Mission and Goals


Improve the capacity of the counseling profession to maximize effective service delivery through a nationally competitive, learning-centered, program of excellence serving Arkansas, the nation and the world

Program Mission

Conduct teaching, research and service activities that:

  1. Prepare students at the master's level in clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling and school counseling to work as scholar-practitioners in a variety of settings
  2. Prepare students at the doctoral level in counselor education and supervision to work as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, social justice advocates and advanced practitioners in academic, research and clinical settings
  3. Enhance the professional development and continuing education of counseling professionals in the field


Goal One: Excellence

Strengthen the academic quality and reputation of the Counselor Education Program by developing and enhancing excellence in teaching, research, advocacy and service

Goal Two: Access, Quality, Advocacy and Diversity

Enhance access to our program while improving the quality and diversity of our students and faculty

Goal Three: Resource Development

Generate increased support and resources for our teaching, research, advocacy and service initiatives

Philosophy Statement

The guiding philosophy, goals, policies and practices of the Counselor Education Program are shaped by its central commitment: To provide learning experiences allowing each graduate to become a fully functioning helping professional in an evolving and diverse world.

Inherent in the concept of a fully functioning individual is the conceptual frame that emotional and intellectual growth and the worth of each person are emphasized, in addition to academic and professional activities. Students admitted to the Counselor Education Program are engaged in a professional preparation curriculum, are accepted as professionals-in-training and are expected to conduct themselves in accord with professional standards. In this context, a professional is a person engaged in an endeavor which requires advanced training in a body of knowledge that is based on theoretical and applied research, on a set of appropriate skills, and on ethical standards adhered to by members of the profession.