Counseling & Development
Awareness of mental health issues is increasing, and with that comes a growing need for services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects careers in mental health counseling to grow 19 percent through 2024, much faster than average.
Our program offers professional training and development leading to a master’s degree (M.S.) in counseling and development. Graduates of the counseling and development program are eligible to become certified school counselors in the public school system for grades K-12 and licensed professional counselors in the state of Texas. With this credential, many graduates serve as mental health or career counselors in agencies, private practice, colleges or universities or government settings.
Why choose our program?
- CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accreditation for both concentrations (community counseling and school counseling)
- Opportunities to collaborate with students, including many nontraditional/returning students
- Smaller class sizes, with more individualized attention and focus by faculty members
- Evening and weekend classes better accommodate working students’ schedules
- Faculty mentoring and advising
- Innovative and creative counseling strategies, including music therapy and play therapy
- The opportunity to participate in the department’s providing counseling services to the Denton area
Degree Plans and Certification
Our degree programs in community counseling and school counseling are accredited by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
- Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Emphasis in Professional School Counseling*
- Dual degree in Counseling & Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy)
* School counseling applicants must have completed two years of teaching in a public or Texas Education Agency (TEA)-accredited private school.
*School counseling applicants must have completed two years of teaching in a public or Texas Education Agency (TEA)-accredited private school.
Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats. Face-to-face courses are only offered on the Denton campus.
Admission to the Counseling and Development Graduate Programs
Joel H. Muro, Ph.D.
Fall – March 15
Spring – September 15
- Hold an earned bachelor’s degree.
- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate study and a minimum of 3.0 GPA for all prior graduate work.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Participate in an interview day with program faculty. A role play group session and a writing sample are required on the interview day.
Individuals applying for the school counseling "certification" only must have a Master’s degree, a Texas teaching certificate, and two years minimum of classroom teaching experience by the end of the program to be licensed by the state.
Music Therapy MA Requirements for the Dual Degree
Admission to the Master of Music Therapy
Dr. Pamela Youngblood
No deadline, rolling admission
- Bachelor's in Music Therapy
Students with a bachelor's in Music may be granted provisional admittance with the stipulation that a student completes all equivalency coursework and clinical experience that make them eligible for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Meet with the Music Therapy faculty.
- Master’s Equivalency Applicants: Individuals interested in a career in music therapy will meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty. Interested students will engage in an interview and demonstrate music skills with a music therapy faculty member. Students will perform TWO songs, each from a different genre of music. At least one piece of music should be you accompanying yourself vocally with a chosen instrument. Both pieces of music should be non-classical.
- Master of Music Therapy Applicants: Individuals interested in pursuing the advanced degree of MMT will meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty. During this interview, students will share two live and contrasting songs and discuss goals, context, and other relevant rationale surrounding songs. Applicants should come prepared to discuss their career goals, insights about themselves, and music skills using piano/voice and guitar/voice. Music performed should be non-classical and highlight your clinical musicianship.
Additionally, if the applicant wishes to be considered for performance-based scholarships:
- Fill out the TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd and submit online. (Available in late November)
- A letter of recommendation will be required for each application and must be from your current private teacher or ensemble director. The Acceptd platform will help facilitate this with your letter writer. The letter must be received prior to your audition date.
- Audition on the primary instrument.
- Take the Placement Exam prior to the beginning of the first semester of registration.
Current Student Information
The MS in Counseling and Development with an emphasis in Professional School Counseling prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.
The MS in Counseling and Development with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to take the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam (Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors). If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the licensure exam in your home state.
The Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.
For More Information
Joel Muro, Ph.D., LPC, RPT, NCC
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