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MSE in School Counseling
Master of Science in Education in School Counseling Online

Program Overview


Gain the knowledge and qualification you need to effectively develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs designed to maximize students’ academic, career and social potential. Our MSE in School Counseling online program prepares you for licensure to practice in public or private schools as approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.

icon $14,700 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 48 Credit Hours
icon $14,700 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 48 Credit Hours
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This program provides you with individualized, advanced practical experience working with adolescents 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.

In this CACREP-aligned program, you will gain an understanding of:

  • The counseling process in a multicultural society
  • Professional orientation and ethical practice
  • The cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural society
  • The nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts
  • Career development and related life factors
  • Group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills and other group approaches in a multicultural society through both theoretical information and experiential exercises
  • Individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society
  • Research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation

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


Our MSE – School Counseling 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 $14,700
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $306.25
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$268.00 $38.25 $306.25 $804.00 $114.75 $918.75

Calendar


The MSE – School Counseling 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 2018 7wk 10/15/2018 12/7/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/5/2018 10/12/2018 11/14/2018
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 5wk 5/28/2019 6/28/2019 5/6/2019 5/13/2019 5/17/2019 5/24/2019 6/14/2019
5wk 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


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 program, students must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA unless approved for conditional admission. A teaching certificate is not required for this program in Arkansas. Students should check for specific requirements in their state. See full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution
  • No record as a felon or sex offender
  • Official report of a GRE score obtained within the last five (5) years

Applicants to the program who do not qualify for unconditional admission may qualify for conditional admission.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • No record as a felon or sex offender
  • Meet one of the following academic requirements:
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale and 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours (admission with this GPA is contingent on a letter of recommendation from the school superintendent or principal), or
    • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) from a graduate school and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited university.
  • Conditional admission requires that the candidate make a grade of B or better during the first 12 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University.

Additional Information

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: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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

Courses


Students in the MSE – School counseling online program are required to complete 48 credit hours of coursework.

Students in this program must complete the following courses (48 credit hours).

COUN 6013: Introduction to School Counseling

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of professional roles and functions, goals and objectives, organizations and associations, history and trends, ethical and legal standards, professional preparation standards and credentialing of the school counselor.

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.

COUN 6043: Career Development and Services

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of career development theories, and lifestyle and career decision making models. The application of the theories and models across the life span and populations utilizing occupational information, assessment instruments and computer/Internet resources as career counseling tools will be addressed.

COUN 6073: Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation in School Counseling

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of practices involved in planning, organizing, and coordinating a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, including principles and applications of needs assessment and program evaluation. Prerequisite: COUN 6013.

COUN 6113: Theories and Techniques in Counseling

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of contemporary and alternative counseling theories that provide the student with models to conceptualize client presentation and that help the student select appropriate counseling interventions. Models of counseling are consistent with current professional research and practice so to allow students to develop a personal model of counseling. Prerequisite: The student must be admitted into an appropriate graduate psychology or counseling program. Permission of the instructor required.

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 6213: Counseling Practicum

Duration: 7 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.

COUN 6223: Counseling Internship I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practice including individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, consultation, and program coordination activities. Prerequisites: COUN 6073, COUN 6213, and permission of screening committee. Student must earn a grade of “B” or better to advance to COUN 6233.

COUN 6233: Counseling Internship II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practice including individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, consultation, and program coordination activities. Prerequisites: COUN 6073, COUN 6213, and permission of screening committee. Student must earn a grade of "B" or better to advance to COUN 6223.

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.

PSY 6573: Psychological Testing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the principles of measurement as applied to intelligence, aptitude, interest, and achievement testing.

PSY 6613: Professional Consultation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of roles and characteristics of consultants and consultees, legal and ethical issues in consultation, and evaluation of consultation practices. Includes practical experiences for skills development. Prerequisite: PSY 6113.

ELFN 6773: Introduction to Statistics and Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.

COUN 6053: Ethical and Legal Issues in School 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 6433: Crisis Counseling

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the role of and responsibilities of the professional school counselor in relation to the school emergency management plan, crises, disasters, and trauma. Students will likewise learn evidence-based counseling strategies and techniques for prevention and intervention in the school setting.

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.

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