Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact:

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298
Email: soebs@hbu.edu
Phone: (281) 649-3240

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Faculty:

Julie Fernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dina Flores-Mejorado, EdD
Assistant Professor of Education
Stephanie Ellis, PhD
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Roxanne (Roxy) Riefkohl, PhD
Assistant Professor of Education
Alex Spatariu, PhD
Associate Professor

We defy the myth that “If you can’t do, teach” – we do both! 

Department Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling offers four graduate programs with coursework leading to Educational Administration (MEd), School Counseling (MEd), Licensed Professional Counseling (MAP-LPC), or Christian Counseling (MACC). We understand the needs and concerns of graduate students and are able to serve them exclusively. Read more about the degrees offered below.
 

A Unique Synergy


The Department of  Educational Leadership and Counseling combines the disciplines of psychology and education in order to train the most compassionate and competent school counselors, clinical counselors, and school administrators who will shepherd children through their formative years.

Having the School Counseling and the future LPC students in the same department and sometimes in the same practicum classes is enriching for them both! It is broadening the practical understanding that the future LPC students have of young people and families and the educational system, and it’s deepening the School Counseling students’ understanding of real clinical issues, when/how to make referrals, and so on. Also, it is smoothing the path for some of our School Counseling students who also want to get their courses/hours to be eligible for the LPC.

Amazing Faculty


The faculty you will study with here at Houston Baptist University are truly remarkable. Our full-time faculty actively participate in clinical work. Our adjunct faculty have terminal degrees and are out there working in the field.

All of our faculty care about individual students like you. You are not just a face in a classroom. You are a person who deserves a real relationship with your teachers and your fellow students. Our classes are interactive, not passive, and they foster those real relationships that last into your future career. 

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So why should you choose to study with us?
Academic rigor + great practical training = hirability!

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Degrees Offered

Master of Education in Educational Administration

The Educational Administration program prepares graduate students for positions as principals or assistant principals in elementary, middle, or high schools and for such district-wide administrative positions as program directorships and supervisor or coordinator positions. The program is designed to enhance students' abilities in planning, organizing, delegating, supervising, and leading through a variety of activities, procedures, and experiences, some of which are campus based and some field based. Students completing the program may also qualify for the Texas Standard Principal Certificate after passing the TExES exam.
 
Students in this program are well prepared to be candidates for administrative positions. Students will regularly apply skills and knowledge gained in courses to their school setting and benefit from former and current educational administrators as professors and adjunct professors. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research independently and in conjunction with Houston Baptist faculty, to present papers at conferences, to publish, and to interact with practicing administrators representing a wide spectrum of approaches and philosophies.
 

Master of Education in Counselor Education

The school counselor today is a vital member of the educational team on each campus. They guide students and parents through the educational process and act as partners with the teachers on their campus. Their goal is to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, psychological and social development, and college/career development. This degree prepares interested individuals to meet the state requirements to become certified as school counselors. They can make the difference for a child as they become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.


Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to integrate their Christian faith with sound clinical practice in counseling. The program emphasizes the development of research supported counseling skills while encouraging students to reflect on their personal values, and to grow in faith and maturity. The MACC program prepares students to work in churches, church-related institutions, Christian counseling clinics and in secular counseling facilities.

The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Students complete a practicum, consisting of a minimum of 450 clock hours in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming a LPC, graduates also need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete a 3000 hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.
 

Master of Arts in Counseling

The MAC program prepares students for careers in counseling-related fields by offering advanced preparation in counseling, testing, and research methods. The program also includes completion of a practicum consisting of a minimum of 450 clock hours in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S). Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings, including private practices, universities, clinics and hospitals. Other graduates have completed doctoral study in psychology at leading research universities across the country.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Before becoming a LPC, graduates need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete a 3000 hour internship under the supervision of a LPC-S.
 

You may also be interested in our Master of Arts in Psychology: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology program.