Counselor Education

Mario De La Garza

Assistant Professor

Office Location

400 Bailey Hall



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas


Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling, University of North Texas
  • M.S. in Counseling, University of North Texas
  • B.S. in Biology, Abilene Christian University

Areas of Interest:

  • School Counseling
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Existential Counseling
  • Activity Therapy

Courses Taught:

  • HCE 500 Orientation to the Counseling Profession
  • HCE 607 School Guidance Programs and Services
  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • HCE 686 Internship in Counselor Education
  • COUN 5200 Counseling Adolescents (UNT)
  • COUN 5790 Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients (UNT)
  • COUN 5710 Counseling Theories (UNT)

Current Research:

Dr. De La Garza’s dissertation study focused on the cognitive complexity of individuals applying to a master’s level counselor education program. Dr. De La Garza is interested in studying the impact that school counselors have on students and how that impact can be quantified. He is also interested in research concerning the supervision of professional school counselors delivering guidance lessons.


Dr. De La Garza has spent the past fifteen years working with at-risk adolescents. He was a long-term substitute teacher at a juvenile detention center. He then worked in a non-profit agency at a high school providing services to students at-risk of dropping out of school. Most recently, he was a student assistance counselor at the middle school level seeing students individually and in groups. In that role, he also developed and facilitated guidance lessons that focused on bullying prevention, resisting pressures, decision-making, diversity, suicide prevention, relationship violence prevention, and other topics of importance for young people. Dr. De La Garza worked closely with administrators, teachers, and parents to serve students and help them reach their full social, emotional, and academic potentials.

Before joining the USM Counselor Education Program faculty, Dr. De La Garza worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas.