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Counseling M.A.

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Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree
Counseling

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The 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.

Counseling Program Goals

Admission Requirements

Formal admittance to the counseling program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Admittance to WTAMU Graduate School: wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_graduate.aspx
  • Completion of departmental application, including resume, three letters of recommendation
  • 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)

Counseling Coursework: 60 hours

Required courses (54 - 57 hours):

  • EDPD 6303 - Education Research 3
  • COUN 6305 - Theories of Counseling 3
  • COUN 6308 - Ethical Standards and Practices in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6309 - Advanced Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling 3
  • COUN 6324 - Counseling Interventions with Children and Adolescents 3
  • COUN 6327 - Career Counseling 3
  • COUN 6328 - Group Counseling 3
  • COUN 6330 - Cross-cultural Counseling 3
  • COUN 6334 - Crisis Counseling 3
  • COUN 6365 - Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6371 - Introduction to Psychopharmacology 3
  • COUN 6372 - Assessment and Testing in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6373 - Couples and Family Counseling 3
  • COUN 6374 - Introduction to Addictions Counseling 3
  • COUN 6375 - Essential Helping Skills of Counseling 3
  • EDPD 6329 - Human Development 3
  • COUN 6399 - Practicum in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6398 - Internship in Counseling 3 (3-6 hours)

Electives (3 - 6 hours)

  • COUN 6326 - Introduction to Play Therapy 3
  • COUN 6376 - Sexuality Across the Lifespan 3
  • COUN 6392 - Special Topics in Counseling 3
  • COUN 6394 - Individual Study in Counseling 3 (with approval)

All classes are offered in an online format, except COUN 6399 and 6398, which are offered online with a practicum/internship experience completed in person in a community setting.

Please browse through the Counseling Program's Course Descriptions for further information.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of counseling course work and supervised internship experience under the direction of a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been licensed for at least two years.
  • Passing a comprehensive exam

Additional Information

Texas Professional Counselor Licensing Information

After completing the 48-semester-hour program and passing the counselor education program’s comprehensive exam, students seeking licensure as a professional counselor in Texas must:

  • Pass the National Counselor Exam (nbcc exam)
  • Pass the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counseling 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.

Requirements for licensure or certification vary from state to state. Our program prepares students for licensure or certification in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure or certification in other states.

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 Counseling Program include being conveniently located in downtown Amarillo’s Chase Tower and having access to state-of-the-art teaching and supervision facilities. Faculty offices are located on the 7th floor.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your options in the field of counseling, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Yvette Castillo.


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

Dr. Yvette Castillo

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