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Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Mental health professionals who have completed a master's degree in counseling or a related mental health field and who are currently working toward or hold a professional license or certification may apply to take play therapy classes as a non-degree-seeking student. If accepted, they are eligible to take the three play therapy courses offered in the Professional Counseling Program pending available spaces in the classes.

Why take graduate play therapy classes as a professional?

Graduate play therapy classes can be an excellent way to gain a strong foundation in play therapy. Instead of attending many small trainings that cover several topics, you'll have the opportunity to learn play therapy in a systematic way. Our classes begin with foundational knowledge and skills and build on them, introducing more advanced topics and skills in way that allows students to integrate more complex material with previous learning.


You are eligible to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have a master's degree in a mental health field
  • Are working toward a professional licensure or certification (e.g., LCSW-Associate, LPC-Associate, Certified School Counselor, Licensed Psychologist, etc.) or hold one of these licenses/certifications

Please note that eligibility does not guarantee admission as a non-degree-seeking student. You must complete an application and then wait to see if there is space in the play therapy classes. 

Procedures for Applying

Please complete the following steps to enroll in play therapy classes as a non-degree-seeking student (NDSS). Please note that these steps apply only to individuals who are interested in the play therapy classes through the Professional Counseling Program. All other non-degree-seeking students should follow the instructions for the program in which they would like to take classes.

  1. Read the Play Therapy Instruction section of this website carefully
  2. Complete the Play Therapy NDSS Interest Form (see timeline below)
  3. Wait for the form to be approved - this will take place once degree-seeking students have had the chance to register (see timeline below)
  4. Complete the NDSS application through TXST's Graduate College 
  5. Wait until you are accepted by the university and receive your student log-in credentials
  6. Log in to CatsWeb and register for the course for which you were approved. Spaces are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we cannot guarantee spaces in the classes. If you are not able to register for the class you want, please utilize the "waitlist" function to ensure you are notified if a space opens up.

Timeline for Non-Degree-Seeking Student Play Therapy Interest Form Submission & Approval

Semester you wish to take classSpringSummerFall
Complete NDS Interest FormOctober 15March 20March 20*/June 15
Receive email regarding form approvalNovember 10April 10April 10*/July 10

*Priority deadline for Fall; Students register for Fall classes during the Spring semester, but we will continue to accept NDSS interest forms through June 15. To increase the chance of obtaining a seat in the class, we recommend you complete the interest form by the priority deadline.

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