Psychology and Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has a strong tradition of graduate education for mental healthcare professionals. Our graduate programs prepare students to become Licensed Psychologists, School Psychology Specialists, or Licensed Professional Counselors who provide evidence-based services for children, adults, and families in a variety of healthcare and educational settings. Our programs include:

  1. The MS program in Mental Health Counseling is well respected for producing high quality, effective Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs).
  2. The MS+15 hour Post-Master’s Certificate program in School Psychology is accredited by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and leads to certification as a School Psychology Specialist.
  3. The PhD program in School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the only doctoral program in School Psychology in Arkansas.
  4. The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Emphasis (leading to a PhD in School Psychology-Counseling Psychology Emphasis) began in 2008. APA accreditation will be sought within the next 2 years.

[1] Mental Health Counseling

The MS program in Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to provide comprehensive counseling services to groups and individuals. Graduates work as Licensed Professional Counselors in mental health centers, private practice, and community agencies. The program has high academic and practice standards that are consistent with state and national qualifications for licensed professional counselors. The program is geared toward the standards and values of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

[1.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) MS program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the MHC program.

January 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission.

Application materials include the following:

  1. Graduate School application
  2. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – general test
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  4. Mental Health Counseling Program Application
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references qualified to comment on your academic and professional potential
  6. Prerequisite coursework (any outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the first year in the program):
    • General Psychology
    • Psychological Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Theories of Personality
  7. On-campus interviews may be required for applicants

[1.2] Program Curriculum (60 hours)

Required Coursework (48 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychology
3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy
3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology
PSYC 6356Group Therapy
3
COUN 6350Counseling Process and Skills
3
COUN 6360Research Methods in Counseling (PSYC 6331 may be taken in place of COUN 6360 by students who have completed PSYC 6330)
3
PSYC 6325Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictions
3
COUN 6381Counseling Practicum I
3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Counseling
3
PSYC 6393Marriage and Family Therapy
3
COUN 6382Counseling Practicum II
3
COUN 6334Analysis of the Individual
3
COUN 6342Career Counseling
3
PSYC 6372Psychopharmacology
3
COUN 6341/6642Counseling Internship
3 or 6

Elective Coursework (12 hours from the following)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics
3
PSYC 6331*Research Design (PSYC 6331 may be taken in place of COUN 6360 by students who have completed PSYC 6330)
3
PSYC 7325Physiological Psychology
3
PSYC 7312Learning and Cognition
3
PSYC 6363Advanced Social Psychology
3
PSYC 6316Child Psychopathology
3
PSYC 6360Organization and Operation of the Schools
3
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis
3
PSYC 6335Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems
3
PSYC 6361Problems in Psychology I
3
PSYC 6362Problems in Psychology II
3
PSYC 6373Consultation and Supervision
3
PSYC 7315General Linear Models
3
PSYC 7320Regression and Multivariate Analysis
3

[1.2.1] Curriculum Substitutions for Counseling Psychology Doctoral Emphasis Students

For students enrolled in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Emphasis who do not enter the program with a master’s degree in counseling or a counseling related field, the following substitutions will be made:

Substitute PSYC 6313, 7360, 7361, and 6379 for COUN 6334, COUN 6341, PSYC 6325, and PSYC 6372.

Doctoral students earning the MS in Mental Health Counseling will not be eligible for licensure by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling unless they complete COUN 6342 (Internship in Counseling) and PSYC 6372 (Psychopharmacology).

[1.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three C’s in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. In addition for students in the Mental Health Counseling program, a grade of B or better is required in all courses to be eligible for graduation.

[1.4] Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed before internship. Dates of the comprehensive examination are:
Fall Testing: 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November – for spring internship
Spring Testing: 1st Tuesday and Wednesday in April – for fall internship

[1.5] Licensure

Students completing the Mental Health Counseling program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor under Act 593 of 1979. After 3000 hours of post-degree, supervised experience, they are eligible for examination as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

[2] School Psychology MS with Post-Master’s Certificate

The MS program in School Psychology prepares graduates to provide comprehensive school psychological services to preschool through secondary students and their caregivers. The program prepares entry level school psychology practitioners to apply scientifically-based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of their professional work. The 60-hour MS/PMC program has been approved at the specialist level by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since 1994 and adheres to the ethical standards and values of NASP and the American Psychological Association (APA).

[2.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the School Psychology (SP) program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the SP program.

March 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission

Application materials include the following:

  1. Graduate School application
  2. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – general test
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  4. SP Program Application
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references qualified to comment on your academic and professional potential
  6. Prerequisite coursework—12 semester hours of undergraduate psychology coursework including:
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics
  7. On-campus interviews are generally required for program applicants.

[2.2] Program Curriculum: Required Coursework (60 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6375Professional School Psychology
3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling
3
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics
3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology
3
PSYC 6331Research Design
3
PSYC 6373Individual and Organizational Consultation
3
PSYC 6313Psycho-Educational Assessment I
3
PSYC 6335Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems
3
PSYC 7325/6372Physiological Psychology or Psychopharmacology
3
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology and Counseling
3
PSYC 6335Multicultural Issues in Counseling
3
PSYC 6332School Psychology Practicum
3
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis
3
PSYC 8305Psych-Educational Intervention I
3
*PSYC 6376Psycho-Educational Assessment II
3
*PSYC 6356Group Counseling
3
*PSYC 6333School Psychology Practicum II
3
*PSYC 6342Internship in Psychology (Fall, Year 3)
3
*PSYC 6342Internship in Psychology (Spring, Year 3)
3

* After successful completion of 45 hours and the comprehensive examination in the Fall of Year 2, the student is awarded the MS degree in School Psychology. This degree is insufficient for school psychology licensure in any state, which is why all students in the program complete the Post-Master’s Certification coursework—marked with an asterisk (*) in the above coursework sequence, for a total of 60 semester hours.

[2.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three Cs in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

[2.4] Comprehensive Examination

A qualifying comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed before beginning internship in Year 3. The date of the comprehensive examination typically is the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November.

[2.5] Licensure and Certification

After the Praxis II (school psychology) exam is passed and internship is complete, each student will receive a Post-Master’s Certificate (indicating the completion of the 60-hour program) from the School Psychology Program. After passing all 60 hours and the Praxis II (school psychology) exam, students must successfully pass a criminal background check in order to be eligible to become a School Psychology Specialist through the Arkansas Department of Education. Praxis II exam scores must be sent to the UCA College of Education’s Director of Candidate Services. Praxis II online registration code #6012 should be used to ensure that the scores will be sent to UCA.

[3] School Psychology PhD

The PhD program in School Psychology prepares graduates to provide comprehensive school psychological services to preschool through secondary students and their caregivers. The program prepares doctoral-level school psychologists to apply scientifically based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of professional work. The program has been approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 2006 and adheres to the ethical standards and values of the American Psychological Association (APA).

[3.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the School Psychology (SP) PhD program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the SP program.

February 10th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission.

Application materials include the following:

  1. Graduate School application
  2. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – General Test
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  4. SP Program Application
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references qualified to comment on your academic and professional potential
  6. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 12 undergraduate hours of psychology coursework including:
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics
  7. On-campus interviews are typically required for program applicants.

[3.2] Program Curriculum: Required Coursework (120 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics
3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy & Counseling
3
PSYC 6360Organization and Operation of Schools: Implications for School Psychologists
3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 6375Professional School Psychology
3
PSYC 6313Psycho-Educational Assessment I
3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology
3
PSYC 6331Research Design
3
PSYC 6373Individual and Organizational Consultation
3
PSYC 6335Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems
3
PSYC 6393Marital and Family Therapy
3
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology & Counseling
3
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis
3
PSYC 6332School Psychology Practicum I
3
PSYC 7141Doctoral Research Seminar in Psychology
1
PSYC 8305Psycho-Educational Intervention I
3
PSYC 6333School Psychology Practicum II
3
PSYC 6376Psycho-Educational Assessment II
3
PSYC 7141Doctoral Research Seminar in Psychology
1
PSYC 6356Group Psychotherapy
3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Issues in Psychology & Counseling
3
PSYC 7141Doctoral Research Seminar in Psychology
1
PSYC 7315Application of General Linear Models to Experimental Design
3
PSYC 7350 / 6361Teaching of Psychology OR Problems in Psychology (students choose one of these classes or another class with advisor's approval)
3
COUN 6381Practicum in Counseling
3
PSYC 7320Regression and Multivariate Analysis
3
PSYC 6350History and Systems of Psychology
3
PSYC 6363Advanced Social Psychology
3
PSYC 7305Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology I
3
PSYC 8310Psycho-Educational Intervention II
3
PSYC 7325Physiological Psychology
3
PSYC 9310Dissertation Research in Psychology
3
PSYC 7306Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology II
3
PSYC 8315Child Mental Health Promotion and Prevention
3
PSYC 7335Program Evaluation in School, Community, and Mental Health Settings
3
PSYC 9310Dissertation Research in Psychology
3
PSYC 7307Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology III
3
PSYC 9310Dissertation Research in Psychology
3
PSYC 9605Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
6
PSYC 9606Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
6

[3.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three Cs in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

[3.4] Comprehensive Examinations and Portfolio Assessments

A qualifying comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed during the second year of coursework before advancing further in the program. The date of the comprehensive examination typically is the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November.

In addition to successfully passing the qualifying comprehensive examination in the second year of the program, PhD students are required to successfully complete: (a) a comprehensive, cumulative portfolio of their work in the program; and (b) an oral comprehensive examination directed and evaluated by the School Psychology Committee. The above requirements must be passed prior to beginning the pre-doctoral internship.

[3.5] Licensure and Certification

Students completing the PhD program are eligible to apply for Licensure as a Psychologist through the Arkansas Board of Psychology (ABP) provided that they successfully meet all ABP licensure criteria and requirements.

[4] Counseling Psychology

The doctoral-degree emphasis in Counseling Psychology (leading to a PhD in School Psychology – Emphasis in Counseling Psychology) is designed to prepare counseling psychologists to provide evidence-based psychological services and conduct research in a variety of clinical and academic settings. The Counseling Psychology Emphasis began in 2008 and is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Accreditation by APA will be sought at the earliest possible opportunity.

[4.1] Admissions Requirements

All applicants for the doctoral-degree emphasis in Counseling Psychology must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the doctoral program.

January 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission

Application materials include the following:

Before the application for Counseling Psychology can be approved by the department, an applicant must complete an Online Graduate School Admission application, submit official transcripts of all completed college course work and submit official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores on the General Section.

In addition, the following items are required by the department:

  1. Completed, typed Counseling Psychology Emphasis Application for Admission which can be found at the following link: http://uca.edu/psychology/doc-school-psyc-counseling/
  2. Twelve (12) semester hours of undergraduate preparation in psychology (See program application for specific requirements: any outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the first year in the program.)
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from former college professors or individuals otherwise qualified to comment on the applicant’s professional and academic potential
  4. A 500-word statement of purpose which includes your interest in the field of psychology and your goals upon completion of the degree
  5. Current résumé or vita.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the admissions deadline.

[4.2] Program Curriculum: Required Coursework (120 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 7360Foundations of Counseling Psychology
3
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychology
3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy
3
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics
3
PSYC 6331Research Design
3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology
3
PSYC 6356Group Therapy
3
COUN 6350Counseling Process and Skills
3
COUN 6342Career Counseling
3
PSYC 7315General Linear Models
3
PSYC 6393Marriage and Family Therapy
3
COUN 6381Counseling Practicum I
3
PSYC 6313Psycho-educational Assessment I
3
PSYC 7141Doctoral Research Seminar
3*
PSYC 7361Psychological Treatments and Methods
3
PSYC 7320Regression and Multivariate Analysis
3
COUN 6382Counseling Practicum II
3
PSYC 6379Personality Assessment
3
PSYC 6316Child Psychopathology
3
PSYC 7312Learning and Cognition
3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Counseling
3
PSYC 7365Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology
12*
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis
3
PSYC 6350History of Psychology
3
PSYC 6361Problems in Psychology-Integrated Care
3
PSYC 6363Advanced Social Psychology
3
PSYC 7325Physiological Psychology
3
PSYC 9310Dissertation
9*
PSYC 6373Consultation and Supervision
3
ELECTIVEPSYC or COUN elective at 6000 level or above
3
PSYC 9605Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
6
PSYC 9606Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
6
* PSYC 7141 is taken for a total of 3 semester hours; PSYC 7365 is taken for a total of 12 semester hours; PSYC 9310 is taken for a total of 9 semester hours.

[4.2.1] Master’s Degree Requirement

All students in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Emphasis who have not previously earned a master’s in counseling or a counseling related field will earn a master’s in Mental Health Counseling after the completion of the appropriate 60 hour coursework and comprehensive examination. For such students, the following substitutions will be made in the Mental Health Counseling program:

Substitute PSYC 6313, 7360, 7361, and 6379 for COUN 6334, COUN 6341, PSYC 6325, and PSYC 6372.

Doctoral students earning the MS in Mental Health Counseling will not be eligible for licensure by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling unless they complete COUN 6342 (Internship in Counseling) and PSYC 6372 (Psychopharmacology).

[4.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three C’s in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

[4.4] Comprehensive Examinations

Master’s comprehensive examinations must be satisfactorily completed to be eligible for the MS degree in Mental Health Counseling. Master’s comprehensive examinations are typically given on the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November.
Doctoral qualifying examinations (written and oral exams) must also be satisfactorily completed before pre-doctoral internship. Doctoral qualifying exams are typically given in April.

[4.5] Licensure

Students completing the PhD program are eligible to apply for Licensure as a Psychologist through the Arkansas Board of Psychology (ABP) provided that they successfully meet all ABP licensure criteria and requirements.

[5] Graduate Course Links

[5.1] Graduate Courses in Counseling (COUN)

Follow this link for COUN course descriptions: course link.

[5.2] Graduate Courses in Psychology (PSYC)

Follow this link for PSYC course descriptions: course link.