-day Residency.

The Professional Counselor program prepares candidates for multiple credentials with a focus on child and family issues.  The coursework aligns with national and state credentials for:

It is important to note that the Professional Counseling program is a 48-hour program and is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  The CACREP accreditation is not a requirement in the state of Texas or for the above referenced credentials (NCC and CCMHC). The counseling programs are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Out-of-state students should check their respective states for the requirements relating to CACREP. 

Careers Relating to Professional Counseling

Professional Counselors are trained to work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups to address preventive measure in mental health with respect to relational, behavioral, and /or social/emotional problems. Click here to learn more about the profession, occupational outlook, and median salary.

Professional School Counselor 

The Professional School Counselor concentration provides the coursework for a career and certification as a Professional School Counselor. The concentration places a major emphasis on Coordinated School Health Model in Texas and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model for school counseling inclusive of mental health promotion and positive youth development, early mental health intervention and development, substance abuse prevention and intervention, and suicide prevention in the school setting. The coursework aligns with national and state credentials for Texas Education Agency.

Coursework includes high-impact educational practices such as

  • Faculty mentorship for professional leadership and research opportunities
  • Community-based learning through advocacy in the school and community
  • Early internship experiences for a strong professional identity
  • Integrated technology skills through e-portfolios and video-conferencing
  • Learning communities focused on equity, access and advocacy for closing student gaps in schools

The Online School Counseling Program coursework is offered in an accelerated 5-week online course format, affording you flexibility in hours and balance for work and family time. A requirement of the Online School Counseling Program is a face-to-face Residency course on the LU campus whereby you will directly interact with faculty for developing counseling skills through experiential learning.

You must have 2 years’ teaching experience as a certified educator in the K-12 setting and be employed at a state-approved site. Aligned with these criteria is the field experience work that applies course content as a leader for impacting their campuses and the K-12 learners you serve.

Careers Relating to School Counseling

School Counselors are highly-prepared educators who are trained in mental health who work in a K-12 public and private school settings to help students with academic achievement, personal and social development, career/college readiness and planning. Click here to learn more about the profession, occupational outlook, and median salary.