School Counseling





Our Program Tracks


School Counseling Faculty
Program Coordinator: Dr. Valerie Couture Program Faculty
Phone:(501) 450-5209Dr. Odunola Affiliate Faculty
Location:Mashburn 230FSusan


The Master of Science in School Counseling program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to become professional K-12 school counselors. Professional school counselors provide comprehensive school counseling services at public and private educational institutions. These services are focused on the career, social/emotional, and academic development of students. Professional school counselors employ leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change to enhance learning for all children.

Our program has two tracks to choose from. The Add-On License Track (45 credit hours) is intended for candidates who already have an Arkansas teaching license and the Initial License Track (48 credit hours) is intended for candidates who do not have an Arkansas teaching license.

UCA School Counseling students receive flat-rate tuition of $336 (includes tuition and all fees) per credit hour regardless of residency or location.

NOTE: This program is 100% online – with a combination of face-to-face sessions in which all students and the instructor meet together (using video conferencing software) and asynchronous sessions in which the students work independently.

While we welcome any out of state candidates, completion of any program, other than an initial licensure program, may not lead to licensure or endorsement in Arkansas or in the state in which you reside. It is your responsibility to check with your state’s department of education to determine if the license or endorsement requirements are met through the program of study. If you are a potential out of state candidate, please contact the program coordinator directly.


State Department of Education Contacts

The site below provides the contact information for the Departments of Education in each U.S. state and territory.  Contact your state’s department of education for specific licensing requirements for your state.



Information for Current Students

Advising – School Counseling students should be advised every semester prior to registration. As a general rule, it is a good idea for students to contact their advisor 2-3 weeks prior to registration. For registration information, monitor the Office of the Registrar for the Advanced Registration Schedule. The Schedule of Classes is usually updated 2-3 weeks prior to advanced registration.

DegreeWorks – Review DegreeWorks quarterly. This ensures the student stays on track to graduate.

Program of Study – This form may be used to assist the candidate in planning their course of study. (Graduate Bulletin)

Student Resources – The Leadership Studies website provides various student resources such as information on the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Graduate School, Torreyson Library, Technology Requirements for Distance Education, the UCA Writing Center, as well as tutorials for Blackboard and Chalk & Wire. (Student Resource Page)

TOP Grant -The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3000. Please go to for more information.