School Counseling

[1] Program Description

The Master of Science degree in School Counseling (SCCN) is designed to prepare individuals for school counseling programs in K-12 settings and as members of school leadership teams. The program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. Candidates must be admitted to one of two tracks: An Add-On Track for those who hold a valid Arkansas teaching license and seek to add this license to their teaching license and the Initial License Track for those who do not hold a valid Arkansas teaching license.

[2] Admission Requirements: Both Tracks (full admission)

  1. Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. GRE (General Section); Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics; or verification of a valid standard educator license is required before full admission can be granted.
  2. If requested, submit supporting evidence to document your professional accomplishments or potential. This evidence may be documented via letters of recommendations and/or personal interviews.

[3] Retention Requirements

Both Tracks

Retention is contingent upon making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree. Violations of the state ethics mandates for P–12 educators, and/or violations of UCA student academic conduct policies may result in suspension or dismissal from the program.

Initial Licensure Tracks

  1. Meet ADE mandated minimum test scores on either the GRE or Praxis Core test if those were not met at the time of admission. Minimum scores must be met prior to enrolling in either SCCN 6390 Practicum or SCCN 6395 Internship.
  2. Complete and submit results from an appropriate background check either prior to enrolling or before the first course requiring a field experience. Contact the Department of Leadership Studies for information on the appropriate screening process. A minimal cost is associated with this screening.

[4] Admission to Candidacy: Both Tracks

Students must apply for admission to candidacy when no fewer than nine and no more than 18 semester hours in the degree program have been completed successfully.

[5] Residence Credit: Both Tracks

Students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours at the University of Central Arkansas. Both the practicum and internship must be completed at the University of Central Arkansas.

[6] Transfer Credit: Both Tracks

No more than 12 semester hours of credit with grade “B” or above earned at another institution may be applied to the degree requirements. To be considered for transfer, the semester hours must have been awarded by a state and regionally accredited institution and must complement the student’s approved program of study. Acceptance of transfer credit does not reduce the minimum residency requirement.

[7] Degree Requirements

  1. Complete all required coursework with a grade point average of 3.00 or above. (Required courses are listed below.)
  2. Complete practicum and internship courses with a grade of B or above.
  3. Complete practicum and internship courses in residence.
  4. Complete the program with no more than nine hours of grade of C (see item 2 above).
  5. Complete satisfactorily either the state-mandated licensure test, Professional School Counselor examination, or the program developed alternative assessment.
  6. Complete to a satisfactory level all key assessments as required by the program and load these assessments into Chalk & Wire.
  7. Required courses (48 semester credit hours):
    SCCN 6320 Foundations of School Counseling
    SCCN 6330 Multicultural Counseling in Schools
    SCCN 6340 Career Guidance for School Counselors
    SCCN 6350 Developmental Guidance
    SCCN 6360 School Counselor as Consultant
    SCCN 6365 Educational Assessment and Measurement
    SCCN 6380 School Counseling Intervention Strategies
    SCCN 6390 School Counseling Practicum
    SCCN 6695 Internship
    LEAD 6320 Counseling Theory in K-20 Education
    LEAD 6321 Research Methods
    LEAD 6330 Individual and Group Counseling in the K-20 Education Environment
    ASTL 6315 Investigation of Learning and Development through Multiple Contexts or PSYC 6370 Advanced Developmental Psychology
    ELSE 6366 Educational Programming for Students with Mild Disabilities K–12 or PSYC 6335 Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems
    SLMA 6312 School-Based Organizational Leadership

    All course substitutions including transfer courses must be approved by the program coordinator and department chair.

[8] Arkansas License for School Counselors

In addition to program requirements, candidates must meet the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) requirements to be recommended for a school counselor’s license by the Department of Leadership Studies. Currently, ADE requires the Professional School Counselors examination. Initial licensure candidates must satisfactorily complete a Praxis II test required of teachers (elementary, middle level, or secondary). Contact the Department of Leadership Studies for the requirements and options for completing these requirements.

[9] Continuous Enrollment Requirement

College of Education graduate students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment throughout their program of study until achieving program completion. Specifically, College of Education graduate students are expected to be enrolled in at least two of the three semesters in a given calendar year (Spring, at least one Summer term, and Fall). If a student must take a time-out, the student is expected to notify his/her home department. If a student fails to register for more than one semester out of three in a given calendar year, he/she may be ineligible for readmission unless granted by the home department.

[10] Graduate Course Links

[10.1] Courses in School Counseling (SCCN)

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[10.2] Courses in Other Areas (ASTL, ECSE, LEAD, PSYC, SLMA)

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