Counseling & Development

Graduate Programs in Counseling & Development

Awareness of mental health issues is increasing, and with that comes a growing need for services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects careers in mental health counseling to grow 19 percent through 2024, much faster than average.

Our program offers professional training and development leading to a master’s degree (M.S.) in counseling and development. Graduates of the counseling and development program are eligible to become certified school counselors in the public school system for grades K-12 and licensed professional counselors in the state of Texas. With this credential, many graduates serve as mental health or career counselors in agencies, private practice, colleges or universities or government settings                     



Why choose our program?

  • CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accreditation for both concentrations (community counseling and school counseling)
  • Opportunities to collaborate with students, including many nontraditional/returning students
  • Smaller class sizes, with more individualized attention and focus by faculty members
  • Evening and weekend classes better accommodate working students’ schedules
  • Faculty mentoring and advising
  • Innovative and creative counseling strategies, including music therapy and play therapy
  • The opportunity to participate in the department’s on-site community-based clinic providing counseling services to the Denton area

Degree Plans and Certification

Our degree programs in community counseling and school counseling are accredited by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

M.S. in Counseling & Development (emphasis in Professional School Counseling)*

Dual degree in Counseling & Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy)

Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling*

*All school counseling applicants must have completed two years of teaching in a public or Texas Education Agency (TEA)-accredited private school.

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.

Face-to-face courses are only offered on the Denton campus.

Admission Requirements

  • The program requires a minimum 3.00 GPA over the last 60 hours of course work. See General Requirements for Graduate Admissions for additional information
  • Participate in Interview Day
  • The Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling option requires a prior master’s degree (certificate option)

How to apply

  • Apply to the university *
  • After you’ve been accepted to the TWU Graduate School, wait for the Department of Family Sciences to extend an invitation to Interview Day. At this event, Counseling & Development faculty will evaluate your candidacy as a major in the program. You will provide a writing sample, conduct an individual interview with faculty and participate in a mock group counseling session. You also will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other applicants.
  • Plan to attend a mandatory orientation during your first semester in the program.

*Application deadlines for the Counseling & Development Program are March 15 for the Fall semester and September 15 for the Spring semester.

Current Student Information

Information and Resources for Current Students

Outcome Data

Annual Outcome Data report

For More Information

Joel Muro, Ph.D., LPC, RPT, NCC
Program Coordinator
WH 104-E

Page last updated 3:30 PM, July 18, 2018