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Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling online

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This online degree program is designed to prepare school counselors to serve the academic, career, personal and social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle and secondary schools.

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Learn how to identify risk factors and incorporate developmental, ethnical, legal, and gender appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the counseling needs of children and adolescents with the M.Ed. in Counseling & Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling online.

icon $16,500* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 30 months Program Duration
icon 60 Credit Hours
icon $16,500* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 30 months Program Duration
icon 60 Credit Hours

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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In this program, you will examine various theoretical, behavioral and play therapy techniques and study effective interventions for children, adolescents and transitional age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder. You will also gain professional skills to help bridge community and school mental health services using an integrative approach.

Taught by the same award winning faculty who teach on campus, this M.Ed. meets the educational coursework for the School Counseling Certification and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas and includes one residency, one 15-week practicum and one 15-week internship.

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Tuition

Our goal is for our students to earn a high-quality degree that will help them improve their career and income, without taking on large financial debt.

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$16,500 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

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The M.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your working schedule and busy lifestyle.

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall III 2018 11/19/2018 10/22/2018 11/12/2018 12/21/2018
Spring I 2019 1/22/2019 12/20/2018 1/17/2019 2/25/2019
Spring II 2019 3/4/2019 2/4/2019 2/28/2019 4/8/2019
Spring III 2019 4/15/2019 3/14/2019 4/11/2019 5/20/2019
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Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

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Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

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Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate.

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Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Counseling and Special Populations Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Counseling and Special Populations requires the following for admission to the department program:

  • Teaching Certificate: Must be valid **
  • Teaching Experience: Must have two years of teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.
  • Online Application & Fee: Complete and submit the departmental application—will be sent by email after completing the ApplyTexas application.
  • Personal essay
  • Reference: Letter of reference from your principal

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

***Not applicable to out of state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

  • Teaching Experience: Must have two years of teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.

Courses

Courses in the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling are designed to meet the educational requirements set forth by the state of Texas for counseling programs in Texas. Out-of-state students must check with their respective state requirements for certification and/or licensure.

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CNDV 5301: Human Growth and Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of normal human development and the stages of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth from prenatal origins through old age.

CNDV 5304: Foundations of Professional Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the foundations of professional counseling. The course includes an exploration of the history, philosophy, trends, and practice of counseling; the roles and functions of the counseling profession to include the ethics, laws, and guiding principles for mental health counselors, marriage, couple and family counselors, and school counselors across practice settings; methods and models of clinical supervision; professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials; and other related professional issues.

CNDV 5306: Child and Adolescent Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides specialized knowledge and skills training in counseling children and adolescents. Students will learn to assess behavior and incorporate developmentally, ethnically, legally, and gender appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the needs of counseling children and adolescents. Students will examine various theoretical, behavioral, and play therapy techniques for counseling children and adolescents.

CNDV 5310: Counseling Skills

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction of facilitation skills and theory. In depth analysis and demonstration of various facilitation techniques for use with counseling clients.

CNDV 5311: Individual Counseling Theories & Techniques

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.

CNDV 5312: Group Counseling Theories & Techniques

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of group counseling theories, processes and techniques; pre-practicum course.

CNDV 5320: Multicultural Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Studies in human diversity and cultural issues. Identifies the implications for counseling and learning and strategies for cross cultural effectiveness in various settings.

CNDV 5322: Professionalism, Ethics and the Law

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the profession with an emphasis on legal issues, ethical principles and professional standards of conduct in the area of counseling.

CNDV 5323: Career Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

CNDV 5324: Substance Abuse Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

CNDV 5325: Advanced Ethics in Mental Health Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses application of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling and human service settings. Emphasis is placed on national and current state board rules, records management, strategies for personal and professional self-evolution, implications for practice, and client and professional advocacy.

CNDV 5327: Psychopathology and Basic Psychopharmocology

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares mental health professionals in the basic diagnostic systems, research and explanations of psychopathology and basic working knowledge for integrating psychopharmacology for effective coordinating of services in an integrated health mode.

CNDV 5330: Developmental Guidance and Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to advance the professional competence of the counselor, the course is a study of the design and management of a comprehensive developmental guidance program. Emphasis is placed on the planning and implementation of a guidance curriculum appropriate for the needs of school age children and youth.

CNDV 5334: Measurement and Assessment

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation to include basic statistical concepts; standardized and nonstandardized testing; strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment; and evaluation instruments in educational and counseling settings.

CNDV 5350: Abnormal Human Behavior

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of various symptom categories in psychopathology. The course will include an analysis of the diagnostic categories as well as the research concerning etiology and treatment. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor or 12 semester hours of CNDV coursework.

CNDV 5353: Research and Program Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to counseling research and provides them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to research and program evaluation in counseling. An emphasis is placed on evaluating research and applying research outcomes to practice. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects' protection.

CNDV 5380: Seminar Counseling & Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to advance the professional competence of participants. For each seminar, a description of the particular area of study will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when nature of seminar differs sufficiently from one previously taken. Prerequisites: CNDV 5311 or approval of instructor.

CNDV 5381: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311.

CNDV 5390: School Counseling Practicum

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A field-based course with supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in a school setting during the school day. Prerequisite: Must be within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

CNDV 5394: Internship I (15-weeks)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: CNDV 5310, 5311, 5312 and within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

The Residency courses require additional fees that are not covered in tuition. Please visit the following link for more information: Residency

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