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The Department of Counseling has a twofold purpose: First, in keeping with the urban mission of Texas Southern University, the department seeks to prepare master level and doctoral level students to make a significant contribution to the resolution of problems for people living in an urban environment in particular, as well as those attempting to cope with societal demands in non-urban settings.
Second, the department seeks to prepare prospective counselors, classroom teachers, and other professionals with the knowledge and skills essential for an understanding of the individual and his/her educational, vocational, health, and social problems.
Thus, the mission of the Department of Counseling is to prepare counselors, who value equity and equality, to meet the demands of a culturally and linguistically diverse clientele through a special emphasis on knowledge bases and internships in an urban setting.
The Department of Counseling offers three areas of concentration leading to professional certification in School Counseling, for Professional Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling in the public or private sector.
The Community Agency Counseling Track prepares candidates to become Counselors in community agencies and other private sectors.  In addition to completing core counseling courses, candidates are required to complete courses specific to community counseling. This track meets the requirements for the Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Texas, as well as the requirements for the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The School Counseling Track prepares candidates to become Pre K-12 School Counselors. Candidates become familiar with the design and implementation of the comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling model. In addition to core counseling courses, candidates take courses specific to School Counseling. The School Counseling track meets the requirements for the Texas School Counselor Certification.

The Rehabilitation Counseling Track prepares candidates to become Rehabilitation Counselors in either the public state agency or to provide services in the private sector.  Once candidates complete core counseling courses, each are required to complete the appropriate courses relevant to Rehabilitation Counseling. The Rehabilitation Counseling track will allow candidates to qualify to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling examination.

  1. File a degree plan in the Graduate School Office.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English, either by examination or passing the course, English 501 or a GRE verbal score of 550 or more.
  3. Pass the departmental comprehensive examination.
  4. Complete the required 48-54 semester credit hours with a 3.00 average.
  5. Complete a 600 hour Practicum in an approved setting.
  6. File for graduation.
In addition, the Department of Counseling requires that the individual working toward certification* and /or a degree in Counseling shall possess certain qualifications which are considered necessary for school counselors and agency (non-school) counselors. The evaluation of the qualifications of the individuals based on observations of the student by members of the faculty, individual interviews with the student, the results of various standardized tests, and the student's interest in the field.
*A students with a master's degree in an area other than Counseling must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in Counseling to qualify to take the state examination for school counselors.
Doctoral Degree-60 Semester Hours
The Ed.D. in Counselor Education at Texas Southern University prepares students (1) to transmit knowledge; (2) to create knowledge; and , (3) to provide public service. Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions (e.g. community/school counselors, counselor educators, advocates, leaders, consultants, and administrators) which demand a broad spectrum of knowledge and professional skills applicable to a variety of problematic situations.
Students must complete a 600-hour, two-semester counseling internship in an appropriate clinical setting, in addition to a dissertation.
  1. Be admitted unconditionally to the Doctor of Education degree program.
  2. Satisfy residency requirement for two consecutive semesters of full-time, or an approved equivalency.
  3. In addition to the two years of professional experience required for admission, meet the internship requirements of two consecutive semesters, if required, in the degree program.
  4. Satisfy the 60 semester credit hours (SCH), including 6 hours of internship and 6 hours of dissertation within a seven year period.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in English either by examination or passing the course, English 501 or a GRE verbal score of 550 or more if Master's degree was not earned at Texas Southern.
  6. Pass the comprehensive examination.
  7. Be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate degree.
  8. Prepare an acceptable abstract, proposal and dissertation.
  9. Pass a final oral examination. The oral examination will be a defense of the doctoral dissertation and other topics that may be designated by the Dissertation Committee.
  10. Present three approved copies of the doctoral dissertation in the final form and three copies of the abstract to the Graduate Office.
  11. Apply for graduation. 

  Lillian B. Poats
College of Education
  Claudette Ligons
  Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs, COE
  Jessica Davis
  Assistant Dean,
Student Affairs, COE
  Ingrid Haynes-Mays
  Interim Chair,
Curriculum & Instruction
  Candy Ratliff
  Interim Chair,
  Danita Bailey-Perry
  Interim Chair,
Ed. Admin & Foundations
  Dwalah Fisher
  Interim Chair,
Health & Kinesiology