Department of Counseling :: Welcome

empower others as a counselor

A degree in counseling from A&M-Commerce will place you on the path to becoming an effective counselor and prepare you for licensure. Our program will help you meet the needs of the counseling profession and gain the valuable knowledge you’ll need as a clinician, school counselor, educator or practitioner in an ever-changing society.

Within our department, you can earn a M.S., M.Ed or Ph.D. in counseling accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We also offer a bachelor’s degree in human services, LPC licensure and a graduate certificate in chemical dependency counseling.

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Department of Counseling::CACREP

CACREP Accredited

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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is a CHEA-recognized accreditor of counseling programs in the United States. CACREP accredits more than 900 master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and related specialties offered at 400+ colleges and universities across the country.

Yearly Outcome Data

Select a CACREP-accredited degree program below to view accreditation statistics.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)

2020-2021

Number of Graduates

32

Program Completion Rates

Approximately 94% of initially enrolled students persist through graduation, with most completing in 3-4 years, depending upon personal circumstances.

License and Certification Exam Pass Rates

93%

Job Placement Data

Based upon recent surveys of alumni, we estimate that 80% of graduates who seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor earn that credential, with approximately 79% who seek employment in the counsel

2021-2022

Number of Graduates

24

Program Completion Rates

Approximately 95% of initially enrolled students persist through graduation, with most completing in 3-4 years, depending upon personal circumstances.

License and Certification Exam Pass Rates

100%

Job Placement Data

Based upon recent surveys of alumni, we estimate that 95% of graduates who seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor earn that credential, with approximately 95% who seek employment in the counseling field gaining employment within six months of graduation.

School Counseling (MS)

2020-2021

Number of Graduates

18

Program Completion Rates

Approximately 92% of initially enrolled students persist through graduation, with most completing in 3-4 years, depending upon personal circumstances.

License and Certification Exam Pass Rates

100%

Job Placement Data

Based upon recent surveys of alumni, we estimate that approximately 50% who seek employment as professional school counselors are employed as such within six months of graduation.

2021-2022

Number of Graduates

1

Program Completion Rates

Approximately 92% of initially enrolled students persist through graduation, with most completing in 3-4 years, depending upon personal circumstances.

License and Certification Exam Pass Rates

100%

Job Placement Data

Based upon recent surveys of alumni, we estimate that approximately 50% who seek employment as professional school counselors are employed as such within six months of graduation.

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

2020-2021

Number of Graduates

17

Program Completion Rates

Approximately 80% of enrolled students persist through graduation within the maximum time limit permitted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (10 years). Our 6-year completion rate is approximately 60%, with approximately 40% of students graduating within 4.5 years.

License and Certification Exam Pass Rates

100%

Job Placement Data

Based upon recent surveys of alumni, 100% of those who responded and who sought employment in the counseling field reported gaining such employment within six months of graduation.

2021-2022

Number of Graduates

9

Program Completion Rates

Approximately 95% of enrolled students persist through graduation within the maximum time limit permitted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (10 years). Our 6-year completion rate is approximately 70%, with approximately 30% of students graduating within 4.5 years.

License and Certification Exam Pass Rates

100%

Job Placement Data

Based upon recent surveys of alumni, 100% of those who responded and who sought employment in the counseling field reported gaining such employment within six months of graduation.

You may also download the full CACREP vital statistics for A&M-Commerce. If you experience accessibility issues with the document, please contact James Devlin, Ph.D., for assistance.

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LaVelle Hendricks, Ed.D.

Welcome from the Department Head

The Department of Counseling at A&M-Commerce continues a rich tradition of providing our students with a phenomenal learning experience.

Our highly-qualified faculty members stand ready to meet your academic curiosity with a wide range of research interests. We’re passionate about helping you prepare for roles in schools and community agencies, student affairs and counseling in public or private practice.

We welcome you to come join our proud tradition of success.

LaVelle Hendricks, Ed.D.
Department Head and Professor
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Department of Counseling :: Explore Our Programs

Explore Our Programs

Chemical Dependency Counseling Graduate Certificate

This certificate will prepare professionals with the necessary theories, assessments and modalities to counsel, prepare, and implement treatment plans for substance abuse clients, their families, and co-workers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 semesters

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Counseling (MED) Student Affairs Emphasis

Gain employment in the university setting through our student affairs track. A master’s degree in counseling provides the foundation needed to interact with college students on a daily basis.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite, Online
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Counseling (MED/MS)

The Master of Science in Counseling offers an emphasis in School Counseling (51 semester hours) for those seeking certification as a professional school counselor and/or an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 semester hours) for those students desiring licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Both programs include a common core as well as courses specific to each emphasis and now they can be obtained together: School Counselor + LPC. The Master of Education in Counseling is a 36-semester hour program designed for those students who plan to work in college and university student affairs, but prefer a counseling foundation in their preparation. Graduates of this program typically seek employment in student activities, career services, academic advising, Greek affairs, recruiting and admissions, residence life, and other departments and offices within the student affairs division of community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite, Online
Duration

1 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

30-60 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Counseling (MS) Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis

Our CACREP-accredited clinical mental health counseling track prepares you to serve as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. You’ll serve clientele with different mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties as well as couples counseling.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC)
Duration

2.5 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

60 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Counseling (MS) School Counseling Emphasis

Our CACREP-accredited school counseling track prepares you to provide guidance and counseling to students of all ages. You must hold a valid teaching certificate and two years of full-time teaching experience to qualify for this program. When you graduate, you’ll be certified as a Professional School Counselor.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC)
Duration

2 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

51 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Counseling (MS) School Counseling Emphasis with LPC

Help your school and community as a Licensed Professional Counselor with this CACREP-accredited track. Learn the importance of group dynamics, family therapies and diverse assessments through our comprehensive program.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC)
Duration

2.5 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online)
Total Credit Hours

60 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Human Services (BA/BS)

A bachelor’s degree in human services from A&M-Commerce will put you on course for a wide range of occupations with foundations in counseling.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

BA requires foreign language credit

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Professional Counseling Licensure (LPC)

This certificate will prepare professionals with the necessary theories, assessments and modalities to counsel, prepare, and implement treatment plans for substance abuse clients, their families, and co-workers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite
Duration

2 semesters

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Counseling::Clinics

Clinics

We operate clinics to provide professional and affordable counseling services to the community while facilitating real-world training opportunities for our post-baccalaureate students.

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Department of Counseling :: Clinical Applications

Clinical applications

Find information and resources related to your degree’s clinical application requirements in the university guidebook.

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Department of Counseling :: Featured News

News Spotlights

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Department of Counseling :: Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Department

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Department of Counseling :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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