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School Counseling

Master of Science in Education (M.S.E)
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School
Application Deadline: Applications Will No Longer Be Accepted For This Program

The MSE School Counseling program has been suspended indefinitely.


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. This program provides graduate level study which is based on the comprehensive developmental model of school guidance and counseling. This program prepares K-12 counselors to promote development of skills and experiences needed by all students for success in school and later life, to develop prevention programs focused on predictable hindrances to development of identifiable groups of students, to conduct interventions for remediation of individual concerns, and to intervene with both groups and individuals in crisis situations. Throughout the program, school counseling trainees are required to engage in experiences intended to increase their self-awareness and promote their own personal and professional development. The educational and developmental orientation of the School Counseling Program provides students with unique expertise that makes them the appropriate choice for counseling practice in a school setting. Students in the School Counseling Program experience a depth of training and acquire a level of expertise for practice in the school setting that is comparable to that of counselors in other settings.

  • Admission Process

    1. Submit to Graduate Admissions all application materials, including:

    • Completed Graduate School application form with specified application fee, proof of immunization for measles and rubella (if date of birth is January 1957 or later), selective service status form, and separate official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Official report of a score, obtained within the last five (5) years, on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • A typewritten essay that addresses (1) personal, educational, and career goals and aspirations; (2) personal perceptions of influences on goals and aspirations; and (3) personal view of the role and value of school counseling.
    • Three appraisal/recommendation forms, with at least one completed by a work supervisor and at least one completed by a faculty member in the applicant's most recent academic program of study. (When the applicant has not completed that program of study, a statement of status in that program also is required.) Applicants who have not been enrolled in an academic program for more than five years may substitute a recommendation from a current or recent employer for the faculty recommendation. The third form may be completed by anyone who can attest to the applicant's ability and/or character, except that it may not be completed by anyone who is a relative of the applicant.

    2. Application file is reviewed by the Graduate School and, if applicant qualifies for admission to the Graduate School, the file (including all materials listed above) is forwarded to the School Counseling Program Coordinator in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

    3. Application file is reviewed by the School Counseling Program Committee on Admissions. This committee evaluates all materials submitted by the applicant, decides whether the applicant meets program requirements and expectations, appoints an academic adviser for the applicant who is admitted to the program, and sets any conditions of admission.

    4. Application file is returned to the Graduate School for notification to the applicant of the admission status. For applicants who are admitted, the notice also will include identification of academic adviser and conditions of admission, if any.

  • Accreditations

    Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

    CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The student, as a consumer, can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that the program is stable, professionally and financially.

    National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)

    NCATE’s dual mission is accountability and improvement in education preparation. The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.

  • School Counseling Program Handbook
  • Why Should You Apply To Our Graduate Program?

    The School Counseling Program is a 48 hour master’s degree accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

      Why Attend an Accredited Program?

    • Be assured of the quality of your academic program.
    • Research shows CACREP graduates perform better on national certification exams.
    • CACREP programs have been reviewed against professionally approved standards.

    Courses are currently offered in the evenings during the fall and spring semesters and in the day time in the summer sessions.

    Current faculty who have training and professional experience in school counseling. 

    100% of graduates in the last 3 years have been successful on the state licensure exam.

    In the last 3 years, 100% of graduates who have sought employment as a school counselor upon graduation have been hired into school counseling positions.

    The ASU school counseling program is on the list of approved programs by the Arkansas Department of Education.  Many other states have reciprocation with Arkansas for acquiring a school counseling license.

    Students have the opportunity for a seamless transition to take additional hours to become certified in Community Mental Health counseling.