Counselor Licensing Program

Act 244 of 1997 of the State of Arkansas provides for the licensing of Associate and Professional Counselors. A person completing an approved master's degree or higher program, with a minimum of 60 graduate hours, may be licensed in Arkansas to provide counseling services to the public. Students are encouraged to begin the application procedure during their final semester at http://www.accessarkansas.org/abec/index.html.

Areas Required for Licensure by Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Courses Which Meet Licensure Requirements
Human Growth and Development EDFD 5573 Life Span Human Development
Social and Cultural Foundations CNED 5513 Counseling and Human Diversity
The Helping Relationship (Theories) CNED 5323 Counseling Theory
Group Processes, Dynamics, and Counseling CNED 5363 Dynamics of Group Counseling
Life Style and Career Development CNED 5213 Lifestyle and Career Development
Appraisal of Individuals CNED 5303 Individual Appraisal
Research and Evaluation ESRM 5013 Research Methods in Education
Professional Development (Introduction to Counseling) CNED 5203 Found. of the Counseling Profession
Practicum and/or CNED 5343 Counseling Practicum
Internship CNED 574V Internship
Psychopharmacology CNED 5353 Psychopharmacology
Family & Relationships CNED 6023 Foundations of Marriage & Family Counseling & Therapy
Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology/DSM CNED 5403 Case Management and Counseling

Note: a grade of B or higher is required in each of the courses by the Board for Licensure.

School Counselor Certification

Individuals who are planning receive certification from the Arkansas Department of Education are required to take the Praxis Exam in the area of Guidance Counselor. In addition, certification applicants must hold an Arkansas teaching certificate and have at least two (2) years of experience as a teacher.