Counselor Education

The Counselor Education (CNED) Program at the University of Arkansas is committed to providing quality education and training for individuals pursuing counseling positions in a variety of settings. Master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are offered. It is housed in the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders of the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.

The M.S. specializations, below, and the Ph.D. in counselor education are nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Four Tracks in the Master's Degree Program

Clinical Mental Health Counseling -- Students who are preparing to specialize as clinical mental health counselors will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of clinical mental health counseling. This formerly was called community counseling. CACREP standards

Rehabilitation Counseling -- Students who are preparing to specialize as rehabilitation counselors will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address varied issues within the rehabilitation counseling context. Rehabilitation counselors work collaboratively with individuals with disabilities, their support systems, and their environments to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals. CACREP standards 

School Counseling -- Students who are preparing to specialize as school counselors will demonstrate the professional knowledge and skills necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all P–12 students through data-informed school counseling programs. CACREP standards 

Addiction Counseling, beginning Fall 2018 -- Students who are preparing to specialize as addiction counselors are expected to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide range of issues in the context of addiction counseling, treatment, and prevention programs, as well as in a more broad mental health counseling context. CACREP standards