Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
The goal of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling is to train students to become knowledgeable, competent, ethical professionals in their fields who are able to bring Christian ethics, values, and worldview to their workplaces. To this end, our goal is to provide learning experiences that:
- include coursework that meets or exceeds the state standards for academic knowledge in each discipline
- offer opportunities to develop levels of skills necessary for entering the professional arena and performing with excellence
- emphasize critical thinking, utilization of resources, and the ability to work independently and cooperatively
- impart the importance of professionalism, integrity, values-centered work, and lifelong learning and development
The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling offers four graduate programs with coursework leading to Educational Administration (MEd), School Counseling (MEd), Doctorate of Education (EdD), Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC/MAC), 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 and school administrators who will shepherd children through their formative years. We help develop mental health counselors who offer expertise and integrity, along with the ability to facilitate healing.
Having the Counselor Education, 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 Counselor Education students’ understanding of real clinical issues, when/how to make referrals, and so on. Also, it is smoothing the path for some of our Counselor Education students who also want to get their courses/hours to be eligible for the LPC.
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 professors and your fellow students. Our classes are interactive, not passive, and they foster those real relationships that last into your future career.
So why should you choose to study with us?
Academic rigor + great practical training = hirable graduate!
We want you to be the best you can be. Contact us and let’s talk about your goals.
Apply now and come help us change the world for the better.
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 HBU faculty, to present papers at conferences, to publish, and to interact with practicing administrators representing a wide spectrum of approaches and philosophies.
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 children as they become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
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 (LPC) 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 an LPC, graduates also need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete a 3,000-hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.
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 an LPC, graduates need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete a 3,000-hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.