Graduate Behavioral Sciences

Graduates will have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for effective intervention in working with individuals, families, and communities. Each of the graduate faculty hold doctorates and have extensive experience in working with families in churches and social service agencies. Each graduate class is designed to help students master the competencies of an effective practitioner. Curriculum utilized in the graduate program has a strong base in current research and current best practices in the field.

Faculty

  • Beth Robinson, Ed.D.
  • Kaylene Brown, Ph.D.
  • Jonna Byars, Ph.D.
  • Shauna Frisbie, Ed.D.
  • Michael Hardin, Ph.D.
  • Beth Hennington, Ed.D.
  • Chris Hennington, Ph.D.
  • LynnAnne Joiner Lowrie, Ph.D.
  • Carlos Perez, Ph.D.

Degrees

To earn a degree, students must complete the curriculum and meet other requirements for a degree listed in the academic policy section of this catalog.

Certification Program

Master of Science in Human Services

The Master of Science in Human Services is a program offered in an online format.

(36 hours)

Program Core (21 hours)

  • HSC6300  Human Services Theory and Practice
  • HSC6309  Crisis Intervention
  • HSC6310  Social Development of Individuals and Families
  • HSC6323  Family Systems
  • HSC6332  Helping Professions and Public Policy
  • HSC6333  Ethics in the Helping Professions
  • HSC6334  Conflict Resolution

Counseling Specialization (15 hours)

  •  15 hours from COU

Family Life Educator Specialization (15 hours)

  • HSC6301  Marital and Family Education
  • HSC6315  Parent Education
  • HSC6322  Human Sexuality
  • HSC6324  Family Resource Management
  • HSC6390  Family Life Education Practicum

Non-Profit Leadership Specialization (15 hours)

  • HSC6340  Human Resources in Human Services Organizations
  • HSC6342  Development in Human Services
  • HSC6344  Human Services Administration
  • HSC6346  Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HSC6391  Human Services Capstone Project

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a program offered online. This program is designed to prepare students for licensing as a counselor in the State of Texas. The university cannot confirm whether the program meets requirements for licensing in any other state. Students seeking licensing in another state assume responsibility to determine whether the program meets licensing requirements in that state.

(60 hours)

  • COU5310  Individual and Family Lifespan Development
  • COU5314  Assessment of Individuals and Families
  • COU5315  Advanced Assessment
  • COU5320  Research in Counseling
  • COU5340  Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law
  • COU5342  Advanced Ethics
  • COU5353  Psychopathology of Individuals and Families
  • COU5355  Advanced Psychopathology
  • COU5360  Counseling Theory and Practice
  • COU5361  Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling
  • COU5362  Career Counseling
  • COU5363  Group Psychotherapy
  • COU5364  Crisis Counseling
  • COU5381  Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy
  • COU5383  Counseling Children, Adolescents and their Families
  • COU5384  Addictions
  • COU5385  Multicultural Counseling
  • COU5391  Counseling Practicum
  • COU5392  Counseling Internship I
  • COU5393  Counseling Internship II
  • COU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Master of Science in School Counseling

Student must first be admitted to the School of Education using a separate application. Teacher certification, teaching experience, and a criminal background check is required to be certified as a school counselor in Texas. Students from other states should evaluate the program to determine if it is acceptable as preparation for certification in their states.

(36 hours)

  • COU5310  Individual and Family Lifespan Development
  • COU5314  Assessment of Individuals and Families
  • COU5320  Research in Counseling
  • COU5340  Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law
  • COU5343  Introduction to School Counseling
  • COU5360  Counseling Theory and Practice
  • COU5361  Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling
  • COU5362  Career Counseling
  • COU5363  Group Psychotherapy
  • COU5364  Crisis Counseling
  • COU5383  Counseling Children, Adolescents and Their Families
  • COU5391  Counseling Practicum
  • COU6062  Comprehensive Examination

School Counselor Certification

Student must first be admitted to the School of Education using a separate application. Teacher certification, master's degree, teaching experience, and a criminal background check is required to be certified as a school counselor in Texas. Students from other states should evaluate the program to determine if it is acceptable as preparation for certification in their states.

(18 hours)

  • COU5340  Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law
  • COU5343  Introduction to School Counseling
  • COU5362  Career Counseling
  • COU5363  Group Psychotherapy
  • COU5383  Counseling Children, Adolescents and Their Families
  • COU5391  Counseling Practicum