Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
Psychology and Counseling
Program Mission Statement
Arkansas State University aims to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth, and enrich lives. Congruent with this global goal, the mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare students to become culturally competent counselors with a strong professional identity who lead through service and advocacy and can effectively work with diverse populations in various settings, including, but not limited to community and social service agencies, school-based settings, and private practices.
- To instill a strong professional counseling identity within our students.
- To create a culturally inclusive learning environment that promotes multicultural competencies in developing counselors.
- To prepare students to conduct ethical and evidence-based practice to meet the needs of clients across the lifespan.
- To prepare students to conduct individual and group work in a variety of settings.
- To encourage service through leadership and advocacy.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60-hour program of study. Our program prepares students for careers as professional counselors who meet the highest standards for delivering counseling services in a wide variety of community and agency settings. Clinical Mental health counselors work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat mental, developmental, and emotional disorders and to promote optimum mental health. Although the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program does not currently have CACREP accreditation, faculty are currently in the process of pursuing accreditation.
Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to qualify for both National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Arkansas Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) status. An important aspect of our mission is to aid students and graduates become certified and/or licensed as professional counselors. The faculty believes that it is also our mission to instill a strong sense of professional identity, appreciation for our rich knowledge base and develop expertise in the skills of counseling.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Status:
Although we have not been granted accreditation yet, we are currently in the process pursuing CACREP accreditation.
Application Deadline: April 1st (Fall Admissions Only)
Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.
Matriculation Requirements can be found in Section II of the CMHC Program Handbook
Financial aid information
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