COLLEGE STUDENT PERSONNEL SERVICES
The purpose of the M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Services is to train entry level professionals for a broad array of student services positions in higher education. The program has a heavy emphasis on developing skills in the areas of psychology and counseling. There are two program tracks: Professional Practice and College Counseling.
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
This certificate is intended for individuals who already hold a graduate degree in counseling or a closely related field. The purpose of this certificate program is to allow individuals currently working in mental health settings to upgrade their knowledge and skills related to working with clinical populations, allow individuals who have learned a degree in counseling or a closely related field with fewer than the required minimum hours for professional counseling licensure to add the necessary hours, and/or allow individuals with a license as a professional counselor to add one or more specialization licenses available through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling.
The primary mission of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Psychology is to provide a sound understanding of the basic scientific principles of psychology. We believe this foundation will serve students who choose to acquire advanced degrees in psychology or related fields, as well as those who enter people oriented occupations following graduation.
PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING
The Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Psychology and Counseling offers a planned program of studies designed to lead to state licensure in counseling, school psychology, and psychology. A Flexible Options Track is also available.
The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) Program is designed to meet the growing demand for professionally trained rehabilitation counselors. Students complete coursework in the areas of (a) foundations of the rehabilitation process that includes an understanding of the philosophy, theory, sociological, environmental, and legal/ ethical aspects of persons with disabilities, (b) medical, vocational, and psychosocial aspects disabling conditions, (c) theories and techniques in individual and group counseling, and (d) care/disability management and career and lifestyle choices of persons with disabilities. In addition to the required coursework, students must also complete a 100-clock-hour practicum and 600-clock-hours of internship experience in a private or public rehabilitation/ health care facility or mental health setting. Candidates for the M.R.C. degree must also pass a written comprehensive examination which is typically taken during the last semester of the student's program.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in School Counseling is to train school counseling professionals with expert skills in coordinating school counseling programs, supporting the teaching/learning process, counseling with students, and consulting with persons having significant influence on students' well-being and development.
The Ed.S. Degree in Psychology & Counseling with an emphasis on School Psychology prepares students for careers as School Psychologists. These professionals work with parents, teachers, students, educators, and others to best meet the educational and mental health needs of children.