Student Development and Academic Performance

Obtaining a master’s degree in School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling includes examination of personal beliefs, values, experiences, and personal wellness. Throughout the program, you'll review these factors alongside academic performance factors as part of personal disposition, and you will revisit them as you create the roadmap for your professional development.

Online Skills for Success

The Lamar Counseling Programs are offered in a traditional and online format. To be successful in an online program, candidates should understand the skills, tools, and dedication for self-directed learning.

The following checklist provides some areas to consider for being a successful online learner:

  • I have access to a computer/Internet/technology
  • I am not intimidated by using technology for learning
  • I am comfortable using basic computer software programs (e.g., Word, Excel)
  • I am a good time manager, can meet deadlines, and keep track of assignments
  • I am an independent learner
  • I am self-disciplined
  • I can express my ideas, comments, questions, and emotions in writing
  • I am generally flexible and can adjust to changing schedules
  • I have some time available to go to campus when required (i.e. Residency Course)
  • I am a self-starter
  • I easily understand what I read
  • I am goal-directed and often achieve my goals
  • I am realistic and confident about my academic ability
  • I am persistent and obstacles do not stop me
  • I believe in taking responsibility for my own learning
  • I am open to trying something new
  • I am open to working in an unstructured setting
  • I enjoy working in teams and take initiative in collaboration
  • I am comfortable exploring online databases and can differentiate a credible source

Student Development and Academic Performance Committee (SDAPC)

The Lamar University policy for graduate performance includes academic success at a 3.0 or above GPA. If at any time your GPA falls below a 3.0 or shows a disposition referral by faculty, you will be placed on probationary status. If your GPA and/or disposition is below standard for more than one semester, you will be placed on suspension and must reapply to the program.

The Student Development and Academic Performance Committee (SDAPC) is committed to creating a climate that facilitates the department’s objective to prepare you to become highly skilled, culturally competent, ethical professionals who enhance human development in a dynamic, global community. This commitment is reflected by ongoing review of candidates and coursework important to student success. In addition, the committee reviews cases that were referred by faculty members who have student concerns about progression in the program.

Broadly, the SDAPC guide the process to:

  • review student GPA for compliance to 3.0 minimum standards;
  • make reports related to students failing to meet minimum skill requirements;
  • address any issue related to failure to be successful in meeting program standards;
  • notify referred students of their status in the program who fall below posted GPA; requirements or receives an F, D, or I, grade;
  • develop appropriate behavior plans for remediation;
  • and address professional behavior or dispositional concerns.

For more questions about grade changes, academic expectations, the Disability Resource Center, and Student Policy Handbook, See

Program Standards and Responsibilities

Faculty of the College of Education and Development adhere to Texas Educator Code of Ethics and the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics as a guide for professional development. Specifically, the ethical code puts forth in Section F.9.b that faculty assist students in securing remedial assistance when needed; seek professional consultation and document decisions to dismiss or refer students for assistance; and ensure that students have recourse in a timely manner to address decisions to require them to seek assistance or to dismiss them and provide students with due process according to the institutional policies and procedures. Candidates should also familiarize themselves with all aspects of the ACA Code of Ethics for their own understanding the profession as a whole.