Master of Science in Counseling and Development

All degree plans are developed in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and are based on current departmental requirements as well as individual student needs and objectives. No grade below B is accepted toward the master’s degrees described below.

Master of Science in Counseling and Development 

The Council for Accreditation of 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. degree in Counseling and Development, Professional School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling focal areas. 

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

61 semester credit hours, in either of the focal areas of interest listed below:

  1. Professional School Counseling: Designed to meet the School Counselor educational requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification.
  2. Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Designed to meet the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Special Requirements

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. Six of the first thirty 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 5363FS 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.

Dual Degree in Counseling and Development and Music (with emphasis in Music Therapy)

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).

Final Examination

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.

Master of Science in Counseling and Development (emphasis in Professional School Counseling) Program of Study (61 semester credit hours)

Counseling Core (9 hours-to be completed within 21 hours):
FS 5443Multicultural Counseling3
FS 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling3
FS 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
Additional Counseling Core (16 hours-all required)
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5173Abnormal Behavior: Crisis Impacts and Treatments3
FS 5323Psychological Appraisal of the Individual3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5453Counseling for Career Development3
FS 5911Independent Study (Portfolio)1
School Counseling Specialty (9 hours):
FS 5903Special Topics (Foundations of School Counseling (taken concurrently with Critical Issues))3
FS 5903Special Topics (Critical Issues in School Counseling (taken concurrently with Foundations))3
FS 5903Special Topics (Applied Skills in School Counseling (taken after Critical Issues and Foundations))3
Research (3 hours)
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Electives (6 hours): 6
One course in couples, marriage, or families (consult with your Advisor-required for LPC track)
Addiction Counseling (required for LPC track)
Grief and Bereavement
Play Therapy
Advanced Play Therapy: Theories and Applications
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Special Topics (Expressive Arts)
Special Topics (Counseling an Aging Population)
Clinical Competencies (18 hours)
FS 5363Prepracticum (required after completion of Counseling Core and prior to completion of 30 hours)3
FS 5373Group Counseling Procedures (taken concurrently with Prepracticum)3
FS 5364Practicum in Counseling and Development (1 semester)4
FS 5894Internship in Counseling (2 semesters)8
Total Semester Credit Hours61


Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Development (emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) Program of Study (61 semester credit hours)

Counseling Core (9 hours--completed within 21 hours):
FS 5443Multicultural Counseling3
FS 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling3
FS 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
Additional Counseling Core (19-all required)
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5143Addiction Counseling3
FS 5173Abnormal Behavior: Crisis Impacts and Treatments3
FS 5323Psychological Appraisal of the Individual3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5453Counseling for Career Development3
FS 5911Independent Study (Portfolio)1
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty (3 hours)
FS 5493Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Ethics, Law, and Practice3
Research
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Electives (9 hours) including: 9
One course in couples, marriage, or families (consult with your Advisor)
Choose a minimum of 2 courses:
Grief and Bereavement
Play Therapy
Advanced Play Therapy: Theories and Applications
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Special Topics (Expressive Arts)
Special Topics (Counseling an Aging Population)
Clinical Competencies (18 hours)
FS 5363Prepracticum (required after completion of counseling Core & prior to completion of 30 hours)3
FS 5373Group Counseling Procedures (taken concurrently with Prepracticum)3
FS 5364Practicum in Counseling and Development (1 semester)4
FS 5894Internship in Counseling (2 semesters)8
Total Semester Credit Hours61