Stephen F. Austin State University

Professional Counseling

SFASU Counselor Education Program Mission Statement

The mission of the SFASU Counselor Education Program is to provide quality master's level training in order to develop highly qualified counselors who demonstrate a strong professional identity, engage in ethical and competent practice, and are effective in serving a diverse population.


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 specialize 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% 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.

Accreditation Data for Public Review

CACREP 2020 Vital Statistics Report

CACREP 2019 Vital Statistics Report

CACREP 2018 Vital Statistics Report

CACREP 2017 Vital Statistics Report

CACREP 2016 Vital Statistics Report

Accountability Reports

Accountability Report 2020-2021

Accountability Report 2019-2020

Accountability Report 2018-2019

Accountability Report 2017-2018

Core Curriculum

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.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Webpage
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.

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Webpage
The 60-hour CACREP accredited program is a dual credentialing program leading to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Students are prepared to work with consumers with psychiatric, developmental, cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities in different rehabilitation agencies. SFASU Rehabilitation Counseling graduates work in public and private rehabilitation settings. In addition to the core curriculum, Rehabilitation Students also take: Medical Orientation to Counseling and Psychosocial Aspects of Counseling.

School Counseling Webpage
The 60-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.

Applying to the Counselor Education Program

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Counselor Education Program are required to have a minimum 2.8 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. If a student does not meet the GPA requirement, but has a significant professional work history, provisional admission to the program may be considered.

Application Deadlines

All application materials (for the Graduate School and the Program) must be received by the Counselor Education Admissions Committee prior to following deadlines:

Fall admission - March 15
Spring admission - October 1
Summer admission - March 15

Applications that are not complete by the above stated deadlines may not be considered for enrollment until the following semester.

Incomplete applications are denied after 90 days and require the applicant to reapply.

Application Procedures

As of March 1, 2015, the GRE will no longer be required as a part of the program application.

The application process involves three steps:

Before your application to the Counselor Education Program can be considered, we require the following:

To the Graduate School
  1. Application to the Graduate School - Apply online
  2. A $50 application fee paid online or mailed
  3. Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended

Graduate School Application, application fee, and transcripts are to be sent to:

Graduate School
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13024
SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
To the Counselor Education Program Admissions Committee
  1. Do not submit application materials in any type of folder or portfolio.
  2. 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 counseling profession?
    • What are your professional goals upon obtaining your master's degree in counseling?
  3. Three letters of recommendation along with the Counselor Education Program Recommendation Form. One letter should be from a professional in the field of counseling, if possible. Letters will not be accepted from pastors, family members, or social acquaintances. Recommendation Form
  4. Current resume
  5. Personal Data Form

Program application materials should be mailed to:

Counselor Education Application Committee Chair
P.O. Box 13019
SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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