Counselor Education

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Program Director
Leslie Moore

The Counselor Education master’s degree (M.Ed.) program is designed to effectively and efficiently meet the increasing demand for counselors in the educational setting. Our primary focus is the rigorous study of education, psychology and counseling, and preparing students to work in schools and universities. Graduates of our program will be prepared to:

  • Pursue employment as academic advisers, career counselors and student affair officials in colleges and universities
  • Pursue doctoral studies in counseling psychology or other related fields
  • Become certified in the State of Texas as a School Counselor

The 48-hour degree program is designed to be completed in two years. Many of our courses are offered in the daytime or are offered every other year. We encourage students to enroll as a full-time student to maximize their ability to immerse themselves in the academic and experiential learning experiences available while training.

An exciting part of our program is the applied work during practicum placements. We have developed relationships with local school districts and universities to ensure that our students have optimal opportunities to train for future work in academic settings.

Additional Course Work for a Licensed Professional Counselor Emphasis

While becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is not a Counselor Education program requirement, some graduates of our program choose to supplement their studies by preparing to become LPCs in the State of Texas. To participate in this emphasis, students must take 12 additional hours (typically an additional semester) and graduate with 60 hours of counseling studies. After completing these courses, students may apply to take the Texas LPC-Intern examination. 

Counseling Psychology & Counselor Education Faculty

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Ricardo Ainslie

Professor

M. K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education

Explores the intersection of psychology and culture through such topics as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts and the impact of violence within communities, and the relationship between individual and collective identity.

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Germine Awad

Associate Professor, HDCLS Program Director

Studies the effects that acculturation and identity have on discrimination, specifically in populations of Arab/Middle Eastern and African American women.

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Chris Brownson

Clinical Associate Professor

Research interests include college student suicide prevention, collaborative care models of behavioral health in primary care, and the intersection of mental health and academic success.

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Kevin Cokley

Professor

Researches themes related to understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement, and the impact of the impostor phenomenon in academic and mental health outcomes.

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Christopher McCarthy

Professor, Graduate Advisor

Studies stress and coping as it relates to professionals in educational settings, health and wellness, and the identification of psychological resources that can help prevent stress.

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Leslie Moore

Senior Lecturer, Counselor Education Program Director

Interested in human development and the role that therapy plays in enhancing development with a focus on the study of comparative approaches to counseling interventions.

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Michael Parent

Assistant Professor

Focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and behavioral health in topics of men’s health, gender roles, and muscularity; conducts outreach with gender and sexual minority communities.

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Aaron Rochlen

Professor, Counseling Psychology Program Director

Research focuses on men and traditional masculinity, with a particular emphasis on men's mental health, depression, help-seeking patterns, and their underutilization of counseling services.

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Delida Sanchez

Assistant Professor

Interested in teaching and research in the area of multicultural counseling, exploring ethnic and racial identity development, and mental health outcomes among Black and Latino adolescents.