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.

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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.

M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Catalog information for the M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Professional School Counseling)

Catalog information for the M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Professional School Counseling)*

Dual degree in Counseling & Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy)

Catalog information for the Dual degree in Counseling & Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy)

Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling

Catalog information for the 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.

Courses offered by semester

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Counseling and Development Graduate Programs

Program Contact

Joel H. Muro, Ph.D.
940-898-2705
jmuro@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall – March 15
Spring – September 15

Admission Requirements

  • 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

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. 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)

Program Contact

Dr. Pamela Youngblood
940-898-2495
pyoungblood@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline, rolling admission

Admission requirements

  • 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

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.

Additionally, if the applicant wishes to be considered for performance-based scholarships:

  1. Complete the Music Entrance and Scholarship Audition Application Form online. Fill out the form completely before submitting. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  2. A letter of recommendation must be emailed from your current private teacher or ensemble director to musicrecruiter@twu.edu and received prior to the audition.
  3. Audition on the primary instrument.
  4. Take the Placement Exam prior to the beginning of the first semester of registration.

Current Student Information

Information and Resources for Current Students

Outcome Data

Annual Outcome Data report

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
Program Coordinator
WH 104-E
940-898-2705
jmuro@twu.edu

Page last updated 5:02 PM, June 11, 2020