Oct 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Counseling Psychology, M.A.


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The University of Houston-Victoria offers two concentrations in the psychology master’s degrees, a 60-semester hour degree in counseling psychology and a 63-semester hour specialist degree in school psychology (pending Board of Regents, Coordinating Board and SACSCOC approval). The counseling psychology degrees is designed to meet the educational requirements for the Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential and/or the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) credential. The school psychology degree is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) credential and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.

  1. General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies is restricted to the Fall semester only (see graduate admission requirements ). The M.A. Counseling Psychology programs have a separate application deadline separate from any other UHV deadline. This deadline can be found in each program’s website, or by consulting the director of each program. The M.A. Counseling Psychology programs do not allow students to have Temporary Graduate Student status. It is the responsibility of the applicant to furnish all necessary documentation for Fall admission to the Admissions office by the deadline for that program.  Students wishing to transfer between Graduate Psychology programs must apply for admission to the new program and will be considered with other applicants entering in the Fall semester.  They are not guaranteed acceptance into the new program.  Graduate Psychology students who have not enrolled in classes for a one-year period must reapply to their program to gain admission status.  They may or may not be accepted for admission.
  2. Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, prospective psychology students must submit their official GRE scores. GMAT scores will not be accepted. Admission to the counseling psychology, forensic psychology, or school psychology program is based on an evaluation by the program’s admission committee of the following information.
    1. A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and the applicant’s career goals.
    2. One letter of recommendation from a non-UHV, non-family source.
    3. Evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, research methods, and abnormal psychology. A particular course will be waived as a requirement if the student passes a comprehensive final exam or its equivalent for the designated course with a grade of “C” or better. The exam may be taken no more than once for a particular course.
    4. Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 980 or higher, obtained by the following:
      • GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus 15 times (Verbal + Quantitative - 260).
    5. A phone interview with UHV graduate faculty in psychology.

Review of Student Progress

Student progress will be reviewed on a regular basis with the intention of identifying students who may need remediation to continue in the program. Continuation in the counseling psychology, forensic psychology, or school psychology program requires satisfactory academic performance, appropriate personal attributes, and ethical behavior. In addition, students must demonstrate the acquisition of appropriate clinical and professional skills. All students are evaluated annually and as needed for academic progress and professional behavior and development. A student who fails to meet minimal criteria will be asked to sign a probation agreement that specifies the remediation terms for continuation in the program. Dismissal from the program will result if the student fails to follow the terms of the agreement.  Graduate Psychology students who have not enrolled in classes for a one-year period must reapply to their program to gain admission status.  More detailed information about the minimal criteria for continuation in the program may be obtained from the student’s academic advisor or the program coordinator.

Degree Requirements


The counseling psychology and the school psychology degree plans have  a commoncore of 21 semester hours. The counseling psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an additional 15 semester hours, and the school psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an additional 33 semester hours. Nine semester hours of practicum are required for the counseling psychology degree and 6 semester hours of practicum are required for the schoolpsychology degree. A full-time, year-long internship is also required for the school psychology degree and is 6 semester hours.

Concentration Requirements


Practicum/Internship Requirements


Counseling Psychology (9 semester hours)


School Psychology (3 s.h. of practicum and 6 s.h. of internship)


Comprehensive Exams


Students must pass a comprehensive exam to graduate. The comprehensive exam is tailored to the student’s program (i.e., counseling or school psychology). The counseling psychology comprehensive exam is a 3-hour 200-item multiple choice exam that consists of 20 items from PSYC 6333 , PSYC 6337 , and each of the core courses. The Praxis-II Examination in School Psychology will serve as the School Psychology comprehensive exam. School Psychology students must pass the Praxis II prior to graduation.

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