General Program Information
The University of Central Arkansas offers a Master’s of Science (MS) in school counseling. The purpose of this program is to prepare school counselors to meet the educational, social, psychological, and career needs of students while working collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, peer professionals, administrators, and the community.
The school counseling program is characterized by a commitment to leadership as both a field of academic study and as a practice that is a unique blend of knowledge, skill, and disposition. Program requirements provide students with challenging experiences that integrate theoretical concepts and ethical principles with practical applications. The underlying educational philosophy of the program is “educating educator efficacy through reflective decision-making.” (Graduate Bulletin)
The school counseling program has pending before ADHE (Arkansas Department of Higher Education) two requests. One, to prepare individuals who are not licensed teachers as school counselors. The second is for a Post Master’s Certificate program for individuals with an initial educator license such as school psychology to which school counseling may be added. Please contact the Leadership Studies department chair for additional information on this matter.
Information for Prospective Students
The school counseling program is a 48 hour NCATE accredited degree program.
The school counseling program has an open enrollment and applications are accepted throughout the year. Required courses are also offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters for the convenience of the professional educator’s schedule. Courses are continually refined and improved to meet the needs of our graduate students. Class meetings range from face to face interactions in the classroom, to distance learning using Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, and Chalk and Wire. The distance learning components allow students to meet for class and discussion from the comfort of their own home and submit work online. These features vary with each course offering.
School Counseling candidates must have a Bachelors degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0; current GRE or Praxis scores; 3 letters of recommendation; and successful submission of transcripts from previously enrolled institutions. Candidate who do not hold a teaching license should contact the department for additional information. School counseling certification is contingent upon successful completion of the program and meeting the minimum scores on state mandated examinations. For more information on the admission process and an application, please visit the Graduate School.
A program of study is available here: Program of StudyOn-campus requirements for the School Counseling program can be found on the Program of Study linked here.