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 for 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.
Information for Prospective Students
Application to the professional school counseling program is through 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.
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Last updated January 26, 2018