Counseling
Department Of Counseling
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Counseling

The Department of Counseling has a two-fold purpose: First, in keeping with the urban mission of Texas Southern University, the department seeks to prepare master and doctoral level students to make a significant contribution to the resolution of problems for people living in urban environment in particular, as well as those attempting to cope with societal demands in non-urban settings.

Second, the department seeks to prepare prospective counselors, classroom teachers, and other professionals with the knowledge and skills essential for an understanding of the individual and his/her educational, vocational, health, and social problems.

Thus, the mission of the Department is to prepare counselors who value equity and equality to meet the demands of a culturally and linguistically diverse clientele through a special emphasis on knowledge bases and internships in an urban setting.

Courses in the Department of Counseling are offered in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Programs.  The Department and associated instructional facilities are housed in the College of Education Building with the Department Office located in Room 249.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree is offered on Campus and Online in the following areas of specialization:

 1. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, sixty (60) semester credit hours

This area of specialization prepares candidates to become Counselors in community agencies and other private sectors.  In addition to completing core counseling courses, candidates are required to complete courses specific to clinical mental health counseling.  This specialization meets the requirements for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

 2. Rehabilitation Counseling, sixty (60) semester credit hours

This area of specialization prepares candidates to become Rehabilitation Counselors in either the public state agency or to provide services in the private sector.  Once candidates complete core counseling courses, each is required to complete the appropriate courses relevant to Rehabilitation Counseling.  The Rehabilitation Counseling specialization will all candidates to qualify to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Examination (CRC).

 3. School Counseling, sixty (60) semester credit hours

This area of specialization prepares candidates to become Pre K-12 School Counselors. Candidates become familiar with the design and implementation of comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling model.  In addition to core counseling courses, candidates take courses specific to school counseling.  School Counseling applicants must submit a service record for teaching. The School Counseling specialization meets requirements for the Texas School Counselor Certification.

All master level students must complete a 600 hour counseling internship in an appropriate clinical setting.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to all graduate degree programs of the University are processed through the Graduate School. Applicants must meet all of the following conditions:

1. Student must apply for admission to the master’s program through the Graduate School by completing an application and submitting all required documents (including GRE scores).

2. Graduation with the bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university. An example of the “equivalent,” as indicated above may be an international student who has graduated from a college or university that issues a diploma or certificate instead of a degree.

3. A grade point average in all undergraduate work of 2.50 (C+) or better or a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work.

4. An Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or above on the GRE exam to fulfill English proficiency requirements. The GRE score must not be more than five (5) years old. Students who meet the 2.50 admission GPA requirement but do not demonstrate acceptable proficiency in the GRE Analytical Writing exam, if admitted, must enroll in, and successfully complete English 501 in the first semester of admission.

5. A score of at least 500 (550) on the paper-based test, 173 (213) on the computer-based test, or 61 (79) on the internet-based test (iBT) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant is a foreign student.

6. Completed applications are reviewed by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee.

7. Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be invited to an interview and the names of applicants recommended for admission are submitted to the Graduate School.

8. Upon approval, the Dean of the Graduate School will notify applicants of the Committee’s decision.

Transfer Admission

1. Transfer students must meet regular admission requirements

2. Credit may be transferred only for advanced and graduate courses completed with a grade of “B” or better.

3. No more than nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit may be applied to a master’s degree.

Before receiving the degree, each students must:
1.Be admitted unconditionally to the Master of Education degree program.
2. File a Degree Plan in the Graduate School.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in English – GRE Analytical Writing Score of 3.5 or above/English 501 course.
4. Take and pass the Department of Counseling Qualifying Examination (Taken by the end of 18 semester hours of enrollment in the Graduate School).
5. Secure departmental recommendation for candidacy status for the Master’s Degree in Counseling.
6. Complete a 600 hour internship in an approved setting.
7. Take and pass the College of Education Comprehensive Examination for the master’s degree.
8.Complete the required 60 semester credit hours with a 3.00 average.
9. Apply for graduation.

In addition, the Department of Counseling requires that the students working toward a degree in Counseling, shall possess certain qualifications/aptitude which are considered necessary for school counselors and agency (non-school) counselors. The evaluation of the qualifications/aptitude will be based on observations of the student by members of the faculty, individual interviews, the results of various standardized tests, key assessments and the student's interest in the field.

Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.)
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Degree is a 60 semester hour program. The Ed.D. Degree is offered on Campus. All doctoral level students must complete a 600 hour counseling internship in an appropriate clinical setting, in addition to a dissertation.
Admission Requirements

The policies governing admission to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program are as follows:

1. Student must apply for admission to the doctoral program through the Graduate School by completing an application and submitting all required documents (including GRE scores).

2. Completed applications are reviewed by the Doctoral Admissions Committee in the major area and the names of applicants recommended for admission are submitted to the Graduate School.

3. Upon approval, the Dean of the Graduate School will notify applicants of the Committee’s decision.

Non-negotiable Areas

In addition, the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Have an earned master’s degree or its equivalent in a degree program with a grade point average of at least 3.25 (“B+”) from an accredited institution of higher education.

2. Hold or earn, before completing the program, a teaching or administrative certificate, unless the area in which the individual specializes does not require certification.

3.Have a minimum of two (2) years of successful professional experience in teaching, administration, supervision, counseling or other career service, for example, personnel in business and industry, counselor, etc.

4. Submit recommendations from at least three persons including two (2) college faculty members in the applicant’s most recent academic program and at least one (1) immediate supervisor of the applicant’s professional work.

5. Demonstrate acceptable proficiency in the use of the English language based upon performance on a standardized English Proficiency Test. (Performance on the Verbal portion of the GRE may be considered as adequate by the Doctoral Admission Committee.)

6. Have a personal interview with the department head and faculty in the area of the planned concentration.

7. A score of at least 500 (550) on the paper-based test, 173 (213) on the computer-based test, or 61 (79) on the internet-based test (iIBT) on the TOEFL if the applicant is a foreign student.

8. Other criteria specified in H.B. 1641 will be considered.

Unconditional Admission
The applicant must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (combined verbal and quantitative) that will be used in conjunction with the applicant’s socioeconomic profile and the Masters grade point average to determine admission. The GRE score must not be more than five (5) years old. 

Requirements for the Doctor of Education degree

Before receiving the degree, each student must:

1. Be admitted unconditionally to the Doctor of Education degree program.

2. Satisfy residency requirement for two consecutive semesters of full-time, or an approved equivalency.

3. In addition to the two years of professional experience required for admission, meet the internship requirements of two consecutive semesters, if required, in the degree program.

4. Satisfy the 60 semester credit hours (SCH), including 6 hours of internship and 6 hours of dissertation within a seven year period.

5. Demonstrate proficiency in English – GRE Analytical Writing Score of 3.5 or above/English 501 course.

6. Pass the College of Education Comprehensive Examination.

7. Be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate degree.

8. Prepare an acceptable abstract, proposal and dissertation.

9. Pass a final oral examination. The oral examination will be a defense of the doctoral dissertation and other topics that may be designated by the Dissertation Committee.

10. Present three approved copies of the doctoral dissertation in the final form and three copies of the abstract to the Graduate Office.

11. Apply for graduation. 

In summary, students are admitted after review by a departmental committee; and, once admitted, they are assigned an official advisor who should be consulted on a semester or term basis. Advisors guide students admitted to the Department through the admission process for the Counselor Education Program, as well as oversee their matriculation through the Program. Advisors also advise students with regard to their status for graduation.  Additional information may be obtained from the Department Office at 713-313-7018

 

Contact

Department of Counseling

Telephone: 713-313-7018

Fax: 713-313-7481

 

 

 
 
 
ADMINISTRATION
   
  Lillian B. Poats
  Dean,
College of Education
   
  Bernell Peltier-Glaze
  Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs, COE
   
  Jessica Davis
  Assistant Dean,
Student Affairs, COE
   
  Ingrid Haynes-Mays
  Interim Chair,
Curriculum & Instruction
   
  Candy Ratliff
  Interim Chair,
Counseling
   
  Collette M. Bloom
  Interim Chair,
Ed. Admin & Foundations
   
  Dwalah Fisher
  Interim Chair,
Health & Kinesiology