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Counseling M.A.

Department of Education

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree
Mental Health Counseling

The Professional Counseling program is designed to prepare ethical, culturally competent counselors to provide professional counseling services in various clinical settings.  The faculty approved settings where students have served their internships include: mental health centers, state hospitals and training schools, facilities for clients with dual diagnoses, as well as multipurpose mental health agencies.

General Requirements

  • Admittance to WTAMU Graduate School
  • A Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Completion of departmental application, including resume, three letters of recommendation, and formal interviews
  • 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)

Course Requirements: 60 hours

  • COUN 6303, 6304, 6305, 6308, 6327, 6328, 6330, 6340, 6365, 6371, 6372, 6373, and 6375
  • EDPD 6329
  • COUN 6380, 6398, and 6399
  • Six to Nine hours from COUN 6324, 6326, 6376, 6382, 6392, and 6394

COUN 6340 and 6380 are delivered during the summer, normally July, as one week Counseling Residencies.  Residencies take place on the WTAMU Amarillo Center campus.

All other classes are offered in an online format.

Feel free to browse through the Counselor Education’s Course Descriptions within the counselor education program for further information.

Texas Professional Counselor Licensing Information

After completing the 60-semester-hour program and passing the counselor education program’s comprehensive exams, students seeking licensure as a professional counselor must:

  • Pass the National Counselor Exam (http://www.nbcc.org/nce)
  • Pass the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counseling’s Texas Jurisprudence Exam (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/)
  • Apply for a temporary license through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern). This involves an application packet found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/.
  • Secure a Master level/Doctoral level, board approved Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
  • Secure an internship site(s) where you will accrue the required 3,000-clock-hours for application for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

You may also find out more information the counseling profession through the following professional counseling websites:

Features of the West Texas A& M University’s Counselor Education Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo’s Chase Tower and having access to state of the art teaching and live supervision facilities. Faculty offices are located on the 7th floor. The West Texas A&M Counselor Education Program is host to the Waugh and Roberson annual Counseling Seminar where students and the communit are exposed to cutting edge counseling topics. 

Dr. Yvette Castillo invites you to learn more about the opportunities for growth and career development within the Professional Counselor program of study.  At any point you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate to contact us at ycastillo@wtamu.edu.

Thanks for your interest in West Texas A&M University’s Counselor Education Program.

West Texas A&M University – Amarillo Center
600 S. Tyler St., Lockbox 12132
Amarillo, Texas 79106