Dallas Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at Argosy University, Dallas is designed to prepare students for the practice of professional counseling. The program promotes the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential to becoming thoughtful, skilled, and ethical professionals who can provide counseling services in a wide variety of government, community, and private settings. Graduates meet the academic requirements for one or more Texas state license exams.
The Argosy University, Dallas Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can be contacted at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703)535-5990.
The Argosy University, Dallas Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program mission is to create a learning environment that promotes academic excellence, professional competence, and personal integrity. We serve a diverse student body from urban, suburban, and rural areas who are intrinsically motivated to help others. The program actively engages faculty and students in the preparation of counselors who meet the needs of a dynamic and diverse community. The purpose of the program is to deliver those core learning experiences established by academic program accrediting and state licensure boards to assure that students completing our program are competent, ethical counselors prepared for post-graduate positions on the path to Professional Counseling licensure.
Eligibility for Licensure
As of the date of this publication, licensure in Texas requires a master’s degree in counseling, successful completion of licensure exams, and 3,000 hours post-master’s supervised work experience. The 60-credit hour MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program includes the required core coursework for licensure.
Students interested in pursuing this licensure will need to complete their degree program, take a Texas jurisprudence exam, pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE), contract with a LPC-Supervisor, and apply for a temporary license (LPC-Intern) in order to be eligible to accumulate their 3,000 hours of supervised post-graduate experience. Much of the supervised experience may be obtained through employment in the field after completing the master’s degree. Licensure regulations are subject to change and are determined by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counseling. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the requirements for professional licensure in the state they wish to practice. Students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the regulations governing professional counselor licensure. These regulations are available directly from the regulatory board:
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3183, USA
Web site: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/
Students are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. Academic advisors are available to discuss matters related to professional development and progress in the program. Students are expected to consult with their advisors regarding course registration, as well as when they have questions and problems in these areas.
Once matriculated into the program, students must remain continuously enrolled for at least 3 credit hours per semester — fall, spring, and summer — unless they formally request a temporary withdrawal through the Student Services Department. Students are expected to remain enrolled full-time (at least 6 credit hours or in practicum) each semester, and should meet with their advisors if they are considering less than full-time enrollment.