Master of Arts in Counseling Program
This orientation will cover:
v Program Components and Requirements
v When & how to contact your Academic
v Academic Appeal Process
v The Role of Counseling & Professional Identity
General Overview of the MA in
Counseling (Degree Requirements)
v Advising Sheets
v Please be aware of the required course work for the different
tracks (School or Mental Health)
v Background requirements (such as undergraduate leveling
courses) maybe required for students who do not have a
background in a related human service field.
v Available on our website at:
v Practicum – Mental Health/School
v 160 Clock hours to be completed in the School Practicum
v 150 clock hours to be completed for the Mental Health Practicum
General Overview of the MA in
v Comprehensive Exam
v To be taken in the final semester of enrollment
v Must pass the comprehensive exam as part of
the requirements for graduation
v The Master of Arts in Counseling is a 36 hour
v All students can complete the additional 12 hours
(at their discretion) and continue on to pursue the
Licensure for Professional Counselors with the
State of Texas.
Unique Requirements for
School Counseling Students
v Practicum requirements are explained in the
Counseling Advising Sheets.
v Please be aware that you should not enroll in the
practicum until the end of your program.
v The practicum is the capstone experience in this
program. You should be in the last long semester (or
second to the last, if pursuing all 48 hours toward
the LPC) when enrolling in the practicum.
v As school counselors, you must have (at minimum)
two years of teaching experience before receiving
the school counselor certification.
v Blue & Gold Registration
v Go to: www.tamuk.edu/bluegold
v Click on the icon that says:
v “Students, Faculty & Advisors, LOGIN HERE”
Use your university issued ID & 6-digit Date of Birth for login
Example: ID: K00000001 Birthday is Dec. 12, 1963 PIN: 121263
Please check with the business office for payment deadlines & payment options
v Prerequisites and sequence of courses
v If there is a prerequisite for a course you would like to enroll in, but have
not met the prerequisite, then you will not be able to enroll in the course.
v Class Schedule
v Is accessible and can be printed via blue & gold.
v See your advisor for questions about
v Course Substitutions Catherine P. Olivarez
v Petitions Catherine.Olivarez@tamusa.tamus.edu
v Specific questions regarding degree Phone: (210) 932-7112
v Transferring courses from another
v Contacting your advisor
v “Registration Days”-always before
the semester begins
v Contact your advisor via email
v If an appointment is necessary, your
advisor will schedule an
v Advisor Availability
v Plan ahead
v Keep in mind the time of year
TAMU-SA Issued E-mail Address
v All admitted students are assigned a Jaguar e-mail
account. Ex: John.Doe@jaguar.tamu.edu
v This is the e-mail address faculty and staff will use
to correspond with students.
v Important university information and
announcements are sent to this account.
v You may forward all e-mails to your personal e-mail
v Contact Information Technology Office for more
information about using your jaguar email.
Academic Appeal Process
A student who is on enforced withdrawal may petition for reinstatement.
Normally, such reinstatement is requested after a student has remained
out of school one long semester; however, under exceptional circumstances,
a petition may be considered earlier.
Student provides a letter containing all explanations, recommendations, or
doctor’s statements in support of the student’s request for reinstatement.
This should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.
The graduate program committee will review the petitioner’s letter and
academic record and make a recommendation concerning reinstatement
to the Director of Graduate Studies. If the Petition for Reinstatement is
disapproved, the student may not file another petition until the following
Educational Leadership and
Counseling & Guidance
Go here for forms, announcements, and general
information about the department.
v You must apply in person at the Welcome
v Be sure to submit your application prior to
v Commencement vs. Degree Conferment
v Commencement is the ceremony at which
recognition is given to those who are in
candidacy for the degree.
v The conferment of the degree is when all
degree/graduation requirements have
been met and the degree is then awarded
v Students who apply for graduation in a given
semester, but do not fulfill requirements must
file a new graduation/degree application on or
before the appropriate deadline for the next
semester in which they intend to graduate.
Professional Counseling and
the Role of a Counselor
Professional Counselors Defined
According to the American Counseling Association,
professional counseling is “the application of mental
health, psychological or human development
principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or
systemic interventions, strategies that address
wellness, personal growth, or career development,
as well as pathology”
Licensed Professional Counselor
State licensure at either the Master’s or
Qualified to engage in psychotherapy and
Not a license to perform projective testing
(I.e. Rorschach Inkblots)
Emphasis to work with children to reduce
the risk for academic failure
Work with the child’s personal, social,
cognitive, academic and emotional lives
Integrates the services and roles of principles,
teachers, coaches and parents
Very broad discipline that includes over 40
recognized specializations including:
State licenses individuals with Doctoral degrees
Those with Masters in Psychology are referred to as
Master’s level individuals are not eligible to become
Licensed Psychologists and are referred to as
Insurance reimbursement granted to Licensed
Psychologist but not psychological associates
Allowed to perform projective testing and trained to
work with individuals with extreme psychopathology
Master’s or doctoral level
Specialized training with administration of
tests to children and adolescents
Intelligence testing and learning disability
Performance versus intelligence testing
Usually contracted and hired by school
Sub-discipline of medicine for treatment of
Generally treated with prescription
Usually requires a bachelors in pre Med. Or
other basic “hard” science
Four years of medical school
Four year medical residency in psychiatry
Includes both discipline of psychology and counseling
Broad goal it relieve emotional based suffering or mental
disorders by incorporating the “talk therapies”
Specific goal might include identifying underlying causes of
Clinical, counseling psychologists and counselors may use
psychological testing for assistance with diagnosing
Psychotherapeutic approaches may vary: some examples
Traditional Psychoanalysis (Freud)
Analytical Psychology (Carl Jung)
Existentialism (Yalom and May)
Behavioral approaches (Skinnerian)
v Texas Counseling Association
v South Texas Counseling Association
v American Counseling Association
v Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
v Information regarding the requirements:
v National Board for Certified Counselors
v The National Counselor Examination
v American School Counselor Association
v Texas School Counselor Association
How do I become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas?
Successfully complete the 48-hour Master’s degree in Counseling
Successfully pass the National Counselor Exam (which is now the exam used by the State of
Successfully pass the Texas Jurisprudence Exam
Apply for the LPC-Intern license (called a “temporary license”)
Complete a 3,000 hour supervised internship (must be under a Licensed Professional
Counselor Supervisor). Of those 3,000 hours, 1,500 are direct client (group and individual)
hours. The remaining 1,500 are indirect hours (staffing, consulting, writing up case notes, etc).
Once the 3,000 hours are completed, one then applies for an “upgrade”. This moves one from
an LPC Intern to a Licensed Professional Counselor.
The 3,000 hours CANNOT be completed in less than 18 months.
It is STRONGLY recommended by the faculty that one takes a National Counselor Exam prep course.
How long is my temporary license valid?
It is valid for 60 months. There are no extensions.
How long is my full license valid?
It is valid for years from the date of issuance. In addition, one must complete 24 clock hours of
What are the admission policies for the counseling program
Students must apply at www.applytexas.org. After completing an application
for admission, official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended
must be submitted.
Who would I contact if I wanted to speak to someone about the admission process
You can contact the Welcome Center at (210) 932-6200 for questions about your
application for admission.
Would I have an advisor and if so who would be my advisor?
The Academic Advisor for the program is Catherine Olivarez.
How many hours can I transfer from another counseling program
The Department of Leadership & Counseling will allow only 6 semester credit
hours of transfer from another program. The courses must be equivalent to
courses we require in our program.
Do I have to take the GRE to enroll in the counseling program?
No. Students can take either the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) OR the GRE
(Graduate Record Examination).
Would I be able to start the program before taking the MAT or GRE?
Yes. Currently, students with a higher GPA may be able to gain admission
prior to having the official GRE or MAT Scores on file.
Dr. Albert Valadez, Chair, Department of Leadership &
Dr. Suzanne Mudge, Program Coordinator, Counseling &
Dr. Scott Peters, Scott.Peters@tamusa.tamus.edu
Dr. Katrina Cook, Katrina.Cook@tamusa.tamus.edu
Dr. Mary Mayorga, Mary.Mayorga@tamusa.tamus.edu
Catherine Olivarez, Academic Advisor,
We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.