School Counseling (MS)

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.”

Accreditation: CAEP


  1. Obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a scale of 4.00 or at least a 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.
  3. Achieved a minimum 3.00 GPA on any graduate course work previously taken at another accredited institution or previously completed at UCA.
  4. Submit transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  5. Submit the graduate school application form.
  6. Provide two letters of recommendation.
  7. Provide a statement of intent (purpose for becoming a school counselor).
  8. If requested, submit supporting evidence to document professional accomplishments potential. This evidence may be documented via letters of recommendations and/or personal interviews.
  9. Submit a completed Program Recommendation by Administrator Form from their principal or superintendent stating his/her understanding that the student (his/her employee) will be completing field work and assignments in their classroom and school. If the applicant is not currently teaching, they will indicate this on the form.

*For more program information and additional admission requirements request information below. 

Program Contact:


Valerie Couture, PhD
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
(501) 450-5209
Mashburn 230F

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(501) 852-UCAO (8226)