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Psychology and Counseling

Specialist in Education (EdS)
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School
Application Deadline: April 1st (Fall Admission Only)

Description

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.

The EdS Psychology Counseling Program has the following options:  School Psychology Track, Mental Health Counseling Track, and a Flexible Option Track. Information about requirements for licensure can be obtained from the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, the Arkansas Department of Education, and the Arkansas Psychology Board and from the Program Coordinators in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. The design of each candidate's program is based on that student's previous academic preparation, professional experiences, and career aspirations.


  • Admission Process

    To be considered for admission to the Ed.S. Program in Psychology and Counseling, applicants must hold an earned bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution and present evidence of qualities consistent with those required for effective practice in the chosen area of study. The written statement prepared by the applicant, combined with letters from references and the personal interview, will be used as the basis for committee members' judgment of the applicant's personal and interpersonal qualities. All persons admitted to the program are required to meet the same standard in regard to these qualities.

    Applicants also must present evidence of potential ability to perform academic work at the advanced graduate level. Standardized test proficiency and past grade performance provide the primary data for judging academic ability; other indicators, such as quality of writing in the applicant's prepared statement and faculty references, also will be considered.

    Based on the combination of test proficiency and past academic performance, an applicant may qualify for either unconditional or conditional admission status.

    Unconditional Admission Status 

    Academic proficiency for unconditional admission may be established through satisfaction of either of the following criteria:

    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (or 3.25 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work) and a minimum score of 900 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or
    • Unconditional admission to the Graduate School, a minimum score of 900 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.25 on 12 or more hours with no grade less than a "B."

    Conditional Admission Status

    Academic proficiency for conditional admission may be established through satisfaction of either of the following criteria:

    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work) and a minimum score of 800 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or
    • Unconditional admission to the Graduate School, a minimum score of 800 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 on 12 or more semester hours with no more than one course with a grade of "C" and no grade less than a "C."
  • Accreditations

    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.

    *NCATE accreditation is only applicable to the EdS in School Psychology