The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) prepares students to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or both.
The Counseling program is designed to serve students who range in life experiences. This is reflective of the community they will ultimately serve. Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches for treating mental health, from the latest research on the relationship between neuroscience and mental health to eastern philosophies and treatments that have been practiced for thousands of years. Students benefit from an experiential curriculum, accomplished faculty comprised of working mental health professionals and innovative electives, such as art therapy, mindfulness, and dealing with PTSD.
The MAC is typically completed in about three years, with three semesters a year and two classes per semester for 10 semesters. Students can also complete the program in about two years if they elect to take three classes per semester for seven semesters.
Please note: The Master of Arts in Counseling program at St. Edward's is seeking accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The process involves an extensive program evaluation, examination of faculty qualifications and a review of current program objectives to ensure educational quality. The tentative timeline for submission of CACREP application is September 2017 with review and anticipated approval to follow by July 2018.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).
CORE COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS) Required for both concentrations:
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH CONCENTRATION (33 CREDIT HOURS): The following courses, in addition to the nine core courses, are required for the Clinical Mental Health concentration:
One practicum course and two internship courses are also required. These courses must be taken during the last three semesters:
Total Hours: 60
For more information, see this summary of MAC degree plans. To help plan your degree, you can use the degree worksheet for the Clinical Mental Health concentration.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST CONCENTRATION (33 CREDIT HOURS): The following courses, in addition to the nine core courses, are required for the Marriage and Family Therapist concentration:
One practicum course and two internship courses are required. These courses must be taken during the last three semesters:
Total Hours: 60
For more information, see this summary of MAC degree plans. To help plan your degree, you can use the degree worksheet for the Marriage and Family Therapist concentration.
As a part of the program’s philosophy and educational training program, you’ll participate in training experiences that encourage self-growth. These exercises may require an appropriate degree of self-disclosure, which you won’t be graded on. This confidential information will not be discussed outside of the classroom.
Dr. Bill McHenry is an associate professor of counseling and chair of the department of counseling and college student development. Dr. McHenry is an LPC in Texas as well as a NCC. He has worked with clients across the spectrum ranging in age from 3 to 96. Dr. McHenry has provided professional counseling in a variety of settings including schools, mental health agencies, community counseling clinics, rehabilitation agencies and college counseling centers. Dr. McHenry is the co-author of six books on counseling and 18 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has presented at the international, national, regional and state levels on numerous different counseling topics.
Currently, Dr. McHenry is working on his next book in the area of Human Growth and Development along with an article on the neurobiological implications of music therapy on clients brains and clinical implications.
Throughout his career, Dr. McHenry has taught nearly every course in a standard counseling program. Among his favorites are addiction counseling, play therapy, skills and techniques and counseling theories. (CV)
Dr. Melissa Alvarado is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and College Student Development. She also serves as the Practicum/Internship Coordinator for the Counseling Program.
Dr. Alvarado is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor in Texas. Most of her clinical work has been with adolescent and adult survivors of trauma. She is an active member of many professional counseling associations and regularly presents at national, regional, and state conferences. Her research interests include positive youth development, supervision best practices, yoga and mental health, and counselor self-care.
In 2017, she was awarded the Humanistic Clinician Award by the Association for Humanistic Counseling. This award recognizes a clinician who holds a notable humanistic philosophy of counseling that resulted in an impact on their community or clients.
Dr. Alvarado has taught various classes among the counseling curriculum. Her favorite classes to teach are Professional Orientation, Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Assessment Techniques. (CV)
Dr. David Carrington is an assistant professor of counseling and holds a LMFT-S license in Texas. He received his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and MS in Human Services: Marriage, Couples, Families Counseling/Therapy from Capella University’s CACREP programs, and he earned a BA from Howard Payne University. For the last ten years, Dr. Carrington has worked in a number of positions across Central Texas that include private practice, community mental health, rural community counseling, intensive outpatient programs, and psychopharmacological clinical trials. He has presented at state and international conferences, and Dr. Carrington continues to train other professionals in the mental health fields as a supervisor and consultant. His research interests include the intersection of technology and counseling, qualitative research in the behavioral sciences, and post-modern thought and its impact on counseling praxis. Dr. Carrington is currently working on an article on social media and counselor educators and a guidebook for parents on social media. His favorite courses to teach involve systems and counseling theories, child and adolescent counseling, and family therapy. (CV)
Dr. Ellen Melton is an assistant professor of counseling. Dr. Melton has been a professor in psychology and counselor educator for over 14 years. She is an LPC and an LPC Supervisor. Dr. Melton maintains a private practice where she sees clients with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues and concerns. In addition, she also supervises LPC-Interns during the completion of their licensing journey.
Dr. Melton created a 40-hour LPC/LMFT Board Approved training program for supervisors in both disciplines and has trained hundreds of supervisors in the state of Texas. Dr. Melton has a book chapter on the legal and ethical issues involved in psychological testing and assessment.
In future research Dr. Melton would like to study counseling experience, counseling relationships, and counselor preparation.
In her years of teaching and instruction, Dr. Melton has taught across the curriculum in psychology and counseling and continues to enjoy teaching as a way to help pay forward what her education and training as done for her. Among her favorite courses are research, assessment, abnormal psychology, and psychopathology. (CV)
Dr. Kerrie Taylor is an assistant professor of counseling and a licensed professional counselor. She received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Florida and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Idaho State University. She has worked with clients across the life span, while specializing in counseling adults with severe and persistent mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system and adults with co-occurring disorders. Dr. Taylor also enjoys collaborating with interdisciplinary professionals for research, education, and advocacy efforts. She has presented at several national, state, and local conferences on topics including neuroscience, pedagogy, integrating technology with clinical supervision, and frequently facilitates professional trainings.
Dr. Taylor currently has articles in submission to national journals and is drafting an article regarding ethical gatekeeping practices in counselor education. Her current research interests include critical pedagogical interventions, gatekeeping practices in counselor education, technology in the classroom and supervision, and ethical decision-making. Dr. Taylor is an enthusiastic researcher, and is particularly interested in qualitative methodologies and mixed-method studies. She has experience teaching classes across the mental health core curriculum and particularly enjoys teaching diagnosis, ethics, and techniques. (CV)
The professional mental health counseling programs at St. Edward’s University educate, train, and prepare highly skilled, ethical, compassionate mental health professionals grounded in humanistic values that focus on prevention, wellness, personal growth, and a commitment to respecting and promoting human dignity.
Our programs emphasize the client-counselor relationship, creative and experiential modalities, and our curriculum reflects multiple and varied theoretical perspectives with guidance to support students in developing their own framework for community and clinical practice.
Our programs create a transformative environment which allows students to enter their field with an understanding of their own social locations and the role of power, privilege, and difference within institutional, social, intimate, and therapeutic relationships.
St. Edward’s University has a commitment to social justice which is embodied and embraced across the curriculum in content such as counseling with diverse populations, pro-social autonomy across the lifespan, and community/professional advocacy for the populations we serve. These ideals and many more are fostered within a dynamic, multi-modal learning setting in which critical thinking and the creation and integration of knowledge and experience are celebrated.
St. Edward’s Master of Arts in Counseling graduate programs take pride in creating life-long learners.
The MAC program courses are taught in multiple formats. Some classes are taught face-to-face, others are taught in a blended format. Face-to-face classes meet once per week each week of the semester. Blended classes are taught using a model that incorporates both face-to-face classes as well as on-line instruction. Blended classes are typically taught at a ratio of 65–75% face-to-face and the remaining part on-line. The MSAC program uses CANVAS as the learning platform for on-line instruction.
The MAC program offers an educational and training experience that prepares students to work as professional counselors or marriage and family therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, residential treatment centers, nonprofit agencies, government, for-profit organizations and private practice. As graduates of the program, students may choose to focus on working with children, adolescents, adults, families or couples.
Our Masters of Arts in Counseling program has a 95% passing rate for the National Counselor Exam (NCE).
A student's career path could include:
All admissions decisions are based on a complete application packet submitted by the student including:
The admission criteria considered by the faculty include:
Admission Categories: Students are admitted to the MAC program in one of the following categories:
This section includes various resources that may be useful to current MAC students.
The following table provides a summary of the direct and total hours (expressed in the form <direct hours>/<total hours>) that are required for the various degree plans:
|Degree Plan||Practicum Hours||Internship I Hours||Internship II Hours||Internship III Hours||Grand Total|
|LPC / Non-CACREP||n/a||50/150||50/150||n/a||100/300|
|LPC / CACREP||40/100||120/300||120/300||n/a||280/700|
|Dual-Track / Non-CACREP||n/a||50/150||50/150||50/150||150/450|
|Dual-Track / CACREP||40/100||120/300||120/300||n/a||280/700|
In addition, the following documents are available:
The following documents represent an assessment of student learning within the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program.