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Our focus in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Diversity is preparing counselors and teachers who can address developmental and behavioral needs, working effectively with each individual, regardless of need, to enhance and advance their personal achievement. To this end, we offer undergraduate and masters degrees in each of the three programs.

Undergraduate 

Our Counseling program offers the only undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling offered by a public institution in the state of Texas. It lays the groundwork for applying to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in Texas, a career area that is expected to grow by 22 percent in the next 10 years. Further, it provides a strong foundation to pursue a Masters degree in Counseling, which opens opportunities for further licensure as a Professional Licensed Counselor.  

Addiction destroys lives—not only that of the individual but also their families as well. This degree provides the student with a comprehensive understanding of addiction and its effects, along with counseling techniques and methods to prevent relapse. Successful completion of the addictions counseling degree ensures the student has completed the coursework required to graduate and apply for licensure with the Texas State Department of Health Services to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.

While some career options will require additional experience or training, this degree program builds skills and knowledge that can be applied in many professional settings. Possible career options include: substance abuse counselor, case manager, health educator, law enforcement advocate, probation and parole officer, psychiatric assistant, researcher, treatment specialist, or victims’ advocate.

Our undergraduate program in Special Education is designed for students who are interested in advancing their knowledge of working with special populations. Special education teachers are uniquely trained to work with students with disabilities and special needs to provide the students a rewarding educational experience. Our department works closely with the Teacher Education Program in offering an undergraduate degree--the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Core Studies EC-6 and EC-12 Special Education Certificationsfor those candidates first entering the special education field. Graduates of the program find employment in settings ranging from public schools to private programs specifically designed for individuals with disabilities.

The number of English Language Learners in today's classrooms continues to grow rapidly, as does the demand for teachers who are prepared to work with these linguistically and culturally-diverse students. Within our Diversity Program, the Studies in Language and Culture Program, in conjunction with our Teacher Education Program, offers Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Core Studies EC-6 Certification and include a supplemental certification in either English as a Second Language or Bilingual education. A similar degree with English as a Second Language is offered with the 4-8 Plan.

 

Graduate 

Counselors facilitate change in people. Our Counseling Program offers a Master of Science in Counseling with three possible options. The Clinical Mental Health Concentration prepares students to obtain Licensure as a Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Licensed Professional Counselors work as clinicians in a variety of settings including schools, government agencies, public and private programs, community centers and more. The School Counseling Concentration leads to certification as school counselors. Certified School Counselors work closely with students in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools, addressing academic, career, personal and social development needs. The General Applied Techniques Concentration is a knowledge-based program with no licensure option. Students with this degree are eligible to work closely with people in a variety of settings in positions such as program coordinators, case managers, and academic advisors.

The graduate program in Special Education delves deeper into the structure of special education within the educational system, including an examination of its policies and procedures. Candidates develop skills to plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies which best support individuals with exceptional needs.

There are four Special Education options. These include an emphasis on young children with disabilities ages birth to 8 years old; an emphasis on older elementary school-aged children with disabilities; a special education specialization for candidates pursuing an Educational Management degree, as well as a specialization in special programs for those candidates seeking a Doctor of Educational Leadership degree. Potential employment includes special education teacher, consultant, or supervisor in diverse organizations from public schools, non-profits, hospitals or clinics, residential facilities and private tutoring.

Within our Diversity Program the Studies in Language and Culture program offers a graduate degree in Multicultural Studies in Education with supplemental certifications that include Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or multicultural studies. This degree examines the issues that affect students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. A Doctor of Educational Leadership degree with a specialization in special programs is also an option. Graduates with this degree can pursue careers in public schools, community colleges and non-school settings.

News
 

Doctoral StudentsSchool of Education celebrates the first graduating cohort for CASA Alaide Zavala, Carrie Barras, Oscar Perez, and CASA grant coordinator Viola Vela; (middle) UHCL Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Education Judith Marquez, Adriana Chacin, Crystal Torres, Kyle Perri, Elizabeth Raska, Jason Riley, Stephanee Saavedra, Yemsi Mochman; (back) UHCL Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Education Laurie Weaver, Jamie Siel, Daisy Rivas, UHCL School of Education Dean Mark D. Shermis. Not pictured: Stephanie Kayser.

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education has again achieved national accreditation, marking its 32nd continuous year as such. The designation made by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation verifies that the university continues to meet rigorous standards while providing the highest quality education in preparing future teachers. UH-Clear Lake is one of only 15 accredited teacher preparation programs in Texas.

 

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