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Master of Science in Education in School Counseling – Special Populations Concentration Online


This online program equips you to counsel K-12 students facing distinctive challenges in subgroup populations, including special education, gifted and talented, and English as a second language. Gain the preparation you need to practice in public or private school settings. Teaching experience is not required for admission.

Next Apply Date: 6/18/24
Next Class Start Date: 7/2/24
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Next Apply Date: 6/18/24
Next Class Start Date: 7/2/24

Program Overview


Dive into our online MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations program

Earn the advanced counseling credentials you need to support the mental health needs of K-12 students with distinctive backgrounds. The MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations online program is designed to empower aspiring counselors in maximizing the academic, career and social potential of students from subgroup populations, including gifted and talented, English language learners, and special education. The Arkansas State University school counseling program online prepares you to practice in public or private schools.

This track will specifically cover:

  • Counseling and supporting students with disabilities in the K-12 Setting
  • Best practices in supporting English language learners to better support their academic, social and emotional growth
  • Best practices in supporting gifted and talented students to promote their holistic success academically, socially/emotionally and vocationally

This online master of education in school counseling program provides you with individualized, advanced practical experience working with K-12 students so they can thrive in school and beyond. Teaching experience is not required for admission, and coursework is delivered 100% online—making this program flexible and accessible for recent graduates and working professionals alike.

The A-State MSE School Counseling Program is a 48-credit student centered program. The MSE School Counseling Program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The program prepares students to work as transformational school counselors in both public and private schools within the K-12 setting.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • Knowledge pertaining to psycho-social aspects of development and counseling across the lifespan
  • Importance of culturally responsive counseling in the K-12 school setting
  • Significance of ethical principles and practice
  • Group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills and other group approaches in a multicultural society through both theoretical information and experiential exercises
  • Relevant theoretical approaches utilized in the K-12 school setting
  • Overview of the history and growth of the school counseling profession, as well as the significance of the ASCA National Model
  • Importance of using data and incorporating evidence-based techniques into practice to elicit positive student outcomes
  • Relevance of developing needs assessments and program evaluations as data-driven practitioners
  • Fundamental counseling skills and techniques in order to facilitate impactful counseling sessions
  • Experiential practice in clinical courses to amplify and apply skills and knowledge obtained throughout the program
  • Knowledge pertaining to psycho-social aspects of development and counseling across the lifespan
  • Importance of culturally responsive counseling in the K-12 school setting
  • Significance of ethical principles and practice
  • Group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills and other group approaches in a multicultural society through both theoretical information and experiential exercises
  • Relevant theoretical approaches utilized in the K-12 school setting
  • Overview of the history and growth of the school counseling profession, as well as the significance of the ASCA National Model
  • Importance of using data and incorporating evidence-based techniques into practice to elicit positive student outcomes
  • Relevance of developing needs assessments and program evaluations as data-driven practitioners
  • Fundamental counseling skills and techniques in order to facilitate impactful counseling sessions
  • Experiential practice in clinical courses to amplify and apply skills and knowledge obtained throughout the program

As a graduate of the online program, you will be prepared for school counseling roles, such as:

  • Licensed K-12 School Counselor (Public, Private, Charter)
  • Career Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Licensed K-12 School Counselor (Public, Private, Charter)
  • Career Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of graduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online graduate programs.

Total Tuition: $16,320
Program Duration: As few as 24 months
Credit Hours 48

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Tuition


Choosing our online education degree is cost effective

Our MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations online program features the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $340
Total Tuition: $16,320

Calendar


These are the important dates you need to know

The MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations online program features accelerated coursework and multiple start dates, making it ideal for working professionals.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/2410/4/2410/10/2410/11/2412/6/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 6/18/24
Start Class 7/2/24

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Admissions


Follow our streamlined admission requirements for the online special populations degree

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. To be admitted to the MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations online program, students must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA. A teaching certificate is not required for this program in Arkansas.

Please note, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Student applications that meet minimum requirements are forwarded to the School Counseling Program Coordinator in the Department of Psychology and Counseling for final review, after which a decision on admission will be determined. Students should check for specific requirements in their state. See full admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Bachelor's degree

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
    • If you have lower than a 2.75 GPA, you may still be admitted, dependent upon your references and your essay responses.
    • Note: If you are admitted and have less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA, you must make a grade of B or better during the first 12 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University
  • Two references who could speak to your professional responsibilities and academic potential
  • Answers to three essay questions (listed below)

Application submission requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Have official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • Supply the email addresses for two references who can speak to your professional responsibilities and academic potential
    • One recommender must be a work supervisor while another must be a faculty member in your most recent academic program of study. If you have not been enrolled in an academic program for at least five years, you may substitute an additional recommendation from a current or former employer.
    • Please note: All recommendation letters are confidential. MSE School Counseling Applicants waive their right to view these recommendation letters after submission.
  • Complete three essay questions as part of your application. You will upload your answers as either a .pdf or Word document. The questions are:
    • Discuss your interest in Arkansas State University's School Counseling program. Please share relevant professional experiences and discuss how these experiences have impacted your goals of pursuing a degree in school counseling in working to foster social/emotional, career, and academic success for all.
    • In accordance with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)'s National Model, please discuss the significance of being a culturally responsive and data-driven school counselor in today's global and dynamic society.
    • Share the attributes you possess that will enable you to be successful in a fully online and rigorous graduate program. Also, please describe your professional disposition, as well as how your disposition will impact the critical stakeholders you interact with while in graduate school, as well as in your future work setting.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467


Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

Additional information

Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in states and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a state does not guarantee the program will meet state licensure/ certification requirements.

Note: To verify that an applicant can be recommended for licensure in another state, he/she must be eligible for professional licensure in the state of Arkansas. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Please contact your state’s Professional License Department/Board to ensure that your chosen distance education program meets your state’s requirements in which you intend to practice.

Appeals process

  • Students who fall below the minimum admission requirements (GPA) or who are denied may send a written letter of appeal, GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial), and additional supporting information to [email protected]
  • The appeal request will be forwarded to the department chair for conditional admission review.

Transfer credits

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Courses


View the degree plan for our online MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations program

Students in the MSE in School Counseling – Special Populations online program must complete a total of 48 credit hours. Required coursework includes 13 core courses (39 credit hours) and three concentration courses (9 credit hours).

Practicum, Internship 1, and Internship 2 will involve weekly supervision sessions that will help to promote awareness through learning and processing the complex needs and challenges of K-12 students, as well as to augment preparation in becoming impactful school counselors.

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this degree.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
History and scope of the school counseling profession, including the development trajectories of diverse learners and appropriate scope of school counseling practice in varied educational settings.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foundational individual and group counseling and education theories used in school counseling for successful student outcomes.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foundational individual and group counseling skills for student success, including assessment of individual stu-dents’ academic, college/career, and social/emotional needs and identification of evidence-based direct and indirect school counseling activities in support of student success.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Obtainment, analysis, and utilization of school data and school counseling program assessments to evaluate areas of strength and needed improvement for program activities and interventions. Prerequisite, COUN 6603
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Development, implementation, and evaluation of data-informed comprehensive school counseling programs, with an emphasis on the school counselor’s role in counseling, collaboration, consultation, and coordination of student services within academic, social/emotional, and career development domains. Prerequisite, COUN 6603.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of ethically and legally sound counseling practice in the school setting. This course will examine the ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and credentialing bodies and will explore applications of ethical and legal considerations specific to professional school counseling.
Duration: 10-15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to train students to develop, maintain, and utilize a helping relationship to benefit a client population through assessments, direct counseling services, and/or consultation. Further, this course will provide student interns with a highly individualized, advanced practical experience working with adolescents in a comprehensive developmental counseling program. This practicum is 100 total hours (40 direct and 60 indirect). Spring duration: 15 weeks, Fall duration: 15 weeks, Summer duration: 10 weeks.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
First supervised practice including individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, consultation, and program coordination activities. This internship is 300 total hours (120 direct and 180 indirect). Prerequisites: COUN 6213 with a grade of “B” or better.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Second supervised practice including individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, consultation, and program coordination activities. This internship is 300 total hours (120 direct and 180 indirect). Prerequisites: COUN 6223 with a grade of “B” or better.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the principles of group dynamics; group leadership styles; applications of helping relationship theories in group settings; group counseling methods and skills; and other group approaches.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of developmentally appropriate theories and models for counseling children and adolescents in the school setting as well as common problems and challenges faced by this developmental group.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles as they relate to the application of professional counseling assessments and techniques.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of psychological theories of development across the life span, including the influence of environmental factors upon personality, normal and abnormal behavior, and adjustment. Students are required to apply developmental concepts to the counseling profession.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Policies, legal and ethical considerations, advocacy, assessment and evaluation related to students with disabilities, including how to support the needs of students with disabilities within a comprehensive school counseling program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge in addressing the academic, social/emotional and career development needs of English Language Learners in the educational setting. In this course, students will learn how to support English Language Learners within a comprehensive school counseling program, with an emphasis on counseling, consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive characteristics of students who are gifted in the educational setting, including the unique learning and counseling needs of this population within the ASCA National Model framework.
Applicants seeking an Arkansas teaching license by reciprocity who hold a valid license from another state in Childhood (P-4), Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Childhood (4-8), or Secondary Social Studies (7-12) must meet an Arkansas History requirement by documentation of the successful completion of three (3) college credit hours in Arkansas History at an accredited college or university OR a 45-hour professional development piece in Arkansas History through Arkansas IDEAS. Applicants holding a valid license in areas other than the four mentioned above do not have to meet the Arkansas History requirement. HIST 3083 History of Arkansas (offered in summer terms only) meets the Arkansas history requirement.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced survey of Arkansas history from prehistoric times to the present with an emphasis on political, economic, and social/cultural themes. Required of BSE Social Science majors.

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