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Masters of Arts in Counseling

College of Education

The Counseling Program is located within the College of Education and in the Mesa Building on the UTPB campus. We offer a Master of Education degree in Counseling, which provides coursework leading to state-level counseling licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor) or certification as a Professional School Counselor. The focus of this manual is on the needs and requirements of students fulfilling a Master’s degree in Counseling.

 

Program Mission   

The mission of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Counseling Program is to prepare competent professional counselors and counselor educators who demonstrate the counseling knowledge, skills, disposition, and identity necessary to serve and to support a culturally diverse society.

 

Community Counseling

Graduates of the UTPB counseling program will acquire knowledge in the areas of ethical, legal and professional issues in counseling, as well as social and cultural foundations, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, appraisal (tests and measurements), and research and program evaluation. Graduates will also obtain a strong understanding of diversity issues and be able to address the needs of a progressively growing diverse population.

 

Community Counseling Objectives

Students completing the program with a specialization is community counseling will demonstrate knowledge of:  

  • The roles, functions, credentialing, and professional identity of community counselors;
  • Policies, laws, legislation, and other issues relevant to community counselors in a culturally diverse society;
  • Roles of the counselor in various community settings; legal dimensions of those settings; and general principles of community intervention, consultation, education and outreach;
  • Principles for assessment, diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools, and case conceptualization in a culturally diverse society;
  • Program development and delivery to diverse populations, including prevention, support groups, parent education, career/occupational information and counseling, and self-help;
  • Effective strategies for promoting client understanding of and access to community resources, and modalities for initiating, maintaining, and terminating counseling services.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling must earn a minimum of 48 semester credit hours.  Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in all courses. A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average will be required for graduation.  Students who obtain more than two grades of “C” will be placed on academic probation and may be required to complete appropriate remedial work.  Students beginning or ending their program in 2017 will be required to earn a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.

 

Community Course Requirements

 

Core Requirements

EDUC 6302 Cultural Diversity in America

EDUC 6303 Human Growth and Development

EDUC 6305 Research Design in Education/Social Sciences

 

Common Coursework in Counseling

EDCO 6377 Foundations of Counseling

EDCO 6378 Career Counseling and Career Development

EDCO 6379 Appraisal Techniques

EDCO 6380 Group Dynamics

 

Advanced/Specialization Courses

EDCO 6381 Micro Counseling

EDCO 6383 Counseling Children and Adolescents

EDCO 6384 Counseling Theory & Practice

EDCO 6385 Advanced Counseling Techniques or PSYC Behavior Therapy

EDCO 6387 Family Education and Counseling

PSYC 6321 Psychopathology

 

Culminating Experiences (taken in final 18 hours)

EDCO 6392/6393 Practicum/Internship: Community Counseling

EDCO 6392/6393 Practicum/Internship: Community Counseling

EDCO 6395 Seminar: LPC Counseling or PSYC 6324 Ethics and Professional Issues

 

Credentialing

Upon completion of the Master of Art in Counseling, graduates will have met Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors is charged with the creation and implementation of rules and regulations to establish the practice and licensing of professional counseling in Texas. Education and experience required for licensure include:

 

  • A master's or doctoral degree in counseling or a counseling-related field from an accredited college or university.
  • A planned graduate program in counseling or a counseling-related field of at least 48 graduate semester hours. See board rules §681.2. for “counseling related field.”
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining coursework in and demonstrating competency in the following specific areas: normal human growth and development; abnormal human behavior; appraisal or assessment techniques; counseling theories; counseling methods or techniques; research; lifestyle and career development; social, cultural and family issues; and professional orientation.
  • As part of the graduate program, a supervised practicum experience that is primarily counseling in nature. The practicum should be at least 300 clock hours with at least 100 direct client contact hours. Academic credit for the practicum must appear on the applicant's transcript.
  • After completion of the graduate degree and after an applicant has received a temporary LPC license from the Board, the applicant begins the supervised post-graduate counseling experience (internship); 3000 clock hours or 36 months of internship under the supervision of a Board-approved supervisor is required. The 3000 clock hours may not be completed in a time period of less than 18 months; if applying under the 36-month requirement, the candidate must average 20 clock hours per week of practice.
  • The applicant must take and pass the Texas Professional Counselor Licensure Examination. The examination may be taken at any time during which the applicant's temporary license is valid.

For Additional Information:

 

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

Texas Department of State Health Services

1100 West 49th Street

Austin, Texas 78756-3183

Web: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm

Email: lpc@dshs.state.tx.us

Telephone: (512) 834-6658

Fax: (512) 834-6789

School Counseling

Students who complete the school counseling emphasis will meet TEA educational requirements for Professional School Counselor certification

 

School Counseling Objectives

Students completing the program with a specialization in School Counseling will demonstrate:

 

  • Competencies required to work with all students K-12 individually or in groups to address their personal, social, academic, and career concerns.
  • Consultative and coordinating competencies required to work with parents, educators, other professionals, and community stakeholders collaboratively to address the developmental needs of all students.
  • Knowledge of the role and function of the professional school counselor, including competencies necessary to conduct research and use assessment in order to development, implement, and maintain a comprehensive developmental guidance program.
  • Knowledge of Texas Education Agency’s Comprehensive and Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program and the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards for School Counselors.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in School Counseling must earn a minimum of 48 semester credit hours. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in all courses. A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average will be required for graduation.  Students who obtain more than two grades of “C” will be placed on academic probation and may be required to complete appropriate remedial work.

School Counseling Course Requirements

 

Core Requirements

EDUC 6302 Cultural Diversity in America

EDUC 6303 Human Growth and Development

EDUC 6304 Advanced Educational Psychology

EDUC 6305 Research Design in Education/Social Sciences

 

Common Courses               

EDCO 6377 Foundations of Counseling

EDCO 6378 Career Counseling and Career Development

EDCO 6379 Appraisal Techniques

EDCO 6380 Group Dynamics 

 

Advanced/Specialization Courses

EDCO 6381 Micro Counseling

EDCO 6382 Developmental Guidance Programs

EDCO 6383 Counseling Children and Adolescents

EDCO 6385 Advanced Counseling Techniques or PSYC 6305 Behavior Therapy

EDCO 6387 Family Education and Counseling

 

Culminating Experiences (taken in final 18 hours)

EDCO 6392/6393 Practicum/Internship: School Counseling

EDCO 6392/6393 Practicum/Internship: School Counseling

EDCO 6395 Seminar: LPC Counseling or PSYC 6324 Ethics and Professional Issues

School Counselor Credentialing

The program curriculum is designed to align with the Texas School Counselor standards and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) ethical guidelines. This degree fulfills the educational qualifications necessary to meet the course requirements to become Professional School Counselors certified by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

 

The school counseling specialization meets the academic requirements for certification as a Professional School Counselor in Texas. In addition to completing the program, students are required to have the following:

  • 2 school years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school.
  • The applicant must take and pass the TExES examination.

    Even students who have not yet satisfied their two-year teaching requirement are eligible to take the TExES exam (practice and then “real” exams) as soon they begin practicum. All students are strongly encouraged to take the TExES before graduating or shortly thereafter.

  • For certification information to: Guidance Counseling FAQ or http://tea.texas.gov/

Probationary Certification

One-year probationary certificates are available for eligible candidates prior to completion of program.  To qualify, you must meet the following criteria: Must have a position for which the candidate is preparing. Must have advisor approval.

 

One-year extensions are available for candidates who have not completed programs.  No more than two extensions are allowed by the Texas Education Agency.

 

      Additional Certification Resources:

Course Descriptions

A description of the courses needed for a Masters of Arts in Counseling follows:

 

EDCO 6377 Foundations of Counseling

This course provides a theoretical, experiential and applied overview of professional counseling and the counseling process.  It emphasizes legal and ethical professional issues, counseling theories, functions of counselors in different settings, personal reflection, and appropriate self-care. 

 

EDCO 6378 Career Counseling and Career Development

Career Counseling and Development is a writing intensive, self-paced discovery course that has been developed to facilitate active discovery and exploration of information resources pertaining to the major theories of career development and to the philosophical foundations of those theories. 

 

EDCO 6379 Appraisal Techniques

This course focuses on application and interpretation of formal and informal measure of aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality.  The course provides an overview of standard measurement and assessment concepts that apply in both educational and community settings.

 

EDCO 6380 Group Dynamics

Didactic and experiential introduction to the dynamics and theory of group processes and techniques as applied to counseling and psychotherapy in groups.  This course is designed for beginning master’s level counseling and psychology students.

 

EDCO 6381 Micro Counseling

Didactic and experiential introduction to the dynamics and theory of group processes and techniques as applied to counseling and psychotherapy in groups.  This course is designed for beginning master’s level counseling and psychology students.

 

EDCO 6382 Developmental Guidance

The organization and management of a developmental guidance program in the schools. Examines both the ASCA National Model for school counseling as well as the State of Texas Developmental Guidance Plan.

 

EDCO 6383 Counseling Children and Adolescents

This course covers principles and techniques associated with counseling of children and adolescents.  Content includes developmental phases, family considerations, theoretical models, and skills needed to work with children/adolescents, teachers, and families. 

 

EDCO 6384 Counseling Theory & Practice

Counseling Theory and Practice is a discussion intense course that has been developed to facilitate active discovery and exploration of information resources pertaining to the major concepts and practices of currently used systems of psychotherapy, as well as ethical and cultural issues related to counseling practice. This course is intended for graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology, counselor education and the human services and mental health professions.

 

EDCO 6385 Advanced Counseling Techniques

This course provides didactic instruction regarding major theoretical orientations and specific techniques associated with theoretical models.  The course emphasizes modeling and practice of specific techniques.

 

EDCO 6387 Family Education and Counseling

Theories and techniques for delivery of educational and counseling services to parents and families in both school and community settings. This course is designed for graduate students who are working toward a master’s degree in counseling. This course is required of both community and school counseling students. 

 

EDCO 6392 Practicum: Community/School Counseling

This course involves supervised practice in counseling in either a school or community setting.

 

EDCO 6393 Internship: Community/School Counseling

This course involves supervised practice in counseling in either a school or community setting.

 

EDCO 6395 Seminar: LPC Counseling

This course provides and overview of material necessary to achieve success on the American School Counseling Association and State Board of Licensed Counselor examinations.

 

EDUC 6302 Cultural Diversity in America

Cultural Diversity in Education & Social Sciences is a course that provides candidates with the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences both at an individual and institutional basis. Students will develop competencies and pedagogies for the promotion of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. This course is for those candidates in the field of education and the social sciences interested in becoming educators and educational leaders transforming practices towards inclusive social justice environments.

 

EDUC 6303 Human Growth and Development

This course examines human development from conception through death.  Changes in cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development are conceptualized and presented within the framework of major developmental theories.  This course emphasizes application of developmental theory within educational and clinical settings. 

 

EDUC 6304 Advanced Educational Psychology

This course provides a review of theories of behavior, learning and instruction, research on human ontological development, and consideration of applications of such theory and research to classroom practices, including issues related to their measurement and evaluation.

EDUC 6305 Research Design in Education/Social Sciences

This course is designed to acquaint students with how research is conducted in the fields of education and the social sciences. Students will select and evaluate research findings within their specific fields and learn how to plan their own research studies.

 

PSYC 6321 Psychopathology

A survey of the manifestations of abnormal behavior and psychological processes. Detailed analysis of the clinical and experimental literature concerning psychological and psychiatric disorders and their etiology.

 

PSYC 6324 Ethics and Professional Issues

Seminar concerning the field of psychology as it relates to current ethical, social, legal, and medical issues. Emphasis is placed on the role of the psychologist in psychotherapeutic relationships and in applied settings

Program Admission Requirements

In accordance with the policies of the Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Education, students are admitted to the department as follows:

 

Regular Admittance

  • Undergraduate (overall or last 60 credit hours) or postgraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • 3 letters of recommendation (supportive of student). Evidence of honorable discharge following military service may be used in place of one letter of recommend
  • Essay (submitted and reviewed)

Provisional Admittance

  • Undergraduate (overall or last 60 credit hours) or postgraduate GPA of 2.5 or better
  • 3 letters of recommendation (supportive of student). Evidence of honorable discharge following military service may be used in place of one letter of recommend
  • Essay (submitted and reviewed)

Conditional Admittance

  • Overall undergraduate of GPA of 2.00 or better
  • 3 letters of recommend (supportive of student). Evidence of honorable discharge following military service may be used in place of one letter of recommend
  • Essay (submitted and reviewed)
  • Personal interview (telephone or face-to-face
  • Written explanation of extenuating circumstances contributing to low GPA

When evaluating conditional admittance, the department will consider cultural components including, but not limited to, English as a second language, weak academic preparation that can be remediated, student motivation and desire to succeed, evidence of success in career field (e.g. teaching or service awards) and/or ethnic representation within the counseling field.

Additional Information

 

Counseling Program Faculty

María D Avalos, Ph.D., LPC-S     Dr Avalos

Assistant Professor

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

4901 E. University Blvd., MB 3240

Odessa, Texas 79762

432-522-2153

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Dr. Maria D. Avalos is a first-generation college student and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwestern University, a master’s in Education from Texas State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas -Austin.  She has 20 years of teaching experience in K-12, secondary, and post-secondary settings and is licensed professional counselor - supervisor (LPC-S).  Her current research focuses on first year college retention and transition as it relates to first generation and marginalized students. She also studies the professional and personal experiences of educational leaders who are underrepresented in both the public and higher education.    

 

Janet A. Carter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator     Dr. Carter

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

4901 E. University Blvd., MB 3238

Odessa, Texas 79762

432-522-2146

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Janet A. Carter serves as the Program Coordinator in the Counseling Education Department within the College of Education, and teaches school and community counselors.  She obtained graduate degrees in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and from Utah State University, where she received training specific to children, adolescents, and families.  She teaches applied graduate courses including basic and advanced counseling skills, tests and measurements, and practicum and internship.  Her current research interests focus on school climate, student retention and engagement, and professional development in academia.