Gerontology - Counseling the Older Adult

Students pursuing the 60-hour master’s degree in counseling are required to make official application to Middle Rio Grande Graduate Studies with the Office of Admissions and Records. Once the application is processed, the applicant must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This must be accomplished within the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program.

Common Foundation (9 hours) Required for all specialties
EDUC 5301 Research Methodology
EDUC 5315 Standardized Assessment
EDUC 6308 Principles Advanced Human Growth and Development

Counseling Core Courses (24 hours)
EDUC 5313 Career Counseling
EDUC 5314 Personality and Counseling Theories
EDUC 6318 Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling
EDUC 6319 Psychopathology
EDUC 6333 Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues
EDUC 6340 Bilingual & Bicultural Counseling
EDUC 6344 Mindfulness-Based Approaches
EDUC 7302 Management of Counseling Programs

Professional Counseling Specialty Courses (12 hours)
EDUC 6320 Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction Counseling (Required to sit for the LPC Exam)
EDUC 6323 Marriage and Family Counseling (Required to sit for the LPC Exam)
EDUC 6350 Counseling and the Neurosciences
EDUC 6360 Assessment and Counseling of the Older Adult
EDUC 6362 Death, Dying & Bereavement Counseling

Experiential Block (9 hours) * Prerequisites EDUC 5314, 6318, 6319, 6333

EDUC 6321 Techniques of Counseling I
EDUC 6322 Techniques of Counseling II
EDUC 7315 Group Counseling

Practical Experience (6 hours) * Prerequisites EDUC 6321, 6322 & 7315

EDUC 7316 Practicum in Counseling (100 hrs.)
EDUC 7317 Internship in Counseling (600 hrs.)

Total Hours= 60