Graduate opportunities

You can pursue program tracks in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. Each program meets academic specifications for state certification as a school counselor or licensure as a professional counselor.

Our programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (1001 North Fairfax St., Suite 510; Alexandria, Va. 22314; telephone 703- 535-5990). This accreditation means our programs meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

Gain new perspectives

Many of our faculty members are renowned experts in the field. They’ve earned recognition from the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Texas Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. Their research interests include:

  • Counseling methods and techniques
  • Current issues in the discipline
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Theoretical perspectives

More targeted research has been conducted on suicide prevention, mental health services for low-income clients, counseling and play therapy in schools, near-death experiences and spiritual transformation. We also have received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Outstanding Program Award, and its Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award multiple times.

Program tracks

School counseling (offered at Denton/Frisco)

This track prepares you to become a school counselor for children in preschool through 12th grade. You’ll become familiar with school counseling and guidance services, and develop better self-understanding and the competencies of professional school counselors.

Clinical mental health counseling (offered at Denton/Frisco)

This track prepares you for counseling positions in college and university mental health centers, private counseling agencies, drug abuse centers, child protective services, child counseling clinics, family counseling centers, pastoral counseling settings, and business and industry. This track gives you the opportunity to counsel a broad range of clients. You’ll choose to specialize in work with children, adolescents, college populations or adults.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Program admission is competitive. Provisional admission requirements are:

  • Completed program admission application
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 overall or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of coursework
  • Submitted GRE scores with no minimum required score (for holistic review and scholarship competition)
  • Three reference evaluation forms provided by the program
  • One-page, typed writing sample

After attending the orientation meeting and completing a group interview, the Master’s Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of all applicants. You’ll receive a letter regarding admission within one month of the orientation and interview. If you’re granted provisional admission, you should contact the counseling program for academic advising before registration.

Degree requirements

M.Ed. degree (school counseling tracks) and M.S. degree (clinical mental health counseling and school counseling tracks)

  • 33 semester hours of required counseling coursework
  • 27 semester hours of coursework in the program track
  • 100-hour practicum
  • 600-hour internship

*M.S. degree requires the student to pass a comprehensive exam (written, oral or both).

Financial assistance

Our department funds several scholarships to help you pursue a graduate degree. For more information on scholarships, visit our website. Information about other financial assistance programs is available at the Graduate School's website or the Financial Aid website.

Counseling program services

Counseling and Human Development Center

The center offers individual counseling as well as couple, family and group counseling. Low-cost counseling services are provided by counselors-in- training under a faculty member’s supervision using the latest in audiovisual technology.

Child and Family Resource Clinic

The clinic provides diagnostic and remedial services to children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing difficulties at home or school. Graduate students acquire valuable field experience by providing the clinic’s low-cost services under a faculty member’s supervision.

Center for Play Therapy

The center encourages children’s development and emotional growth through play therapy, a dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a trained therapist. The center provides training, research, publications, counseling services and scholarships, and it acts as a clearinghouse for literature in the field.

Consortium for Animal-Assisted Therapy

The consortium trains professionals and volunteers to work with their pets to facilitate the mental health, well-being and development of adults, adolescents and children through positive human- animal interactions. Workshops and courses are offered throughout the year.

Continuing education opportunities

Each year, our program offers conferences where nationally known speakers present current perspectives on counseling issues. Licensed professional counselors, nationally certified counselors and licensed chemical dependency counselors may earn continuing education credit by attending these conferences:

  • Animal-assisted therapy training workshops (September and April)
  • Institute in Counselor Supervision (January or February)
  • Play Therapy Conference (October)
  • Summer Play Therapy Institute (July)

Faculty

Caitlyn Bennett, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Central Florida. Neurofeedback training for anxiety, depression and stress for college students.

Angie Cartwright, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Sam Houston State University. Underserved populations in counseling and counselor education including legal offenders, single-parent families and communities of color.

Peggy Ceballos, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of North Texas. Effectiveness of CPRT on immigrant Latino parents and their children.

Cynthia Chandler, Professor; Ed.D., Texas Tech University. Animal-assisted therapy; biofeedback therapy; women’s emotional health; counseling supervision.

Kimberly King, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Ed.D., University Of North Texas. Play therapy, clinical supervision, group and assessments.

Leslie Jones, Clinical Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Play therapy; expressive arts; supervised practice.

Dan Li, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Relational dynamics of clinical supervision using innovative, statistical methods; professional development of international counseling students and faculty; well-being of adopted youth.

Natalya Lindo, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Georgia State University. Career development and life planning; counselor supervision; filial therapy; play therapy; teacher-child relationship building.

Agnes Luo, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Technology use in counseling and counselor education, social media identity distress and trauma.

Michael Maxwell, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Sam Houston State University. Multiple heritage population; adolescent development; school counselor advocacy; training and interventions; multicultural counseling appreciation and sensitivity; middle school to high school student transition; developing resiliency in at-risk clients and sports counseling.

Dee Ray, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. School counseling; play therapy; counselor supervision.

Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, Professor; Ph.D., University of South Carolina. Evidence-based school counseling practice.

LaKaavia Taylor, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Social-emotional competencies of African American children; impact of child-centered play therapy.