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MSE in School Counseling

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


Program Overview


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.

icon $15,216 Total Tuition
icon AS FEW AS 26-32 MONTHS Program Duration
icon 48 Credit Hours
icon $15,216 Total Tuition
icon AS FEW AS 26-32 MONTHS Program Duration
icon 48 Credit Hours
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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.

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 ASCA-aligned online master’s in school counseling program, you will gain an understanding of:

  • The legal and ethical considerations in supporting students with disabilities
  • Best practices in enhancing students’ communication skills as an English language learner to better support their academic, social and emotional growth
  • Appropriate leveling coursework to motivate and unlock the potential of the gifted and talented school community
  • 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, 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 in School Counseling – Special Populations 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 $15,216
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00

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
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
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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 – Special Populations online 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. 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.

  • 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
  • Complete three Essay Questions
  • Two Recommendation Forms, with at least one completed by a work supervisor and at least one completed by a faculty member in the applicant's most recent academic program of study
  • Applicants who have not been enrolled in an academic program for more than five years may substitute a recommendation from a current or recent employer for the faculty recommendation
    • Please note: All recommendation letters are confidential. MSE School Counseling Applicants waive their right to view these recommendation letters after submission.
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for 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 requirements.
  • Applicants who have not been enrolled in an academic program for more than five years may substitute a recommendation from a current or recent employer for the faculty recommendation
    • Please note: All recommendation letters are confidential. MSE School Counseling Applicants waive their right to view these recommendation letters after submission.
  • 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.
  • Complete three Essay Questions
  • Two Recommendation Forms, with at least one completed by a work supervisor and at least one completed by a faculty member in the applicant's most recent academic program of study
  • Applicants who have not been enrolled in an academic program for more than five years may substitute a recommendation from a current or recent employer for the faculty recommendation
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for 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 requirements.

Additional Information

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

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


MSE School Counseling program course schedule

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).

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 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.

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. 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 - Secondary School

Duration: 15 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.

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 6813: Counseling Students with Disabilities in the School Setting

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.

COUN 6703: Counseling English Language Learners in the School Setting

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.

COUN 6003: Counseling Students Who Are Gifted and Talented in the School Setting

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.

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