Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling licensure program is designed to equip students to be biblically and empirically-based practitioners, grounded in theories and skills to counsel individuals, couples, and families from a scholar-practitioner and Christian worldview. The licensure track meets the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors requirements for graduates to sit for the National Counselor Examination and the Texas Jurisprudence Examination. Upon successful completion graduates may apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern license to subsequently pursue meeting the 3000 hours required post-intern licensure, to them become a Licensed Professional Counselor. The Master of Arts in Counseling non-licensure program is available to students who are not seeking licensure and who want to gain proficiency in counseling theories and skills to work in a variety of settings as a non-licensed professional. Students in both programs are prepared to serve in both a Christian and secular setting.

Non-licensure Requirements (36 Hours)

 

Prerequisites*

BIB 105          Hermeneutics
EMS 101         Personal Evangelism
PSY 101          Introduction to Psychology
THS 101         Spiritual Foundations
THS 203         Systematic Theology I
THS 301         Systematic Theology II

 

Non-Licensure Core Curriculum (21 Hours)

CSL 505         Counseling Theories
CSL 510         Social, Cultural, and Family Issues
CSL 515         Counseling Methods and Techniques
CSL 535         Marriage and Family Counseling
CSL 540         Conflict Management
CSL 545         Educational Psychology
CSL 620         Pre-Practicum

 

Open Electives (15 Hours)

 

Non-Licensure Applied Studies

Non-credit courses:

AMP 500         Applied Ministry Project (Required each semester)

Licensure Requirements (60 Hours)

 

Prerequisites*

BIB 105          Hermeneutics
EMS 101        Personal Evangelism
PSY 101          Introduction to Psychology
THS 101         Spiritual Foundations
THS 203         Systematic Theology I
THS 301         Systematic Theology II

 

Licensure Core Curriculum** (51 Hours)

                                     Core 1
CSL 505         Counseling Theories
CSL 510         Social, Cultural, and Family Issues
CSL 515         Counseling Methods and Techniques
CSL 520         Human Growth and Development
CSL 530         Lifestyle and Career Development
CSL 535         Marriage and Family Counseling

                                     Core II
CSL 525         Abnormal Human Behavior
CSL 526         Psychopathology
CSL 550         Addiction Counseling
CSL 601         Appraisal and Assessment Techniques
CSL 605         Research
CSL 615         Group
CSL 630         Practicum I
CSL 640         Practicum II
CSL 650         Professional Orientation
CSL 541         Ethics in Counseling
CSL 542         Crisis Counseling

 

Licensure Electives (9 Hours)

Three of the following:

CSL 540         Conflict Management
CSL 545         Educational Psychology
CSL 610         Topics in Counseling
CSL 612         Psychopharmacology and Mental Illness

 

Licensure Applied Studies

Non-credit courses:

AMP 500        Applied Ministry Project (Required each semester)

*Graduate students need only take the degree prerequisites listed above, not the prerequisites for those classes listed in the undergraduate course descriptions. All degree prerequisites must be completed within the first 50% of course work for the degree. Until degree prerequisites are satisfied, a prerequisite must be taken each semester in which a student is enrolled.

**In the Licensure track, it is highly recommended that students take Core I courses before Core II courses.