Texas Tech University

Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MEd)

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Program Overview

The Counseling programs at TTU are nationally accredited by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), and they are the only programs west of Dallas and east of Albuquerque with CACREP accreditation.

The 60-hour MEd program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling includes the required coursework and is designed to prepare students for licensure by the Texas Board of Professional Counselors (Licensed Professional Counselor—LPC)) and certification by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Programs in the College of Education identify a Trademark Outcome that defines the higher order outcomes that will enhance the success of graduates when entering their counseling careers. The Trademark Outcome for Clinical Mental Health Counseling is "Create and implement treatment plans and programs to serve the needs of clients, communities, and agencies where our students are and will be employed."

Faculty are involved in local, state, regional, and national professional counseling organizations. Faculty support and encourage students to be involved in professional organizations. Faculty foster an environment of appreciation and respect for differing values, beliefs, and backgrounds. Faculty subscribe to the ethical standards and values recognized by the counseling profession, and they expect students to learn and follow the same ethical standards. Faculty support and encourage the application of ethical practices and policies ensuring access, equity, and excellence in Counselor Education.

Degrees Offered

Master of Education - MEd - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Offered: face-to-face

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Completing an MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares the student for a career in private practice and/or agency counseling. Graduates find a wide range of opportunities including: substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, career counseling, human resources, employee-assistance programs, grief and loss counseling, adult/juvenile probation, case management, and agency management.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

GRE scores, resume, applicant statement, and 3 professional recommendations. These references include, but are not limited to, the following: past professors, boss, director, and volunteer supervisor employed but the organization. References that are not acceptable include, but are not limited to, spiritual leaders, people under your supervision, past students, neighbors, anyone related to you, and personal friends. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

  • Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Course Rotation (60 Hour Program)

Fall (Year 1)

Spring (Year 1)

Summer I (Year 1)

Summer II (Year 1)

EPCE 5353, Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

EPCE 5364, Theories of Counseling

EPCE 5370, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

EPCE 5365, Dysfunctional Behavior of Children and Youth

EPCE 5371, Counseling Diverse Populations for LPC

EPSY 5331, Human Development

EPCE 5355, Introduction to Career Counseling

EPCE 5367, Couples and Family Counseling

EPSY 5379, Introduction to Educational Research

EPCE 5376, Assessment for Professional Counselors

EPCE 5377, Crisis Intervention Counseling

Fall (Year 2)

Spring (Year 2)

Summer I (Year 2)

Summer II (Year 2)

EPCE 5357, Techniques of Counseling I

EPCE 5366, Dysfunctional Behavior of Adults

EPCE 5372, Addictions: An Overview

EPCE 5354, Group Counseling

EPCE 5373, Advanced Addictions Counseling

EPCE 5374, Techniques of Counseling II

EPCE 5360, Practicum in Counseling


Fall (Year 3)

Spring (Year 3)


EPCE 5094, Internship in

Counseling I

EPCE 5094, Internship in

Counseling II


*Students are responsible for checking degree plans to ensure they are taking the correct courses and course offering are subject to change.

Semester in which the program can be started

Although we will consider admissions in any semester, we primarily admit in the Fall Semester. The course rotation (see above) begins in the Fall, and students who enter at other times must complete all required coursework before moving forward in the program.

Estimated Hours to Completion

60 hours

Allowable Transfer Hours

Transfer credit. A maximum of 6-9 approved semester hours of graduate coursework may be transferred from a CACREP accredited Counselor Education Program. Transfer courses may not include group (EPCE 5354), techniques (EPCE 5357), dysfunctional (EPCE 5366), ethics (EPCE 5370), practicum (EPCE 5360), or internship (EPCE 5094). No course on the degree plan may be over six years old at the time the degree is conferred.


Applications should be submitted a minimum of six (6) weeks before the semester the prospective student wishes to begin the program.

Tuition & Fees

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L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentcounselinginquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224