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Program Coordinator:
Dr. Lamar Muro • • 940-898-2693

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.  Face-to-face courses are only offered on the TWU Denton campus.

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 of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accreditation for both degrees (Community Counseling and School Counseling).
  • 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.

What our current and former students say about this program:

How to apply:

Applying to the Counseling and Development (C&D) program is a two-step process.  Step one requires an application to the TWU Graduate School, while step two requires an “application process” to the TWU Department of Family Sciences C&D program.

1.       APPLY to the TWU Graduate School by going online to  Be sure to specify Texas Woman’s University as the target university, the semester and year you wish to begin taking classes, and Counseling and Development (MS) as the major.

2.       WAIT to receive your letter of acceptance or otherwise notified that you have been accepted.  Once the application fee and all transcripts are received, it can take 4-6 weeks to process your application and receive your letter via U.S. Mail.

3.       CONTACT the Department of Family Sciences to register to attend the next Interview Day event.  Interview Day is the time when the C&D faculty evaluate your candidacy as a major in the C&D program.  It will consist of an opportunity to provide a writing sample, conduct an individual interview with faculty, participate in a mock group counseling session, and allow opportunity to ask questions and network with other applicants.

4.       WAIT for a decision from the C&D program concerning your acceptance.  Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive a decision after the Interview Day event.

5.       ENROLL in classes during early registration to ensure you get what you want.  You should plan to take these courses during your first two semesters:

         FS 5303 Orientation and Ethics
         FS 5313 Counseling Theory and Practice
         FS 5353 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
         FS 5443 Multicultural Counseling

6.       PLAN to attend a mandatory orientation during your first semester in the program.  You will receive information at a later time.

7.       FINANCIAL AID information:  Visit the Financial Aid website.

 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.

Interview Day information will be emailed to applicants shortly after Spring Break.


Degree Plans and Supporting Documentation

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA over last 60 hours of coursework
  • Participation in Interview Day
  • School Counseling Deficiency Plan Certification option requires a prior master's degree (non-degree seeking option)

Degree Plans

Degree Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete necessary degree coursework
  • Complete required clinical hours
  • Successful completion of portfolio requirements (Certificate of Final Examination)

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.

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.

  • TWU Student Travel Guidelines


Visit the links below to access the current Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and Academic Institutional Improvement Report (AIIR) data:

  • CACREP Report for 2014  [PDF]
  • CACREP Addendum for 2014  [PDF] - coming soon
  • AIIR for 2015  [PDF] - coming soon

U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure

Employment Disclosure for School Counseling

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