Department of Counseling and Special Populations

Location: 105 Education Building, Phone (409) 880-8978

Department Chair: Carl J. Sheperis, PhD, NCC, LMHC, LPC, ACS

Degree Coordinators:

  • M.Ed. – School Counseling -Dr. Rebecca Frels, 409-880-7867, 213 Education Building
  • Special Education -Dr. Debra Troxclair,409-880-8509, 208 Education Building
  • Endorsement in Gifted Education – Dr. Dorothy Sisk, 409-880-2316, 103 Education Building

Graduate Faculty

Carl J. Sheperis, Department Chair; Associate Professor, Counseling

William R. Holmes, Associate Dean; Professor, Counseling

Dorothy Sisk, Conn Chair for Gifted and Talented Education; Professor, Special Populations/Gifted/Talented

Mohammad K. Hamza, Professor, Counseling

Pamela Monk, Associate Professor, Counseling

Melanie Bullock, Assistant Professor, Counseling

Rebecca Frels, Assistant Professor, Counseling

Debra Troxclair, Assistant Professor, Special Education

Sedef Smith, Assistant Professor, Special Populations/ESL

R. J. Davis, Assistant Professor, Counseling

Belinda Lopez, Assistant Professor, Counseling

J. Darrell Mohr, Assistant Professor, Special Education

Rachael Ammons, Visiting Professor, Counseling

Trisha Harris, Clinical Instructor, Counseling

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Special Education. EC -12 Special Education – 121 hrs

Graduate

Master of Education in Professional School Counseling
Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Education in Special Education
Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Specialization

Courses of study leading to professional certification in:

Endorsements: Gifted Education

Undergraduate Program

The Counseling and Special Populations department offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in special education.

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program, which are listed elsewhere in this catalog. Developmental courses do not count in the GPA (except for determining full-time status and issues related to probation and suspension) and do not count toward graduation.

I. Requirements within the General Education Core Curriculum:

CORE CURRICULUM COURSES (42 hrs.)

MAJOR/CERTIFICATION COURSES (18 hrs.)

ENGL 1301

SPED 2331 Technology in Education

COMM 1315

SPED 3371 Appraisal Processes for Exc Lrnr

MATH 1314

SPED 3372 Behav. Mod & Class Management Exc Lrnr

BIOL 1308

SPED 3373 Teach Read/Lang Arts to Exceptional Lrner

PHYS 1405

SPED 4307 C & I for Inclusive Classroom 

ENGL Lit

SPED 4311 C & I for Lifeskills Classroom

Creative Arts (1 from ARTS 1301, ARTS 1303, COMM 1375, DANC 2304, MUSI 1306 PHIL 1330)

HIST 1301

 

HIST 1302

POLS 2301

MATH & SCIENCE REQ.  (13 hrs.)

POLS 2302

MATH 3312

Social & Behavioral Sciences (1 from PSYC 2301, SOCI 1301)

MATH 3313

ENGL 1302

CHEM 2411

MATH 1350

GEOL 4390

 

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (18 hrs.)

PEDAGOGY/PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES (24 hrs.)

ARTS 3371 or MUSI 3371

PEDG 3300 Human Development and Learning

EACH 4303 Instructional Strategies for Early Childhood

PEDG 3350 Math/Science

PEDG 2310 Introduction to Teacher Education

PEDG 3351 LA/SS

PEDG 2342 Diversity of Learners

PEDG 3352 Science Methods for Teachers

READ 3393 Emergent Literacy

PEDG 4340 Classroom Management

READ 3360 Children's and Young Adult Literature

READING REQUIREMENT (6 hrs.)

PEDG 4350 Technology/Assessment

READ 33390 Literacy Development and Reading Instruction in the Elementary School

PEDG 4650  Student Teaching

READ 4310 Diagnostic Prescriptive Procedures for Literacy Development

READ 4305 Teaching Writing: Elementary & Middle School

 

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 125

1.  Must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before enrolling

2.  Candidates graduating & certifying with this plan must meet ALL degree requirements and pass the PPR, Content Area, and Special Education TExES tests to become certified in accordance with Highly Qualified Status Regulations.

Graduate Program

The Counseling and Special Populations Department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in  Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Professional School Counseling, and Special Education. For students already holding a master’s degree and teacher certification, the department offers course work leading to certification as a diagnostician, as well as special education, English as a Second Language, and Autism. The department also offers a certificate program that leads to gifted education endorsements. It is the goal of the Master of Education and the Professional Certificate programs to provide the academic climate and practical experience necessary to produce teachers and other specialists of superior competence in their chosen areas of specialization.

Admission

Admission to a master’s degree program is required of all students taking courses in the Counseling and Special Populations Department. A maximum of nine semester hours may be taken prior to admission. For the on-campus program, non-admitted students wishing to transfer courses from another department or another university must have permission of the department chair before registering. Transfer credits from other institutions are not permitted for the online programs.

Admission to a Master's Degree Program

To be admitted to a program leading to a master’s degree in the Counseling and Special Populations Department, students must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College as stated elsewhere in this bulletin in addition to the departmental requirements.

For all applicants to master's degree programs in the Department of Counseling and Special Populations (online and on campus), students with a 3.0 GPA undergrad or 3.0 in their last 60 hours are admitted unconditionally. Those students who do not have the minimum GPA are then required to take the GRE. Students required to take the GRE must meet the institutional GRE and GPA standard according to the formula (GPA X 50) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative =/or greater than 428. The GPA used in the formula may be either the overall or the last 60 semester hours, whichever is higher. Students not granted admission may appeal the decision.

Students whose scores are below this standard may be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted by the department upon appeal to the department chair with letters of recommendation from current professor(s) and other letters of recommendation as requested. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not accepted as a substitute for minimum scores on the Graduate Record Exam. If a student has applied for admission to a degree program and has not received notification of acceptance (or non-acceptance) within 30 days after application, the student should check with the Graduate Admissions Office.

Admission to Candidacy for Master’s Degree

After completing at least 12 semester hours of course work on the master’s degree, the student should apply for Admission to Degree Candidacy. Forms for admission to candidacy should be obtained from the Counseling and Special Populations Department Office and returned there upon completion. These forms will also be available on the department’s website. (NOTE: University regulations require the student be admitted to candidacy prior to beginning the last nine hours of course work). If a student does not have a letter certifying admission to candidacy within 30 days after making application, the student should check with the department office.

Step-by-Step Procedures

1. Apply for admission to the Graduate College of Lamar University.

A. Complete the application found at Applytexas.org

B. Complete the Graduate Record Examination and have scores sent to Graduate Admissions, Lamar University, P.O. Box 11614, Beaumont, TX 77710.

C. Have all transcripts sent to Graduate Admissions as in “B” above.

  1. Consult with program advisor to develop a degree plan. NOTE: No deviations from the degree plan will be permitted without prior written permission of the advisor or department head.
  2. In consultation with the graduate advisor, select members of graduate committee. (The program advisor will chair this committee.)
  3. Complete at least 12 hours of course work from the degree plan (at least six semester hours must be from courses in the major) and apply for Admission to Candidacy. NOTE: A student must be admitted to candidacy prior to beginning the last nine hours of course work.
  4. Complete remaining course work.
    1. Complete requirements for graduation.
    2. Apply for graduation either through the online advisor or in the Graduate College office (219 Wimberly).
    3. Take and pass comprehensive examination during the last semester of attendance.
    4. To take the comprehensive examination, a student must be in the last semester of course work, have no incompletes (“I” grade) or unsatisfactory (“D” or “F” grades) on the transcript and have met all other requirements for graduation.
  5. Graduate.

NOTE: Completion of some master’s programs also includes completion of all course requirements for an additional certification. A student desiring the additional certificate must apply to take the appropriate TExES Exam at the Office of Professional Services and Admissions. The TExES exam may be taken only after all course work has been successfully completed. After successfully passing the exam, the student should apply at the Certification Office for the certificate.

Master’s Degrees in Counseling and Development

The Department of Counseling and Special Populations offers M.Ed degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 hours) and Professional School Counseling (36 hours).

M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires the successful completion of a comprehensive 60-semester-hour program of study as detailed in the degree plan and on the department’s website. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors who have a strong desire to help others and to promote their well-being. 

Lamar University’s M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a non-thesis program designed to prepare professional counselors to meet the requirements of credentialing articulated by national and state standards through a focus on:

  • Professional Identity 
  • Knowledge and Skills in Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 
  • A Commitment to Diversity and Advocacy 
  • Knowledge and Skills in Assessment 
  • Knowledge and Skills in Research and Evaluation
  • Knowledge and Skills in Clinical Diagnosis 

Students are required to complete 60 hours of coursework. This degree is offered online and on campus. The course of study is detailed in the degree plan and on the department’s website.

The internship course is the final course and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The practicum course is 100 contact hours and the internship is 600 contact hours.

Education requirements vary by state, but a master’s degree is required to become a professional counselor in Texas and most states. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors regulates licensing requirements for counselors to render services in the state of Texas through private practice, group practice, institutions, organizations, and similar types of arrangements. This board requires a master’s degree and at least 48 hours of course work that is primarily counseling or counseling-related course work. Students who need additional information or wish to complete academic work toward licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) should see their faculty advisor or contact the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors in Austin, Texas.

Program of Study

CNDV    5301       HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

CNDV    5302       FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

CNDV    5310       COUNSELING SKILLS

CNDV    5311       INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING THEORIES & TECHNIQUES

CNDV    5312       GROUP COUNSELING THEORIES & TECHNIQUES

CNDV    5320       MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING                                                                                              

CNDV    5322       PROFESSIONALISM, ETHICS, AND THE LAW                       

CNDV    5323       CAREER DEVELOPMENT

CNDV    5324       SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING

CNDV    5334       MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT      

CNDV    5350       ABNORMAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR

CNDV    5351       CONSULTATION

CNDV    5352       CRISIS PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

CNDV    5353       RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION

CNDV    5380       SEMINAR: ACADEMIC RESIDENCY 1

CNDV    5380       SEMINAR; ACADEMIC RESIDENCY 2

CNDV    5381       MARRIAGE, COUPLE, AND FAMILY COUNSELING

CNDV    5393       PRACTICUM    (3 CREDITS)

CNDV    5394       INTERNSHIP 1 (3 CREDITS)

CNDV    5394       INTERNSHIP 2 (3 CREDITS)

Master’s Degree in Professional School Counseling

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Professional School Counseling is designed to prepare educators who have a strong desire to help students succeed academically and to promote their well-being. School counselors focus their work on positive student development, especially high expectations, achievement motivation, and school engagement. Counselors help to build a caring and positive school climate, promote resiliency, provide support and guidance to students, and involve parents in schooling.

Lamar University’s M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling is a non-thesis totally online program designed to prepare educators to meet the requirements of School Counselor credentialing articulated by national and state standards and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification standards through:

  • Developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for fulfilling the school counselor role
  • Building a school community that supports the success of all students
  • Facilitating the well-being and development of children and youth in the educational setting
  • Delivering a developmental guidance program, intervention services, career planning, individual counseling, and planning based on student needs as well as supporting the educational mission of the school.

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. This degree is offered only in a totally online format via the LUOnline program. The course of study is detailed in the degree plan and on the department’s website.

The practicum course is the final course and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The Practicum includes a mentor (supervisor) being assigned from the student’s district/campus, for a total of 160 hours.

Education requirements vary by state, but a master’s degree is required to become a certified counselor in Texas and most states. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each 5-week course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Admission to the online program

Go to applytexas.org

Note: Send all documents to the address provided on the Apply Texas website.

Professional School Counselor’s Certificate

A student who completes requirements for a Master of Education degree in Professional School Counseling will have fulfilled all curriculum requirements for a Professional School Counselor’s Certificate in the state of Texas. The student is required to take and pass with a score of 75 the TExES pre-test examination in order to be granted permission to take the TExES.

Prerequisites for the certificate include Texas teacher certification and two years of acceptable classroom teaching experience. After completion of the course work and passing of the pre-test, the student must take and pass the TExES examination. The student should apply for the certificate at the Office of Professional Services in the Education Building at Lamar University.

Students from outside the state of Texas should consult their state’s rules for professional school counselor certification.

M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling

CNDV    5353       RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION                                                                                    

CNDV    5301       HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT                

CNDV    5303       INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL COUNSELING 

CNDV    5311       INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING THEORIES & TECHNIQUES          

CNDV    5322       PROFESSIONALISM, ETHICS, AND THE LAW                       

CNDV    5334       MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT                                         

CNDV    5330       DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE & COUNSELING

CNDV    5323       CAREER DEVELOPMENT                                               

CNDV    5320       MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING                                    

CNDV    5312       GROUP COUNSELING THEORIES & TECHNIQUES           

CNDV    5352       CRISIS PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

CNDV    5390       PRACTICUM                                                            

PRACTICUM: 160 CONTACT HOURS - 3 HRS CREDIT

  • Students should apply for candidacy after 18 hours. G2 forms can be found at:http://graduatestudies.lamar.edu/. Turn in completed forms to departmental office.
  • Applications to Candidacy MUST be completed BEFORE ENROLLING in the last nine hours of the Master’s Program.

M.Ed. in Special Education

To meet individual needs we offer a traditional campus-based program and an online program. Some flexibility is allowed in planning the student’s program; however, the usual pattern of course work is indicated below. If a student desires, he/she may complete requirements for a standard five-year renewable Certificate as an Educational Diagnostician. In addition, the student may complete requirements for a Certificate in Special Education-Generic as part of the degree plan. This degree, if the student is pursuing one of the described certifications, is planned as a 36-semester-hour, non-thesis program. A student not seeking a certificate within the degree hours may complete a degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours plus a thesis.

The student should secure information concerning requirements for certification from the Graduate Coordinator. General information concerning Professional Certificates is presented in another portion of the College of Education and Human Development section of this catalog.

M.Ed. in Special Education (Generic Certification)

Required Core Courses for Degree

 

PEDG      5310       RESEARCH/CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION

PEDG      5340       NORMAL HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

PEDG      5350       THE LEARNING PROCESS

SPED      5334       TESTS, MEASUREMENT, AND EVALUATION

SPED      5361       SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS

SPED      5388       READING & LANGUAGE ARTS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER

PEDG      5344       SCHOOL LAW               

SPED      5375       CONTENT AREA READING                   

 

Students must also complete a specialization track in Teacher Leadership track (12 hours), Autism (12 hours), Gifted and Talented (12 hours), or Special Education (12 hours).

 

Teacher Leadership Track (12 hours - online only)

PEDG     5366       MODIFICATION OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION FOR THE ATYPICAL LEARNER

PEDG     5369       COGNITION AND INSTRUCTION

PEDG     5370       PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM

PEDG     5371       CREATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

 

Autism Concentration (12 hours - online only)

SPED      5370       Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

SPED      5371       Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED      5372       Models of Behavioral Intervention

SPED      5373       Behavioral Assessment and Data analysis

 

Gifted and Talented Concentration (12 hours -online only)

GTED     5356       THE GIFTED LEARNER

GTED     5357       CREATIVITY AND THE GIFTED LEARNER
GTED     5358       FOUNDATIONS AND ISSUES IN GIFTED EDUCATION

GTED     5359       GIFTED AND TALENTED CURRICULUM

 

Special Education Concentration (12 hours)

SPED      5362      PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL EVALUATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
SPED      5364      BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION AND CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT OF DISABLED LEARNERS
SPED      5365      INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESSES WITH EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
PEDG      5366      MODIFICATION OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION FOR THE ATYPICAL LEARNER

M.Ed. in Special Education (Educational Diagnostician Certification)

Required Core Courses for Degree (9 HOURS/3 COURSES)

PEDG     5310       RESEARCH/CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION

PEDG     5340       NORMAL HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

PEDG     5350       THE LEARNING PROCESS

 

Resource Area (9 HOURS/3 COURSES)

PEDG     5344       SCHOOL LAW   

SPED      5361       SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS

SPED      5365       INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESSES WITH EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN

SPED      5375       CONTENT AREA READING                   

SPED      5388       READING & LANGUAGE ARTS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER

 

Students must also complete a specialization track in Educational Diagnostician (18 hours).

 

Special Education Concentration (18 HOURS/6 COURSES)

SPED      5321       TEST ADMINISTRATION AND INTERPRETATION

SPED      5334       TESTS, MEASUREMENT, AND EVALUATION

SPED      5362       PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL EVALUATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN

SPED     5363       PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL PROCEDURES

SPED      5364       BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION AND CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT OF DISABLED LEARNERS
SPED      5366       MODIFICATION OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION FOR THE ATYPICAL LEARNER

General Information Concerning Professional Certificates

The Professional Certificate is a specialized program of study intended to add to an individual's professional expertise area and ehance the individual's scope of practice.

CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

The certificate program in English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to prepare educators to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In many states, teaching English as a Second Language requires a state-level certificate. The program is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to educate students from diverse backgrounds.

Lamar University’s certificate in ESL is a completely online program designed to prepare educators to meet the requirements of ESL credentialing articulated by national and state standards and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification standards through:

  • Developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching ESL
  • Building a school community that supports the success of all students
  • Facilitating the development of children and youth from diverse backgrounds in the educational setting

Students are required to complete 16 hours of course work. This certificate is offered only in a totally online format via the LUOnline program. The course of study is detailed on the department’s website.

The field experience course is the final course and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The field experience involves direct application of ESL instruction.

Education requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each 5-week course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 30 weeks.

Admission to the online program

Go to applytexas.org

Note: Send all documents to the address provided on the Apply Texas website.

English as a Second Language 

A student who completes requirements for a certificate in ESL will have fulfilled all curriculum requirements for endorsement in ESL in the state of Texas. The student is required to take and pass the TExES. Students outside of Texas will need to take their state-level examination.

Students from outside the state of Texas should consult their state’s rules for ESL certification/endorsement.

 

 

 



CERTIFICATE IN ESL

ENSL  5301    ESL Instruction: Methods & Approaches

ENSL  5302     Literacy for English Language Learners

ENSL  5303     Understanding Language & Language Learning

ENSL  5304     ESL Curriculum and Assessment

ENSL  5305     FIELD EXPERIENCE

ENSL 5306      SEMINAR IN ESL (1 CREDIT)

CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT

The certificate program in Counseling and Development is designed to prepare counselors with the additional academic requirements for counseling licensure in Texas. These academic requirements are applicable in other states as well. Students should review their state laws to insure that the additional coursework meets their state requirements

Lamar University’s certificate in AMCE is a completely online program designed to prepare counselors to meet the academic requirements  of counseling credentialing articulated by national and state standards through:

Outcome 1: Professional Identity - this outcome involves knowledge, skills, and practice related to the foundational principles of clinical mental health counseling and the overall counseling profession. Students develop an awareness of professional issues related to counseling. Students are able to analyze and apply legal and ethical guidelines to practice in a variety of community contexts and clinical settings.

Outcome 2: Knowledge and Skills in Counseling, Prevention and Intervention - this outcome involves knowledge, skills, and practice related to principles of mental health These principles include prevention, intervention, consultation, education, and advocacy, as well as the operation of programs and networks that promote mental health in a multicultural society. 

Outcome 3: A Commitment to Diversity and Advocacy - this outcome involves knowledge, skills, and practice related to diversity and advocacy. This area of clinical mental health counseling involves understanding the effects of racism, discrimination, sexism, power, privilege, and oppression on one’s own life and career and those of the client. This area of clinical mental health counseling also involves understanding effective strategies to support client advocacy and influence public policy and government relations on local, state, and national levels to enhance equity, increase funding, and promote programs that affect the practice of clinical mental health counseling. 

Outcome 4: Knowledge and Skills in Assessment - this outcome involves knowledge, skills, and practice related to assessment in the counseling process. This area of clinical mental health counseling involves understanding the principles and models of assessment, case conceptualization, theories of human development, and concepts of normalcy and psychopathology leading to diagnoses and appropriate counseling treatment plans. This outcome also involves understanding basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications so that appropriate referrals can be made for medication evaluations and so that the side effects of such medications can be identified.

Outcome 5: Knowledge and Skills in Research and Evaluation - this outcome involves knowledge, skills, and practice related to research and evaluation. This area of clinical mental health counseling involves understanding how to critically evaluate research relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling; understanding models of program evaluation for clinical mental health programs; understanding evidence-based treatments; and understanding basic strategies for evaluating counseling outcomes in clinical mental health counseling.

Outcome 6: Knowledge and Skills in Clinical Diagnosis - this outcome involves knowledge, skills, and practice related to clinical diagnosis. This area of clinical mental health counseling involves understanding the principles of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis, and the use of current diagnostic tools, such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This learning outcome also involves understanding the established diagnostic criteria for mental and emotional disorders, and describes treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.

Lamar has also created program outcomes for this program that align to those of the other counseling programs within the College of Education and Human Development. The outcomes for this program were reviewed by the faculty to ensure appropriateness, alignment, and measurability. 

Students are required to complete 16 hours of course work. This certificate is offered only in a totally online format via the LUOnline program. The course of study is detailed on the department’s website.

The field experience course is the final course and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The field experience involves direct application counseling practice.

Education requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each 5-week course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 30 weeks.

Admission to the online program

Go to applytexas.org

Note: Send all documents to the address provided on the Apply Texas website.

Counseling and Development Certificate

Students from outside the state of Texas should consult their state’s rules for counseling  certification/endorsement.

  
CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT

CNDV                 5302                  FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

CNDV                 5381                  MARRIAGE, COUPLE, AND FAMILY COUNSELING

CNDV                 5350                  ABNORMAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR

CNDV                 5310                  COUNSELING SKILLS

CNDV                 5393                  PRACTICUM 1 (3 CREDITS)

CNDV                 5189                 SEMINAR COUNSELING CREDENTIALING

CERTIFICATE IN AUTISM

The certificate program in Autism is part of the Special Education program. The certificate is for students who are interested in working with individuals with autism in schools, hospitals, clinics, and the community. The certificate is specifically aimed at national standards for autism intervention as outlined by the Board for Certified Behavior Analysts.  Students should review their state laws to insure that the additional coursework meets their state requirements

Lamar University’s certificate in Autism Certificate is a completely online program designed to prepare individuals to meet the academic requirements of credentialing articulated by national and state standards

  1. Ethical considerations - 15 hours
  2. Definition & characteristics and Principles, processes & concepts - 45 hours
  3. Behavioral assessment and Selecting intervention outcomes & strategies - 35 hours
  4. Experimental evaluation of interventions - 20 hours
  5. Measurement of behavior and Displaying & interpreting behavioral data - 20 hours
  6. Behavioral change procedures and Systems support - 45 hours
  7. Discretionary behavior-analytic content - 45 hours

Lamar has also created program outcomes for this program that align to those of the other programs within the College of Education and Human Development. The outcomes for this program were reviewed by the faculty to ensure appropriateness, alignment, and measurability. 

Students are required to complete 16 hours of course work. This certificate is offered only in a totally online format via the LUOnline program. The course of study is detailed on the department’s website.

A field experience course is optional and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The field experience involves direct application ABA practice.

Education requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each 5-week course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 30 weeks.

Admission to the online program

Go to applytexas.org

Note: Send all documents to the address provided on the Apply Texas website.

Autism Certificate

Students from outside the state of Texas should consult their state’s rules for certification/endorsement.

 Autism Certificate Plan
SPED 5370    Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

SPED 5371    Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED  5372    Models of Behavioral Intervention

SPED  5373    Behavioral Assessment and Data analysis
SPED  5374    Verbal Behavior and Social Competence

SPED  5100    Seminar Professional Credentialing in Autism

 

Optional Electives:

SPED 5390A FIeld Experience in Autism

SPED 5390B FIeld Experience in Autism

SPED 5390C FIeld Experience in Autism

SPED 5390D FIeld Experience in Autism

 

Field Experience: 1500 total CONTACT HOURS - 12 CREDIT HRS – 14 week courses – 4 courses (minimum of 375 supervised hours per course).

CERTIFICATE IN GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION

The certificate program in Gifted and Talented Education is part of the Special Education program. The certificate is for students who are interested in working with individuals designated as gifted/talented in schools. The certificate is specifically aimed at national standards for Gifted/Talented as outlined by the National Association for Gifted Children. Students should review their state laws to insure that the additional coursework meets their state requirements for certification

Lamar University’s certificate in Gifted/Talented is a completely online program designed to prepare individuals to meet the academic requirements of credentialing articulated by national and state standards

Standard 1: Foundations

Standard 2: Development and Characteristics of Learners

Standard 3: Individual Learning Differences

Standard 4: Instructional Strategies

Standard 5: Learning Environments and Social Interactions

Standard 6: Language and Communication

Standard 7: Instructional Planning

Standard 8: Assessment

Standard 9: Professional and Ethical Practice

Standard 10: Collaboration

 

Lamar has also created program outcomes for this program that align to those of the other programs within the College of Education and Human Development. The outcomes for this program were reviewed by the faculty to ensure appropriateness, alignment, and measurability. 

Students are required to complete 16 hours of course work. This certificate is offered only in a totally online format via the LUOnline program. The course of study is detailed on the department’s website.

A field experience course is the final course in this certificate and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The field experience involves direct application of practice.

Education requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each 5-week course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 30 weeks.

Admission to the online program

Go to applytexas.org

Note: Send all documents to the address provided on the Apply Texas website.

Gifted/Talented Certificate

Students from outside the state of Texas should consult their state’s rules for certification/endorsement.

Gifted/Talented Certificate Plan
GTED 5356    THE GIFTED LEARNER

GTED 5357    CREATIVITY AND THE GIFTED LEARNER
GTED 5358    FOUNDATIONS AND ISSUES IN GIFTED EDUCATION

GTED 5359    GIFTED AND TALENTED CURRICULUM
GTED 5360    FIELD EXPERIENCE IN GIFTED EDUCATION

GTED 5161    SEMINAR IN GIFTED EDUCATION

CERTIFICATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

The certificate program in Special Education is part of the Special Populations program. The certificate is for students who are interested in working with individuals designated as special education in schools. The certificate is specifically aimed at national standards for Special Education as outlined by the Council for Exceptional Children. Students should review their state laws to insure that the additional coursework meets their state requirements for certification

Lamar University’s certificate in Special Education is a completely online program designed to prepare individuals to meet the academic requirements of credentialing articulated by national and state standards

Learner and Learning

1 Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences

2 Learning Environments

3. Assessment

Content Knowledge and Professional Foundations

4 Curricular Content Knowledge

Instructional Pedagogy

5 Assessment

6 Instructional Planning and Strategies

7 Program, Services, and Outcomes

8 Research and Inquiry

Professionalism and Collaboration

6 Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

7 Collaboration

8. Leadership

 

Lamar has also created program outcomes for this program that align to those of the other programs within the College of Education and Human Development. The outcomes for this program were reviewed by the faculty to ensure appropriateness, alignment, and measurability. 

Students are required to complete 16 hours of course work. This certificate is offered only in a totally online format via the LUOnline program. The course of study is detailed on the department’s website.

A field experience course is the final course in this certificate and requires all other courses to be completed to enroll. The field experience involves direct application of practice.

Education requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine certification requirements in the home state.

Each 5-week course emphasizes knowledge and skills within an application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 30 weeks.

Admission to the online program

Go to applytexas.org

Note: Send all documents to the address provided on the Apply Texas website.

Special Education Certificate

Students from outside the state of Texas should consult their state’s rules for certification/endorsement.

Special Education Certificate Plan
SPED 5361 Survey of Learning Potential of Exceptional Learners

SPED 5364 Behavior Modification and Contingency Management of Disabled Learners
SPED 5365 Instructional Processes with Exceptional Children

PEDG 5366 Modification of Curriculum and Instruction for the Atypical Learner
SPED 5388 Reading/Language Arts for the Exceptional Learner

SPED 5101 Seminar Professional Credentialing in Special Education