School Counseling

Welcome and thank you for visiting our professional school counseling program website. Included you will find general information about the School Counseling Program at the University of Central Arkansas. In addition, you will find links to faculty webpages, information for prospective students, the University of Central Arkansas, Graduate school website for application, the Department of Leadership studies helpful hints for online learning, and other important information to assist you in choosing the right educational experience for your professional goals. Please browse our website and contact any of our primary program faculty if you have questions or want further assistance.

General Program Information

The University of Central Arkansas offers a Master’s of Science (MS) in Professional School Counseling. The program of study consists of 48 semester hours including practicum and internship field experiences. The program is offered in an online format that includes primarily synchronous class sessions with occasional asynchronous and face-to-face sessions at the UCA main campus in Conway, AR. The purpose of this program is to prepare professional school counselors for creating, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive developmental school counseling programs based on state and national standards. The program curriculum aligns with the American School Counselor Association, National Model, and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Standards. A primary goal of the program is to train professional school counselors to become leaders, collaborators, and advocates in their school, community, and the profession of school counseling.

There are two tracks available to gaining licensure as a professional school counselor in Arkansas. This program prepares students in each track:

Initial Licensure Track – Prepares individuals without an Arkansas teaching license to become professional school counselors

Add-on Licensure Track – Prepares those individuals that possess an Arkansas teaching license for additional licensure in the area of professional school counseling

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.

On-campus requirements for the School Counseling program can be found on the Program of Study linked here.

Primary School Counseling Program Faculty Links

Dr. Angela McCoy Harless

For initial inquiries contact: Dr. Terry James, Department Chair

Additional Program Faculty

Dr. Shelly Albritton

Dr. Susan Barclay

Dr. Gary Bunn

Dr. Patricia Kohler-Evans

Information for Prospective Students

Application to the professional school counseling program is though the Graduate School online application. Admission to Graduate School requires a 2.70 overall grade point average, or a 3.00 grade point average on the last 60 hours. Candidates entering the Initial Licensure track must submit scores on either the GRE or the Praxis Core exams. The minimum scores on these two tests are set by the Arkansas Department of Education. Currently, the minimum scores are as follows: GRE: Verbal – 142, Quantitative – 142, and Writing – 3.5; Praxis Core: Reading – 156, Math – 150, and Writing – 162. Candidates entering the Add-on track must submit evidence of holding a valid teaching license. All candidates must submit official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Graduate School. All candidates must submit to the department three letters of professional reference.

School counseling licensure is contingent upon successful completion of the program and minimum scores on state mandated examinations. For more information concerning all state requirements for licensure as a school counselor in Arkansas please visit the Office of Candidate Services links below. Please note that Initial Licensure Track candidates must have background checks, complete state mandated professional development requirements and take one additional Praxis Exam for teachers. All candidates must pass the Praxis Exam for School Counselors.

Graduate School Application

For information on the application and admission process, please visit the University of Central Arkansas, Graduate School

Leadership Studies – Helpful Hints for Online Learning

Other Helpful Links

School Counseling – Program of Study

American School Counselor Association

American Counseling Association

Arkansas School Counselor Association

BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook

Office of Candidate Services – Praxis Information

Office of Candidate Services – Graduate Programs

Office of Candidate Services – Background Checks

Office of Candidate Services – Professional Development