Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling online

Learn how to diagnose mental and emotional disorders and resolve marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child rearing, family violence, and more with the Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling online.

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in as few as 30 months
60 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

The M.Ed. in C&D, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling is designed to prepare you for the evolving method of evidence-based counseling practice.

In this program, you will gain an understanding of the cross-cultural competencies and skills required to understanding family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning. You will also study legal issues, ethical principles, professional standards of conduct, and the guiding principles of mental health in the area of counseling.

This M.Ed. is taught by the same award winning faculty who teach on campus and will prepare you for certification. This online program also meets the educational coursework for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas and includes one residency, one 15-week practicum, and one 15-week internship.

For students considering Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, or any other academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, please contact the applicable licensure board(s) in the state you 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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

The Residency course requires travel and lodging for a 1-week stay at Lamar University or selected location that is not included in tuition. Residency

Online Courses

Courses in the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling online 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.

CNDV 5301 Human Growth and Development

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5304 Foundations of Professional Counseling

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5310 Counseling Skills

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5311 Individual Counseling Theories & Techniques

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5312 Group Counseling Theories & Techniques

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5320 Multicultural Counseling

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5322 Professionalism, Ethics and the Law

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5323 Career Development

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5324 Substance Abuse Counseling

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5325 Advanced Ethics in Mental Health Counseling

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5327 Psychopathology and Basic Psychopharmocology

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5329 Assessment and Treatment in MCFC

This course builds upon the introductory course Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (CDNV 5381), with a focus on the assessment, skills, and intervention aspects of therapy with couples and families. This course focuses on practical applications with a diverse client population, self-awareness and the influences of the counselor on the therapeutic system, and the use of specific treatment skills and interventions in marriage, couple and family work.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5333 Human Sexuality and Counseling Applications

A basic course in understanding how human beings form interpersonal relationships, sexuality development, including evaluation and treatment of sexual disorders. This course explores the relationship between mental health and human sexuality, and the role of mental health professionals in sex counseling. Students examine the role of personal values, attitudes, and beliefs about sexuality and sexual behavior for increased self- awareness when working with sexuality related issues.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5334 Measurement and Assessment

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5350 Abnormal Human Behavior

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5353 Research and Program Evaluation

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5380 Seminar Counseling & Development

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5381 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5390 School Counseling Practicum

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.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5394 Internship I (15-weeks)

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling online offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

January 22, 2019

Apply by December 20, 2018

March 4, 2019

Apply by February 27, 2019

April 15, 2019

Apply by March 14, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

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

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

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.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
Check to see if the program is offered to residents in your state before applying by clicking here.

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

Online Application

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

Teaching Certification

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

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.