M.S. in Counseling

The Counselor Education program offers the M.S. degree in the following emphasis areas: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. See the current Graduate School Catalog for official course work requirements in each emphasis area. Graduates of the community counseling emphasis area may pursue licensing/certification for the practice of counseling in Arkansas.

School Counseling

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the MS degree, this course of study may lead to certification as an elementary or secondary school counselor. The recommended sequence of course work is shown in the appendix. The goals of this specialization include providing students:

  1. Functional knowledge of developmental processes appropriate to elementary school youth or adolescence.
  2. Ability to consult with teachers and parents as an integral part of the intervention process.
  3. Ability to consult with teachers in selecting and providing appropriate career development knowledge and experiences.
  4. Ability to provide effective individual and group counseling.
  5. Ability to assist teachers and parents in the identification, understanding, and referral of students with special learning problems.
  6. An understanding of appropriate skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating school counseling programs.
  7. Ability to translate identified needs into appropriate programs, services, and learning strategies.
  8. Ability to conduct orientation programs for teachers, parents, and children in order to develop guidance and counseling concepts appropriate to subsequent stages of planning and decision-making.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the MS degree, the clinical mental health counseling program prepares counselors to work in a variety of collegiate, community, governmental, and private agency settings. The recommended sequence of course work is shown in the appendix.

The goals of this program include providing students:

  1. Functional knowledge of developmental process appropriate to adolescence, young adults, and older adults and the community.
  2. Consultation skills appropriate to the client population served.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals having varied backgrounds, qualities, and experiences.
  4. Ability to assist the client in the appropriate change or developmental process.
  5. Ability to provide effective individual and group counseling.
  6. An understanding of appropriate skills for planning & implementing a treatment process/plan for clients.
  7. Ability to conceptualize client issues, including crisis, trauma, family concerns, academic concerns, placement options, and moderate to several mutual health issues.

For more information, download the Master of Science in Counseling student handbook.