Counseling & Development
Graduate Programs in 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 on-site community-based clinic 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.
M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Professional School Counseling)
Dual degree in Counseling & Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy)
Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling
*All 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 TWU Graduate School
When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.
Check out the links below for specific admissions information:
*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 M.A. in Music (Music Therapy)
Dr. Pamela Youngblood
No deadline, rolling admission
- A student with a bachelor’s degree in music, but not in music therapy, may apply for admission to the M.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music Therapy. However, these students will be admitted provisionally with the stipulation that they complete all equivalency coursework and clinical experience that make them eligible for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. This equivalency coursework usually consists of about 50 undergraduate semester hours, most of which can be taken concurrently with graduate coursework in a carefully planned program. As part of the undergraduate equivalency coursework, a six-month internship is required prior to removal from provisional status and enrollment in any graduate practicum coursework.
- Students whose undergraduate degree is not in music will not be admitted to the M.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music Therapy. Rather, they may apply as post-bachelor’s degree students to complete equivalency requirements and/or a second bachelor’s degree. Completion of these requirements will lead to eligibility to take the national board certification examination in music therapy.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Complete the Music Entrance and Scholarship Audition Application Form online. Fill out the form completely before submitting. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.*
- A letter of recommendation must be emailed from your current private teacher or ensemble director to firstname.lastname@example.org and received prior to the audition.*
- Audition on the primary instrument.*
- Take the Placement Exam prior to the beginning of the first semester of registration.*
*Only required if applicant wishes to be considered for performance base scholarships.
Music therapy students who do not have the appropriate professional certification (i.e., MT-BC) must complete all eligibility requirements for that exam prior to the awarding of the master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Therapy.
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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