Admission Requirements Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online

  • University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (institutional bachelor's degree) requires no GRE.
  • Undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (institutional bachelor's degree) requires a qualifying GRE by the third course.
  • For those applicants within the 2.5-2.99 range in the institutional bachelor's degree, a last 60 hour count will be performed and if the derived GPA is 3.0 or higher, the applicant will be granted admission on the no-GRE status.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.
  • US 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.

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department program:

  • Complete and submit the departmental application—will be sent by email after completing the ApplyTexas application.
  • Professional reference

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

GRE Policy

For applicants to graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Development (online and on campus), students with a 3.0 GPA undergrad or 3.0 in their last 60 hours are admitted unconditionally. Students required to take the GRE must meet the institutional GRE and GPA standard.

GRE taken after August 2011: Undergraduate GPA (or last 60 hours, whichever is higher) x 50 + GRE Verbal + GRE quantitative =/or greater than 428. Students not meeting the standard must retake the GRE and submit their scores for additional consideration. Appeals may not be processed without submitting the results of a second GRE attempt.

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.

Appeals Process:

Students not meeting the standard admission score of 428 must take the GRE, submit their scores, and appeal to be registered beyond the third course of a master’s degree program. Appeals may not be processed without the results of a GRE attempt. Upon reporting the first GRE and appealing unsuccessfully, students may retake the GRE and submit their scores with a second appeal. A second appeal decision is final. Students whose GPAs fall below 2.5 in the institutional Bachelor's will not be considered for admission on any basis, with or without the GRE.

For more information on the GRE go to www.ets.org/gre.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
P.O. Box 10017
Beaumont, Texas 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.

The Clinical Mental Health program has a strategic enrollment process to comply with CACREP accreditation and space may be limited.

Academic Residency Process and Requirements

Process

We are offering a unique 2 course sequence in a hybrid format. In each course, students will be enrolled in an online Blackboard course for five weeks but will also be required to participate in the seminar via a week-long face to face course segment that occurs during that five week course. Each course will involve 45 contact hours distributed across both delivery modalities. Each course will follow a true seminar format with various contemporary topics in counseling presented.

The intensive face to face interaction provides faculty members with the opportunity to provide live supervision of clinical counseling skills and the opportunity to evaluate student dispositions. Students can take this course concurrently with another course.

Requirements

Residency 1

Students will have the opportunity to develop the skills and multicultural competencies needed for practice as a clinical mental health counselor. The online modality will afford students the opportunity to prepare for the face-to-face format and also to process the face to face experience via discussion board and written assignment. The face to face interaction will provide students with the opportunity to develop clinical skills; prepare for practicum and internship; participate in special topic presentations, and participate in academic advising sessions. Students will complete individual counseling skills tapes as part of the face-to-face experience.

Residency 2

Students will have the opportunity to develop advanced individual and group counseling skills. The online modality will afford students the opportunity to prepare for the face-to-face format and also to process the face to face experience via discussion board and written assignment. All students will participate in 10 hours of group counseling work. Students will also receive special topic lectures related to professional credentialing and certification/licensure exams. Students will complete individual counseling skills tapes as part of the face-to-face experience.

Residencies have specific learning outcomes:

Residency 1 Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic counseling skills.
  • Apply multicultural competencies to basic counseling skills.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills.
  • Understand diverse and multicultural perspectives and apply them to counseling practice.
  • Integrate supervision feedback into counseling practice.
  • Describe the process of preparing for field experience.

Residency 2 Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced counseling skills.
  • Demonstrate effective group counseling skills.
  • Integrate supervision feedback into counseling practice.
  • Analyze and apply counseling research to counseling practice.
  • Utilize feedback to improve performance.
  • Apply multicultural and diversity competencies to advanced counseling skills.

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