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Students admitted to the Department of Human Development Counseling prepare for a Master of Arts degree in Human Development Counseling and must complete a minimum of 50 semester hours of graduate credit.

Three areas of study are available within the Department: Community Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Both the Community Counseling and School Counseling areas are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ( CACREP) with a structured 50-credit hour curriculum. Students who want to prepare for licensure and certification as a Marriage and Family Therapist may elect to take an additional 12 credit hours.

Students may choose one of the following areas of study:


COMMUNITY COUNSELING: This area of study prepares students to provide counseling and consulting services in a wide range of environments such as mental health, correctional, social welfare, rehabilitative and human relations agencies and institutions.

Required (36 semester hours)

  • HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • HDC 511 Theories of Counseling
  • HDC 512 Pre-practicum
  • HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 534 Introduction to Family Therapy
  • HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR
  • HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • HDC 577 Research Methods

Required specialization course (3 semester hours):

Students in the Community Counseling area of study wll take HDC 530 Community Counseling. Additional specialized knowledge may be obtained through projects designed to meet other course requirements.

Closure Course Requirements (2 semester hours):

  • HDC 582 Research Colloquium: Master’s Project
    OR
  • HDC 584 Comprehensive Exam Preparation
    AND
  • HDC 585 Comprehensive Exam Registration

Supervised clinical experience (9 semester hours):

  • HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum
  • HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship

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SCHOOL COUNSELING: This area of study prepares students to provide counseling and consulting services within elementary and secondary public and private educational settings.

Required (36 semester hours):

  • HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • HDC 511 Theories of Counseling
  • HDC 512 Pre-practicum
  • HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 534 Introduction to Family Therapy
  • HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR
  • HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • HDC 577 Research Methods

Required specialization course (3 semester hours):

  • HDC 531 Developmental School Counseling

Closure Course Requirements (2 semester hours):

  • HDC 582 Research Colloquium: Master’s Project
    OR
  • HDC 584 Comprehensive Exam Preparation
    AND
  • HDC 585 Comprehensive Exam Registration

Supervised clinical experience in an educational setting as defined above (9 semester hours):

  • HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum
  • HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship

An alternative route toward School Counseling Type 73 Certification is available for students without teaching credentials. This route involves taking the following four courses (or equivalent courses) to fulfill required educational experiences:

  • TEP 201 Introduction to Education
  • TEP 222 Child Development for Teachers
  • or TEP 223 Adolescent Development for Teachers
  • EDL 575 Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • TEP 322 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (for elementary)
  • or TEP 314 Curriculum and Instruction (for secondary)

For additional information please contact the School Counseling Area Coordinator, Dr. Jim Klein.

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MARRIAGE, COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELING: This area of study prepares students to provide counseling and consulting services for clients of all ages who are perceived as members of systems.

Required (39 semester hours):

  • HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • HDC 511 Theories of Counseling
  • HDC 512 Pre-practicum
  • HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 530 Community Counseling
  • HDC 534 Introduction to Family Therapy
  • HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR
  • HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • HDC 577 Research Methods

Required specialization course (12 semester hours):

  • HDC 537 Couples Counseling OR HDC 536 Divorce Counseling
  • HDC 545 Sexual Dysfunction and Family Violence
  • HDC 558 Theories of Family Counseling
  • HMS/HDC 567 Models and Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy

Students enrolled in the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling area of study must complete a minimum of 120 hours of direct service in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. Consultation with the MCFC Area Coordinator is required to ensure curricular and clinical experience requirements are met.

Closure Course Requirements (2 semester hours):

  • HDC 582 Research Colloquium: Master’s Project
    OR
  • HDC 584 Comprehensive Exam Preparation
    AND
  • HDC 585 Comprehensive Exam Registration

Supervised clinical experience (9 semester hours):

  • HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum
  • HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship

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