Master of Arts in Counseling, M.A.
About this Program
Wayland offers two counseling degree programs, both set within a distinctive Christian environment. These programs offer a unique format, blending face-to-face courses taught on weekends (Friday evening and Saturday, about once a month) with online courses. This format provides tremendous flexibility for working students and also allows for direct skill instruction with experienced professors and other students.
The M.A. in Counseling prepares students to obtain a license from their state as a Professional Counselor. Once licensed, counselors may work in private practice or at state agencies, hospitals, churches or other organizations. This degree requires 48 to 60 credit hours, depending on the licensure laws of your state. Students in Hawaii will need 6 additional hours in course work to fulfill state requirements. . Students may check requirements for any state as published by the American Counseling Association at: https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards. Students in Texas may pursue school counseling along with their LPC training. These students must receive at least part of their clinical training at a state accredited school. Students in Texas may pursue school counseling along with their LPC training. These students must receive at least part of their clinical training at a state accredited school.
The M.A. in School Counseling is only available in Texas. This program requires 36 credit hours and prepares students to sit for the certification exam as a school counselor in Texas public schools. Students in the school counseling program must be certified teachers and have a minimum of two years teaching experience before they will qualify for the school counselor exam in Texas. Students who have already earned their M.Ed. may be able to get their certification through a 21-hour program.
The Masters in counseling requires 48 hours. State requirements in Alaska, Arizona, and Oklahoma mandate additional graduate level courses in counseling to total at least 60 hours. A comprehensive examination is required before completion of the degree and prior to the student’s sitting for the LPC test.View Degree Plan
The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences has a highly qualified and experienced faculty.View Faculty