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Family and Child Therapy Degree Programs in Austin, TX

Jan 11, 2019

There are four schools within about 50 miles of Austin that have family and child therapy degrees. Read an overview of two universities' program options and requirements to find out which one is a good fit for your goals.

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Austin Family and Child Therapy Schools

Individuals who want to study family and child therapy in the Austin area have several options from which to choose. This article highlights two institutions that are within approximately 50 miles of the city's center. Explore the coursework and field experiences offered through their programs below. There is also a table of statistics provided to give additional school details for comparison.

  • The nearest school, and the only one located in Austin, is Saint Edward's University, which offers a counseling master's degree with a concentration in marriage and family therapy. The campus is only about 19 miles from the downtown area.
  • Texas State University is a public school offering a master's-level program in professional counseling with an emphasis in marital, couple and family counseling. It's the larger of the two schools, but it's roughly 46 miles from central Austin, in San Marcos.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to quickly compare the profiled universities in several areas that might be of interest as you work towards making an informed education decision. It contains facts and stats on school settings, tuition, acceptance rates, student enrollment and more.

Saint Edward's University Texas State University - San Marcos
School Type 4-year, private non-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,447* 38,666*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $43,300* $9,985 in-state, $21,605 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2017) 95%* 81%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 84%* 73%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 80% for full-time students 78% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began in 2011) 64%* 54%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Saint Edward's University

Saint Edward's University is affiliated with the Catholic Church and has partnerships with universities in ten countries. Students can gain experience working in settings such as non-profit agencies, hospitals, private practices and treatment centers. They can also participate in the Student Society for the Master of Arts in Counseling or the Marriage and Family Therapy Student Association.

Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling has specializations designed to train students to become a licensed marriage and family therapist or licensed professional counselor. Through the licensed marriage and family therapist concentration, students study techniques in counseling children and teens, learn about marriage and family therapy techniques and complete several counseling practicums. Other courses include human growth and development, abnormal human behavior and counseling diverse populations. The practicums allow students to acquire supervised experience in their area of specialization.

Texas State University - San Marcos

Texas State University - San Marcos offers counseling programs through its College of Education, which also has an Institute for Play Therapy where students and faculty can conduct research, complete contact hours and encourage health in children. Students can also participate in Chi Sigma Iota, an international society for professional counselors.

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Through the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, students can complete an emphasis in marital, couple and family counseling. The program is research-based and has an optional thesis. Through this option, students explore counseling and personality theories, theories in marital, couple and family counseling, treatment in marital, couple and family counseling, methods for counseling children and teens and community-based learning. The 60-hour program prepares students to become licensed marriage and family therapists and has field experience requirements.

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