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MSE in School Counseling

Master of Science in Education in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma Concentration Online


Program Overview

Discover Our MSE in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma Program


Gain the specialized knowledge and qualifications you need to help students experiencing severe distress. The MSE in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma online program prepares you to effectively develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs and to support K-12 students who have endured life-changing events and need extra support. Likewise, you will be fully equipped to design and implement a crisis plan and to serve as a leader in your school and communities during a time of crisis. The Arkansas State University school counseling program online prepares you to practice in public or private schools.

This track will specifically cover:

  • Impact of trauma on vocational success, social/emotional wellness and academic performance
  • School-baseded crisis planning
  • Multicultural issues in crisis and trauma
icon $15,888 Total Tuition
icon As few as 24 months Program Duration
icon 48 Credit Hours
icon $15,888 Total Tuition
icon As few as 24 months Program Duration
icon 48 Credit Hours
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This online Master of Science in Education in School Counseling 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.

Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

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 also 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

As licensure requirements may change without notice, 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.

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Tuition

Experience the Value of Our Affordable 100% Online Program


Our MSE in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma online program features the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. Total tuition includes all fees.

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Total Tuition $15,888
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $331
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$291.00 $40.00 $331.00 $873.00 $120.00 $993.00

Calendar

Our Course Schedule Is Designed for Flexibility


Our MSE in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma online program features accelerated coursework and multiple start dates, making it ideal for working professionals.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
Spring 2023 7 wk 01/10/2023 02/24/2023 12/14/2022 12/16/2022 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 02/10/2023
7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/16/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
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Admissions

What You Need To Know Before Applying


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.

  • 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)
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Applicants with prior “F” or “D” grades at the graduate level in any graduate program will not be admitted to the A-State MPA program. In addition, students who earn failing (“F) grades in the A-State MPA program are ineligible for readmission to the program. The only exception is with the Capstone.

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.

Submit all documents to:

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

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

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Take a Look at the Online MSE in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma Curriculum


MSE School Counseling program course schedule

Students in the MSE in School Counseling – Crisis and Trauma 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).

COUN 6603: Foundational Knowledge of Professional School Counseling and Professional Practice

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.

COUN 6843: Theories of Professional School Counseling

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Foundational individual and group counseling and education theories used in school counseling for successful student outcomes.

COUN 6663: Techniques and Instructional School Counseling Interventions

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Foundational individual and group counseling skills for student success, including assessment of individual students’ academic, college/career and social/emotional needs and identification of evidence-based direct and indirect school counseling activities in support of student success.

COUN 6623: Data-Informed Professional School Counseling

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.

COUN 6873: Program Development in Professional School Counseling

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.

COUN 6053: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling

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.

COUN 6123: Group Counseling

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. Prerequisite: PSY 6113.

COUN 6473: Counseling Children and Adolescents

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.

COUN 6033: Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

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.

PSY 6543: Psycho-Social Aspects of Development

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.

COUN 6213: Counseling Practicum

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. Spring duration: 15 weeks, Fall duration: 15 weeks, Summer duration: 10 weeks. Prerequisite: Completion of all required program coursework, portfolio, and/or permission of department chair. Student must earn a grade of “B” or better to advance to the next Counseling Internship Course.

COUN 6223: Counseling Internship - Elementary School

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practice including individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, consultation, and program coordination activities. Prerequisite: Completion of all required program coursework, portfolio, and/or permission of department chair.

COUN 6233: Counseling Internship - Secondary School

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practice including individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, consultation, and program coordination activities. Prerequisite: Completion of all required program coursework, portfolio, and/or permission of department chair. Student must earn a grade of “B” or better to advance to the next Counseling Internship Course.

COUN 6883: Introduction to Crisis and Trauma in Children and Adolescents

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Impact of crises and trauma-causing events on cognitive and emotive development in children and adolescents, including social and emotional learning, self-regulation, and relationship building.

COUN 6893: School-Based Crisis Planning and Intervention

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamental planning and intervention for small and large-scale crises, including the development of a crisis intervention plan.

COUN 6803: Multicultural Issues in Crisis and Trauma

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of societal changes, societal subgroups, social norms and interaction patterns with an emphasis on cultural competence and humility in preventing and intervening during a time of crisis.

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.

HIST 3083: History of Arkansas (or equivalent transfer course)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

UNITED STATES HISTORY. 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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