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The Counseling and Development program of the Department of Family Sciences is an exciting and dynamic area that offers professional training and development leading to a Master's Degree in Counseling and Development (MS).  Students may choose to focus on:
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
  • Professional School Counselor program
  • Dual degree in counseling and music therapy

These degrees will prepare students to be eligible to receive:

  • Licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and/or
  • Certification as a professional school counselor (K-12)

Why you should select our program:

  • CACREP (Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs) accreditation for both degrees (community/clinical mental health and school counseling).  See CACREP Report as of Fall 2013.
  • Enjoy the strength of collaborating with students, including many nontraditional/returning students.
  • Enjoy smaller class sizes, with more individualized attention and focus by faculty members.
  • Attend evening and weekend classes to better accommodate working students.
  • Discover a focus on faculty mentoring and advising.
  • Benefit from innovative teaching strategies, including conference-based courses.
  • Focus on innovative and creative counseling strategies, including music therapy and play therapy.
  • Participate in the department’s on-site community-based clinic providing counseling services to the Denton, Texas area at a reduced rate.

Admissions Process

Graduate Admissions Requirements

 N O T I C E
Effective academic year 2015-16 there will only be TWO interview days for admission,
one in the fall and one in the spring.

 Deadline to apply for Spring admission is September 15th.
Interview day is October 16, 2015 for Spring 2016 admission.

 Deadline to apply for Fall admission is April 15th.
Interview day is May 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission.
Interview day is May 6, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission.

What our current and former students say about this program:

Degree Plans and Supporting Documentation

Professional Associations/Organizations

Chi Sigma Iota logon instructions:

1.       Sign in with your username and password.
2.       On your member profile page you will see a “My Profile” textbox on the right-hand side of the screen.
3.       Click on the “Groups” link.
4.       Centered on the “My Groups” page you should see a textbox with the link for Alpha Rho chapter (there should be a yellow star next to it).
5.       Click on the “Alpha Rho” link to get to the Alpha Rho chapter webpage.
6.       On this page you will find various links to information about the Alpha Rho chapter.

Forms and Other Information

  • Counselor License Resources
  • Completing your C&D M.S. Degree Plan [PDF]
  • Below is information for all current C&D students.  Please read it carefully.

    Effective fall 2015, applications will not be required to enroll in clinical courses.  All clinical courses include the pre-practicum, group, practicum, and internship courses.

    The process to enroll in these classes will be simpler.  When registration opens, select the course and section that will fit your schedule and register for it.  CAPS will be set at the CACREP/ASGW approved maximum for the course, and once reached, the course section will be “closed”.  Waitlists will not be allowed.  Should the 1st choice section be filled, you will need to select another section and, if necessary, alter your class schedule.

    Please choose a section based upon a time/day that is right for you. Professors will be assigned to the sections after registration is over and will be at the department chair’s discretion.

    One important aspect of this change is that only students who have met all pre-requisites for a given class will be allowed to stay in the class.  In the event that pre-requisites are needed, each student will be informed and an administrative drop form will be sent to the Registrar’s office, so it is imperative that all pre-requisite courses be completed before enrolling.

    The pre-requisite courses for Pre-practicum and Group, which must be taken concurrently, are:

    FS 5303 Orientation and Ethics

              FS 5313 Counseling Theory and Practice

    FS 5443 Multicultural Counseling

     The pre-requisite courses for Practicum are all of the above and

    FS 5363 Pre-practicum

     The pre-requisite courses for internship are all of the above and

     FS 5364 Practicum

    The number of semesters of internship you will have to take will depend upon your own performance and what is best for you, as determined by your instructors and advisors.

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