M.Ed. in Counseling and Development

On November 5-6, 2020, Lamar University will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Team is soliciting public comment about the quality of Lamar University's School Counselor and Principal Programs. All comments must be submitted by October 8, 2020 through the AAQEP website.

Effective June 1 2018, the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development is a 60-hour degree with two concentrations. Each concentration uniquely prepares students for careers in the field of school, community, or marriage, couple, and family counseling. At the time of application, candidates must select a concentration:

  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling or
  • Professional School Counseling.

Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

The Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling 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 meets the coursework requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Marriage, Couple and Family Therapist in Texas and many other states. This program requires one 5-week hybrid (online and face-to-face) course that requires candidates to attend a 5-day Residency.

In addition, the concentration in MCFC 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 M.Ed. in Counseling and Development 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Out-of-state students should check their respective states for the requirements relating to CACREP.

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Professional School Counselor 

The Professional School Counselor concentration provides coursework to become a Certified School Counselor and a licensed professional counselor in Texas and some other states.  

Candidates opting for this concentration must have:

  • at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience
  • access to complete fieldwork at a TEA approved campus if residing in Texas

Out-of-state students are responsible to research and understand their state requirements for certification requirements before enrolling in the program.

This concentration places a major emphasis on Coordinated School Health Model in Texas and the American School Counseling Association 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. This concentration also provides the coursework requirements for LPC in Texas and other states.

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

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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.

Candidates 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 to become leaders in both the school and in the community.

School Counselor Workforce Opportunities

It is important to us that our candidates are highly prepared with skills and knowledge for the ever-changing workforce. For additional information relating to jobs as a School Counseling in Texas, please see the Texas Workforce Commission website. For specific job opportunities, see the WORKinTEXAS website.

Workforce Supply and Demand for School Counselors in Texas

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