The SFASU Counselor Education Program has a long history of successfully training counselors to serve in a variety of settings across the state and the nation. The program consists of a core training in professional counseling in which students can choose to major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Rehabilitation Counseling. Our program meets the highest national standards for the training of professional counselors as evidenced by our accreditations through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Programs (CACREP), Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our graduates are the candidates of choice for many employers in the area and in the state.
We pride ourselves in knowing our students as individuals and providing exceptional training and supervision. The program has an impressive record of 100% passing rate on state licensure and certification exams and 100% placement rate of our graduates. At the conclusion of the program, students take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, a standardized national exam. Our student scores are consistently at or above the national mean.
Courses in the core curriculum taken by all students include: Introduction to Counseling, Theories of Counseling, Skills and Techniques in Counseling, Seminar in Counseling Research, Assessment in Counseling, Lifespan Development, Mental Health Counseling, Group Counseling, Vocational and Educational Information, Multicultural Counseling, Family Counseling, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Practicum, and Internship.
All students complete a 100-hour internship by seeing clients in the SFASU Counseling Clinic. Upon successful completion of Practicum, students complete a 600-hour internship in a community, school, or rehabilitation setting.
All students must complete a undergraduate General Psychology course and an Abnormal Psychology course prior to admission or in the first two semesters after admission. In addition to those courses, Rehabilitation Counseling students must have Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Evaluation and Job Placement of Persons with Severe Disabilities, and Rehabilitation of Individuals with Severe Disabilities. School Counseling students must have Survey of Exceptionalities or Trends in Educating Exceptional Children.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
The 60 hour CACREP accredited program prepares individuals for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. With this credential, professionals are licensed to work in hospitals, state agencies, private practices, clinics, and non-profit organizations. In addition to the core courses listed above, CMHC students also take: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Seminar: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.
The 48 hour CACREP and NCATE accredited program is a dual credentialing program leading to the Certified School Counselor (CSC) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of credentialing requirements, professionals are eligible to work in Texas public schools or any of the settings in which an LPC can be employed. In order to obtain the CSC credentials, individuals must be a certified teacher with a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience. Applicants must already hold teaching credentials prior to being admitted to the program. Students are discouraged from entering the graduate program during their first year of teaching. In addition to the core curriculum courses, students also take: The School Counselor and School Counseling Programs.
This 48-hour CORE accredited program is a dual credentialing program leading to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). SFASU Rehabilitation Counseling graduates are highly sought after to work in State agencies and other rehabilitation settings. The program has been awarded a federal training grant that provides financial support for a limited number of students in the program. In addition to the core curriculum, Rehabilitation Students also take: Medical Orientation to Counseling and Psychosocial Aspects of Counseling.
APPLICATION TO COUNSELING PROGRAMS INFORMATION:
All admission materials must be received by the Counselor Education Admissions Committee prior to following deadlines:
Fall admission - July 1
Spring admission - Nov. 1
Summer admission - April 1
Before your admission to the counselor education program can be considered, we require the following:
To the Graduate School
1. Application to the Graduate School with all transcripts. Apply on line at
2. A $25.00 application fee.
3. Verbal and Quantitative Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Graduate School Application, Application Fee, Transcript, and GRE Scores are to be sent to the Graduate School, Stephen F. Austin State University, P.O. Box 13024, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.
To the Counselor Education Program Admissions Committee
1. Autobiographical letter of application - Your responses to the following questions should total 2-4 pages typed and double-spaced.
Why did you choose counseling as a possible career and what life experiences have led you to your decision to enter the helping profession?
Each person has people who are important and whose feelings and opinions are valued. Tell something about your "reference group" (those people who are valued), and indicate who they are and how they have affected you.
2. Three letters of recommendation along with the Counselor Education Programs Recommendation Form (rec form) One letter should be from a professional in the field of counseling, if possible.
3. Current Resume
Please return your autobiographical letter, three letters of recommendation and SFASU Recommendation Forms, resume, and Personal Data Form to:
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson
Stephen F. Austin State University
Department of Human Services
Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3019
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND HIGHER EDUCATIONThe Master of Arts degree program in Student Affairs and Higher Education provides a strong foundation in the profession and practice of student affairs. It offers opportunities to develop expertise in the various areas of Student Affairs. Students gain knowledge regarding programming, student activities, program evaluation and assessment along with administration, finance, and legal and ethical standards. Students learn about the developmental stages of college students and ways to enhance the college experience. The fieldwork component of the program offers students the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
Candidates in the master's program in Student Affairs and Higher Education complete a 42 hour curriculum which includes at least 24 credit hours in counseling areas related to student affairs such as substance abuse counseling, basic skills and advanced human growth and development, 15 credit hours of course work specific to student affairs such as leadership and administration in student affairs, the contemporary college student and professional seminar in student affairs, and 3 credit hours of practicum. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings and online to accommodate students who are working and/or commuting to Nacogdoches.
The practicum can be completed in a variety of areas within the field of student affairs. Students are encouraged to select an area compatible with their career goals and interests. Settings available for internship include Campus Recreation, Student Activities, Financial Aid, International Student Office, Admissions, and Residence Life.
Post Graduate Employment Opportunities:
Students who complete the Master's Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education are prepared to work in both public and private colleges and universities. The program emphasis on life long learning, wellness and adjustment issues in college students and program evaluation are issues where knowledge is beneficial in numerous areas within the field. The fieldwork experience allows students the opportunity to apply what they are learning within the field. This experience helps students to be prepared for various job opportunities.
The mission of the Student Affairs and Higher Education Masters Program is to develop and provide education, research, and community services that lead to leadership and practice that is in the forefront of the student affairs field.
The Student Affairs and Higher Education Program strives to achieve the following objectives:
A. To emphasize the acquisition of competencies in the broad field of Student Affairs.
B. To train students to be practitioners who will be equipped with skills to work in a diverse and global environment.
C. To train students in the effective delivery of services for individuals with physical, mental, and social impairments.
D. To provide students a knowledge and foundation of administrative responsibilities common in Student Affairs
E. To provide the skills for students to be able to make ethical choices within the field of Student Affairs.
An undergraduate degree in rehabilitation services, psychology, sociology, or other related human services fields provides strong academic preparation for the program. However, students with other majors are also encouraged and accepted into the program.
- The admission requirement for the SFASU Graduate School includes an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, exclusive of freshman level courses.
- Submission of GRE scores (Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempted from the GRE).
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement of career goals
- Personal Data Form
Application To Student Affairs Process
Fall admission July 1
Spring admission November 1
Summer admission April 1
Before your admission to the Student Affairs program can be considered, we require the following:
To the Graduate School
Application to the Graduate School with all transcripts. Apply on line at:
- A $25.00 application fee.
- Verbal and Quantitative Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (If GPA is less than a 3.0)
- Graduate School Application, Application Fee, Transcript, and GRE Scores are to be sent to the Graduate School, Stephen F. Austin State University, P.O. Box 13024, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.
To the Student Affairs Admissions Committee
(Mail to Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, PO Box 13019, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962)
- Personal Statement of Career Goals
- Three letters of recommendation along with the Student Affairs Recommendation Form
- Personal Data Form
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