Dual Degree: M.S. in Counseling and Development and M.A. in Music (emphasis in Music Therapy)
The guidelines for the master's level preparation in Counseling and Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy) Dual Degree within the State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors (LPC) are listed below. The dual Master's degree in Counseling and Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy) consists of 64 semester credit hours.
The Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), has conferred accreditation to the M.S. in Counseling and Development, Community Counseling focal area.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
For a minimum of 64 semester credit hours students can meet the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the educational requirements to sit for the national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC).
All students admitted to the Counseling and Development Program must meet departmental and program criteria prior to filing a degree plan. Students should refer to the Family Sciences Graduate Handbook and the Counseling and Development Program Guidelines for specific program criteria. Three of the first twenty one semester credit hours must be FS 5363 and FS 5373. A grade of ‘CR’ is required in FS 5363 and at least a "B" in FS 5373 prior to enrolling in FS 5364. A grade of ‘CR’ is required in FS 5364 prior to enrolling in FS 5894. A student who 1) earns a grade of less than ‘B’ (‘C’, ‘D’, ‘F’, or ‘WF’) in two graduate courses or in the same graduate course; 2) earns a grade of ‘PR’ twice in FS 5363, FS 5364, FS 5373, or FS 5894; or 3) earns one 'C" in a graduate course and one 'PR' in FS courses FS 5363. FS 5373, FS 5364, or FS 5894 will be dismissed from the program.
Passing a criminal background check may be required by TWU and/or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certifications/licensures. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.
Most programs require an oral defense of the thesis or portfolio. This examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student’s advisory committee, with the approval of the chair of the department.
Dual Degree: Master of Science in Counseling and Development and Master of Arts in Music (emphasis in Music Therapy) Program of Study (64 semester credit hours)
|Music Core (12 SCH)|
|MU 5933||Styles in Music||3|
|MU 5643||Research on Music and Behavior||3|
|MU 5973||Professional Paper||3|
|MU 5403||Music Theory Pedagogy||3|
|or MU 5903||Special Topics|
(must be MU 5903 ST: Analytical Techniques)
|Music Therapy Area (10 SCH)|
|MU 5533||Philosophies and Theories of Music Therapy||3|
|MU 5543||Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy||3|
|FS 5894||Internship in Counseling (joint internship in music therapy and counseling with joint supervision by MU and FS faculty)||4|
|Counseling Area (42 SCH)|
|FS 5003||Lifespan Human Development||3|
|FS 5303||Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling||3|
|FS 5313||Counseling Theory and Practice||3|
|FS 5323||Psychological Appraisal of the Individual||3|
|FS 5353||Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors||3|
|FS 5364||Practicum in Counseling and Development||4|
|FS 5373||Group Counseling Procedures||3|
|FS 5443||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|FS 5453||Counseling for Career Development||3|
|FS 5493||Community Mental Health Counseling||3|
|FS 5894||Internship in Counseling||4|
|FS 5911||Independent Study (Counseling and Development Portfolio)||1|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||64|
Testing for drugs, specific immunizations in addition to those required by TWU, proof of personal medical insurance, and/or passing a criminal background check may be required by certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certification/licensure. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or to become certified/licensed. The cost of any required background checks, immunizations, and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student.
Certification as a Music Therapist (MT-BC) is achieved by passing a national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Students completing the dual degree program must be eligible for board certification in music therapy prior to the awarding of the dual degree. Eligibility for board certification as a music therapist is achieved EITHER by completing an undergraduate degree in music therapy prior to admission to the dual degree program OR by completing an undergraduate equivalency program in music therapy concurrently with the dual master’s degree curriculum. Completion of the undergraduate equivalency or an undergraduate degree in music therapy does not guarantee eligibility to take the board certification exam. Questions regarding specific criminal background and its possible effects on eligibility for board certification should be addressed directly to the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
Licensure as a Professional Counselor is achieved by passing a state examination, after completion of coursework and the required supervised clinical work (3000 semester credit hours). Questions regarding eligibility for licensure as a counselor should be addressed to the advisor in the Department of Family Sciences or directly to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
Special Note #1
The following courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Counseling Clinical Competency Sequence:
|FS 5303||Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling (Fall 4 weekends)||3|
|FS 5313||Counseling Theory and Practice||3|
|FS 5443||Multicultural Counseling||3|
Special Note #2
Special Note #3
Professional competency courses must be taken at TWU in the Department of Family Sciences. The student must take these courses in sequence and earn a grade of “CR” in each course to advance in the sequence. Any student receiving a “PR” in one of these courses must retake the course before progressing in the sequence. Students receiving 1(one) “PR” in a professional competency course must meet with the Counseling and Development faculty before registering for additional courses. Students receiving a “C” in any course must meet with the Counseling and Development faculty before registering for any additional classes. No two professional competency courses can be taken at the same time. Two grades of “C” or “PR” will result in dismissal from the Counseling and Development program.
Students wanting to register for the professional competency courses (Pre-practicum, Group Counseling, and Practicum) need to fill out an application for admission for each restricted enrollment course. Students will be informed by letter when they are admitted to the class. Applications for restricted enrollment courses need to be completed one semester prior to enrollment. There is an October 15th deadline for application submission for the spring semester, a February 15th deadline for summer, and an April 1st deadline for the fall semester. The application forms are available on the forms rack outside the Family Sciences office.
Special Note #4:
Students who wish to work in Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency Facilities should consider taking FS 5143 in addition to this 64 semester credit hour curriculum. The substance abuse course may be taken as the counseling elective in the 64 semester credit hour program.
Special Note #5:
Students taking the equivalency program in music therapy while completing the dual degree in counseling and music therapy must complete their music therapy undergraduate internship before beginning the graduate practicum/internship sequence in counseling. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis, but in no case can a student complete the joint internship in Counseling/MT (the 2nd semester of FS 5894) prior to completing the undergraduate MT internship, as per AMTA requirements.
Refer to the TWU Graduate Catalog for further explanation of policy and procedures.
Required for Graduation with Dual Degree:
Eligibility to take the CBMT Board Certification Examination in Music Therapy 64 Semester Credit Hour Dual Master’s Degree Program
Required for Licensure as LPC:
LPC Examination and Postgraduate Experience (3000 hours)