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Professional Counseling Programs

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The Professional Counseling Program seeks to prepare professional counselors who have developed sound counseling skills through experiential learning; acquired a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base; and developed a strong professional counselor identity.  The intent is for graduates to possess the personal dispositions necessary to work ethically in a variety of professional settings with diverse clientele.
PROGRAM UPDATE

Tarleton State University is dedicated to providing our students with an exemplary education at all levels.  We desire to graduate students with competitive educational experiences and credentials.  With this in mind, the Professional Counseling Program, with the University's complete support, is in the process of pursuing CACREP Accreditation.  Currently, the program is preparing syllabi and writing the self-study.  Gaining CACREP Accreditation is a process that will take some time.  However, Tarleton State University is dedicated to seeing this process through.

At present, the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (designed to meet both CACREP and LPC Board standards) is set to launch in the fall of 2015.  The required credit hours were increased from 48 to 60.  A few new courses were added, and existing courses were renumbered.  The Counseling Program will communicate more specific details regarding CACREP accreditation as milestones are met.

The existing 48-hour program continues to meet the educational requirements for LPC licensure in Texas.  If you have more general questions about the CACREP Accreditation process, please contact Dr. Julie Merriman, merriman@tarleton.edu.

Professional Counseling Programs Admission Criteria

College of Graduate Studies

(for all graduate students)



Tarleton State University Professional Counseling Program Student Handbook

Tarleton State University Professional Counseling Program Prior to 2015/2016 Student Handbook



Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The 60 hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program provides the academic training for counselors to work in a variety of positions in mental health agencies such as counseling centers, drug and substance abuse centers, career counseling centers, mental health program, employee assistance program in business and industry, adult probation offices, MHMR agencies, corrections, and private counseling practice.  Completion of the master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides the graduate with the academic coursework requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

     More Information about M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Education in Professional School Counseling (This program is no longer admitting students)

The Professional School Counselor Program offers a program of study leading to the Master of Education degree with a major in Professional School Counseling.  The degree is primarily designed to enable graduates to pursue certification as a school counselor. The program also enables graduates to be eligible for the Professional Counselor License (LPC).  Before school counseling certification can be granted, students must have accrued at least two years of teaching experience in public schools, grades K-12.

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (LPC)  (This program is no longer admitting students)

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology provides programs of study leading to credentialing in Counseling Psychology.  Graduates are eligible for the Professional Counselor License (LPC).

     More Information about the M.S. in Counseling Psychology


Contact your faculty advisor for information about these programs.  You may also contact the Program Director, Dr. Julie Merriman, at merriman@tarleton.edu.


Graduate Degree Comprehensive Examination

Every candidate in the Professional Counseling Program must apply for and pass a comprehensive examination. The examination is taken in the final semester of graduate coursework listed on the student's degree plan, including all internship and practicum courses.  The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) test is given at the Stephenville campus and the cost is $50.00.  The test consists of 160 questions and students have 4 hours for completion.  See Student Handbook for complete information.