Most organizations that employ counseling psychologists in Texas require them to have a minimum of a graduate degree to be considered for professional licensure. Colleges in Texas offer a variety of graduate counseling psychology degrees, which we have listed below. Contact those schools offering PhD and Master's of Counseling psychology listed below to learn more about your options for study.
Most Texas schools usually require many or all of the following before accepting a student into a counseling psychology graduate degree program:
- Completion of a bachelor degree
- Transcripts from previous colleges showing an acceptable grade point average
- A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination
- Letters of recommendation from previous instructors or employers
- An application, essay and interview with the head of the counseling psychology program
You can plan to spend anywhere from two to six years completing your graduate degree in counseling psychology. The typical graduate degree program in counseling psychology requires successful completion of any or all of the following coursework:
- Psychological Statistics
- Individual Counseling Theories
- Group Counseling Skills
- Ethics in Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
This list represents just a small sample of graduate level coursework, as many of your additional courses will be determined by the psychology program in Texas that you choose to attend, along with any specialty focus you decide upon. Many students choose to go on to a doctoral program due to intense competition for available positions.
Licensing Requirements for Counseling Psychologists in Texas
The licensing program for prospective and future counselors is handled by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Applicants must complete the following requirements in order to earn the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC):
- Graduate degree or higher in professional counseling from an accredited college that includes completion of 48 semester hours of related coursework
- 300 hours of a supervised practicum with at least 100 hours of direct client interaction
- Coursework requirements must include the following disciplines: psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage & family therapy, guidance and counseling
- 3,000 hours of post-master supervised experience with 1,500 hours of direct contact with clients
- Supervisor must hold LPC credential and be approved by the State Board
- Passing score on the National Counseling Exam and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam
Career Outlook for Counseling Psychologists in Texas
The State Occupational and Wage Estimates for Texas released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2013 indicates a median annual wage in Texas for clinical, counseling and school psychologists of $62,160. The job classification for all other types of psychologists indicated an annual salary of $86,150. Jobs under the classification of mental health counselors showed $43,290 for an average yearly salary. The field of psychological counseling as a whole is predicted to be in high demand for at least the next seven years.
If you are ready to enter this field and make a difference in the lives of Texans, contact the schools offering counseling psych degrees to learn more.
Counseling Psychology Degree Programs
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