COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences – Graduate and Certificate Programs

A number of graduate offerings in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences are offered in Louisiana Tech’s Academic Success Center in Bossier City as well as on the Ruston campus. General questions may be directed to Jamie Thomas or Dr. Donna Thomas at 318.257.5066. Specific questions about programs may be directed to the respective program coordinators.

Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.)

We believe you have made a wise choice to pursue your graduate education with us. We take pride in our graduates and the impact they have on the counseling profession throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond.

The foundations of the profession are deeply rooted in social justice, wellness, and unconditional positive regard. The training of new professionals is a journey that requires acquisition of academic knowledge, demonstration of counseling skills, and personal growth. Indeed, it is unusual for a student to complete a counseling program without some level of personal introspection and reflection.

Our counseling program strives to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment with the expectation that faculty and students will be aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences. The next two to three years of your life will be filled with many challenges. Congratulations on your decision to enter the highly respected and noble profession of counseling.

The Counseling and Guidance program offers both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling career options for those interested in becoming a professional counselor. The curriculum in School Counseling has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Education for certification. The curriculum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares candidates for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations of the Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance are 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). Additionally, both programs have been approved by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Regents. The School Counseling concentration also is accredited by NCATE.

Counseling and Guidance: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling (MA)

We take pride in our graduates and the impact they have on the counseling profession throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond. The foundations of the profession are deeply rooted in social justice, wellness, and unconditional positive regard. The training of new professionals is a journey that requires acquisition of academic knowledge, demonstration of counseling skills, and personal growth. Indeed, it is unusual for a student to complete a counseling program without some level of personal introspection and reflection.

Our counseling program strives to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment with the expectation that faculty and students will be aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences. The next two to three years of your life will be filled with many challenges. Congratulations on your decision to enter the highly respected and noble profession of counseling.

The curriculum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares candidates for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations of the Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance are 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). Additionally, both programs have been approved by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Regents. The School Counseling concentration is accredited by NCATE.

Additionally, the counseling program also offers a degree in Human Services for individuals who desire to enhance their understanding of individuals and skill set for providing assistance, but who do not desire to pursue licensure or certification as a counselor.

Note: All required courses for the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations are offered on the Ruston campus and on the campus at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB).

Contact

Dr. Donna Thomas
dthomas@latech.edu
318.257.5066

Admission

All applicants to all graduate programs in the College of Education must meet the minimum requirements for admission by the Louisiana Tech University Graduate School. Applications must be made through the Graduate School online.

It is recommended that applicants to the Master of Arts Counseling and Guidance (MACG) Program hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution or have passed a minimum of (9) hours of psychology courses and (3) hours of psychology statistics. Minimally, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Requirements

For admission for Fall 2012 and thereafter, students must meet published minimum GPA requirements and the following GRE Revised General requirements:

  • Unconditional: combined V and Q = 287 and neither Q nor V score may be less than 142.
  • Conditional: combined V and Q = 283-286 and neither Q nor V score may be less than 141.

GRE General Scores (old scale) will be converted to the GRE Revised General Scores.

Note: Official documentation of GRE scores must be provided at time of application. Only scores that are five (5) years old, or less, are acceptable.

Deadlines

Admissions to the M.A. Counseling & Guidance Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs will now be on a quarterly basis. Complete applicant packets for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling for Spring Quarter admission must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Admission – July 31
  • Winter Admission – Oct. 31
  • Spring Admission – Jan. 31
  • Summer Admission – April 30

Applicant interviews will be scheduled in the month following the admissions deadline. Specific dates and times will be emailed to prospective candidates.

Notification

Admission to the counseling program and each program concentration is selective and requires minimum admission requirements (GPA, GRE, letters, etc.) as well a favorable evaluation by the Graduate Admissions Panel. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in a timely manner. Please Note: Acceptance into the graduate school does not constitute acceptance into the program.

Requirements

Students in the program must complete a total of 60 credit hours of coursework, and maintain an up-to-date plan of study on file with the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Studies. Part of the course work includes a 100 clock-hour practicum and a 600 clock-hour internship in a mental health setting. Students are required to pass their comprehensive examination prior to enrolling in practicum.

During the first quarter at Louisiana Tech, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students must attend mandatory orientation.

Students who have completed all required coursework must pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The program has a specific comprehensive exam based on information taught from the core classes for that program. Students must register for the comprehensive exam by adding a class to their schedule on BOSS. Please consult with your academic advisor for more information on scheduling your comprehensive examination.

Practicum and Internship

Eligibility for admission to Clinical Mental Health Practicum (COUN 534), and/or Internship (COUN 535) includes successful completion of all core course credits, successful completion of the comprehensive exam, a minimum GPA of 3.0, membership in a professional organization (i.e., American Counseling Association) for liability insurance, and the approval of the core counseling faculty. This request is submitted in the form of an Application for Field Experience which must be completed at the beginning of the term prior to that in which the field experience is sought. Once the application is submitted, core faculty will meet and verify that the student is ready for practicum and internship. Faculty meets in the sixth week of every quarter. The student will then be notified by their advisor once the faculty has made a decision. Site must also be approved by the faculty advisor before enrolling in a Practicum or Internship. Practicum requires one hundred hours completed in a clinical setting. Six hundred hours of internship is required in a clinical setting. For more detailed information on Practicum and Internship, please refer to Section V: Practicum/Internship of the handbook.

Curriculum description

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Counseling and Guidance: Human Services (MA)

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance degree with a Human Services concentration is intended for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of counseling and psychology, who work in human service agencies, or desire to provide human services to communities, but who do not wish to work as a professional counselor or professional social worker or seek licensure. Human service jobs primarily consist of two types: those where the human service worker provides direct services to clients and those where the worker provides administrative assistance to the agency that provides those services.

This human services concentration prepares human services workers to serve individuals, families, groups, communities and provide other functions required to support human services organizations. The proposed core curriculum for this track will teach students the basics of relating to others, human development and the accompanying life stages, working with a diverse clientele, ethical responsibilities, theories and historical perspectives of counseling, and general principles of guidance services.

Students will be allowed some approved elective choices in required coursework to fit their needs. These elective courses will prepare them in research, leadership, helping others and organizational and personnel issues. Graduates from this concentration in Human Services may go on to pursue careers in Social and Community Service Management, Elderly Service Management, Human Resources Management, etc.

Note: All required courses for the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations are offered on the Ruston campus and on the campus at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB).

Contact

Dr. Mary Livingston
maryml@latech.edu
318.257.2292

Admission

All applicants to all graduate programs in the College of Education must meet the minimum requirements for admission by the Louisiana Tech University Graduate School. Applications must be made through the Graduate School online

It is recommended that applicants to the Master of Arts Counseling and Guidance (MACG) Program hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution or have passed a minimum of nine hours of psychology courses and three hours of psychology statistics. Minimally, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Requirements

For admission for Fall 2012 and thereafter, students must meet published minimum GPA requirements and the following GRE Revised General requirements:

  • Unconditional: combined V and Q = 287 and neither Q nor V score may be less than 142.
  • Conditional: combined V and Q = 283-286 and neither Q nor V score may be less than 141.

GRE General Scores (old scale) will be converted to the GRE Revised General Scores.

Note: Official documentation of GRE scores must be provided at time of application. Only scores that are five (5) years old, or less, are acceptable.

Deadlines

Admissions to the M.A. Counseling and Guidance Human Services program are open for each quarter.

Notification

Admission to the counseling program and each program concentration is selective and requires minimum admission requirements (GPA, GRE, letters, etc.) as well a favorable evaluation by the Graduate Admissions Panel. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in a timely manner. Please Note: Acceptance into the graduate school does not constitute acceptance into the program.

Requirements

Students in the Human Services concentration must complete a total of 33 credit hours of approved coursework and maintain an up-to-date plan of study on file with the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Studies. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation.

Practicum and Internship

Eligibility for admission to Clinical Mental Health Practicum (COUN 534), and/or Internship (COUN 535) includes successful completion of all core course credits, successful completion of the comprehensive exam, a minimum GPA of 3.0, membership in a professional organization (i.e., American Counseling Association) for liability insurance, and the approval of the core counseling faculty. This request is submitted in the form of an Application for Field Experience which must be completed at the beginning of the term prior to that in which the field experience is sought. Once the application is submitted, core faculty will meet and verify that the student is ready for practicum and internship. Faculty meets in the sixth week of every quarter. The student will then be notified by their advisor once the faculty has made a decision. Site must also be approved by the faculty advisor before enrolling in a Practicum or Internship. Practicum requires one hundred hours completed in a clinical setting. Six hundred hours of internship is required in a clinical setting. For more detailed information on Practicum and Internship, please refer to Section V: Practicum/Internship of the handbook.

Curriculum Description

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MA)

Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior in the workplace. The M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is designed to prepare students to work in areas relating to applied behavioral science in organizations and business. This program will provide students with a rigorous understanding of employment law, training and development strategies, leadership and decision making, organizational psychology theory, research methods, and statistics.

In the workplace, graduates will have the skills to apply a knowledge of behavioral theory, practical knowledge gained through diverse experiences, and research practices to providing direction for organizational leadership. Whether motivating employees, nurturing strong leadership, cultivating diversity, or managing organizational change, our graduates have the skills necessary to be effective, scientist-practitioners of the behavioral sciences in the workplace.

Contact

Dr. Frank Igou
figou@latech.edu
318.257.5455

Admission

All students seeking admission to the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Louisiana Tech University must meet the guidelines established for admission by the College of Education and the Louisiana Tech Graduate School.

An undergraduate degree in psychology is recommended, but not required. Incoming students are expected to have a grasp of the fundamentals of social sciences and basic statistics.

Requirements

The requirements for completing the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology have been designed to provide students with general professional knowledge and skills related to their chosen area of study.

Specific requirements are:

  • Completion of all coursework listed on the Plan of Study with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Satisfactory performance on an internship.
  • Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination.
  • Registration for graduation by the designated University deadline.

All students seeking admission to the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Louisiana Tech University must meet the guidelines established for admission by the College of Education and the Louisiana Tech Graduate School.

An undergraduate degree in psychology is recommended, but not required. Incoming students are expected to have a grasp of the fundamentals of social sciences and basic statistics.

Curriculum Description

 

Graduate Certificate: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences in partnership with the School of Human Ecology offers a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in the Dynamics of Domestic and Family Violence. The certificate is an on-line program designed to foster the development of skills related to domestic violence issues or contact with victims, their families, or perpetrators of domestic violence.

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Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.): Orientation and Mobility Concentration

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Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.): Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind Concentration

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