Counselor Education

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Master of Education in Counselor Education

The Master of Education in Counselor Education (CNSL) program prepares individuals as elementary and secondary school counselors. Instruction is provided in working with students K-12 to help them benefit from their educational experiences; address educational, social, and personal problems; and prepare for careers and further education. The program is theory based and practice oriented.

The counselor education program also provides course work and training for individuals who already hold a master’s degree and wish to add certification as a school counselor and course work for individuals holding master’s degrees in related areas who need specific additional hours to qualify for their professional counseling license (LPC). School counselor certification requires an evaluation of transcripts by the program coordinator. Evaluation of transcripts by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling is required to identify specific courses needed to qualify for the professional counseling license (LPC). For more information about the graduate program in counselor education, visit the program’s website.


Admissions Requirements

Regular and Conditional Admission

All applicants must have:

  • Eligibility for educator licensure. (Arkansas or other state)
  • Interview and favorable recommendations from program faculty.
  • Completed College of Education and Health Professions Biographical Data Form.
  • Current résumé.
Regular Admission (additional requirements)
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75, or
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, or
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
Conditional Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.5, and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, or
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Licensure

Students seeking school counselor licensure in Arkansas are required to have eligibility for an Arkansas Educator License. Eligibility requires a passing score on the Praxis I and Praxis II in the subject area of the license along with a completed degree or program of study in the area of the license. At UALR, the program of study or the master’s degree in Counselor Education is required for licensure in school counseling in Arkansas. A background check of criminal and/or other records is required by the Department of Education. See the Arkansas Department of Education for information regarding background checks. Candidates seeking licensure or certification in school counseling in other states need to check the requirements of the states where they plan to be employed.


Program Requirements

The Counselor Education degree requires a minimum of 36-48 credit hours depending on prior graduate work and undergraduate prerequisites, including 6 to 12 education core hours, depending on undergraduate preparation, 24 M.Ed. counseling core hours, nine supervised practice hours, SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education or undergraduate equivalent, and six to nine approved elective hours depending on prior graduate work. Arkansas licensure in school counseling requires 48 graduate credit hours. If students have prior graduate work or a graduate degree, credit may be granted toward the 48-hour requirement for licensure but not the minimum 36 credit hours for the M.Ed. degree. For students without prior graduate credits, the degree is 48 credit hours. A student’s progress is evaluated after 12 semester hours, and the student’s advisor approves advancement to candidacy if progress is satisfactory. In addition, state certification requires a score of at least 600 on the Praxis II School Guidance and Counseling, examination.

Completion of the degree requires successful completion of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination will be evaluated by program and department faculty for the student’s ability to synthesize knowledge in response to questions covering all areas of his / her study. It is offered three times a year on specified dates. Students who perform inadequately may retake the exam as many as two times, but additional course work or study may be required before the second retake.

Education Core Area Courses

EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research
EDFN 7330 Human Development
LSTE 7303 Technology and Instruction in Society
or equivalent

Electives

Electives may be chosen from this list. Other appropriate courses may be utilized as electives. All electives must be approved by the student’s advisor.

CNSL 7109, 7209, 7309 Independent Study
CNSL 7310 Human Sexuality
COUN 7362 Psychological Aspects of Disability*
COUN 7369 Intro to Family Counseling*
COUN 7370 Psychopharmacology in Counseling*
EDAS 7303 Education Law and Ethics
EDFN 7320 Advanced Educational Psychology
LSTE 7303 Technology and Instruction in Society
LSTE 7305 Survey of Computer Based Learning Systems
READ 7326 Developmental Reading
SCED 7301 Secondary School Curriculum
SPED 5312 Medical Problems in Child Development
SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
SPED 7362 Direct Teaching of Social Skills in Children and Youth
SPED 7365 Individualized Education Programs

*Courses also required for students seeking an LPC


Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of an approved program of study as outlined above.
  • Successful completion of the comprehensive exam or thesis.

Courses in Counseling: Counselor Education

Prerequisite for all courses: graduate standing and approval of program coordinator.

CNSL 7109, 7209, 7309 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of advisor. Topics of individual interest; might include aging, at-risk children, adolescence, handicapped children, child abuse, children of divorce, single parent families, ethics, children of alcoholic families, etc. One to three hours credit. Offered on demand.

CNSL 7206 Orientation to Industry and Occupations
Includes social, economic perspectives of work world; emerging views of work; various topics related to employability and employment; plant/business tours; shadowing of workers; requires an individual project.

CNSL 7211 Guidance and Counseling Fundamentals for Educators
(Course for non-majors) Issues, functions, scope of guidance, counseling program in public education setting; programmatic components, counselor roles; counseling, delivery of services in multi-ethnic setting.

CNSL 7300 Foundations for School Guidance and Counseling Programs
Pupil services; includes pupil personnel services, models of guidance, the professional school counselor, pupil populations with special needs; emphasis on history, philosophy, organization, functions of guidance and counseling programs in the schools.

CNSL 7301 Counseling Theories and Applications
Experiential, relationship-oriented, cognitively-oriented, behaviorally-oriented approaches to counseling; emphasis on counselor as an instrument of counseling, development of a personal theory of counseling, legal and ethical responsibilities of counselors.

CNSL 7302 Models and Techniques for Counseling Interviews
Prerequisite: CNSL 7301. Techniques, procedures for counseling interviews; emphasis on mastery of levels of skills within a microskills hierarchy for counseling interviews, appropriate use of skills in various stages of counseling.

CNSL 7303 Career Development, Planning, and Information Services
Theoretical approaches to career development, planning; includes career development theories, planning, education, guidance models; needs of special populations, delivery systems.

CNSL 7305 Appraisal Resources and Services in Counseling
Emphasis on appropriate selection, administration, uses of a variety of testing, and other techniques; individual analysis; case management in the counseling setting.

CNSL 7307 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Processes, theories of group counseling; developing personal approach for applying concepts, processes.

CNSL 7308 Cross Cultural Counseling
Prerequisites: CNSL 7300, 7301, and 7302, or consent of instructor. Environmental, personal, socio-economic, psychological characteristics of special client (culturally different) groups; counseling theories, techniques applied to culturally different individuals, and groups; emphasis on knowledge, skills in cross- cultural counseling; includes potential sources of misunderstanding investigated from various counseling modes.

CNSL 7310 Human Sexuality
Prerequisite: EDFN 7330, CNSL 7300, 7301, and 7302 or consent of instructor. Biological, psychosocial, behavioral, clinical, cultural factors; literature of; skills of communicating knowledge via counseling strategies for human sexual behaviors.

CNSL 7312 Advanced Cross Cultural Counseling
Prerequisite: CNSL 7308. This course expands upon the curriculum base in CNSL 7308 Cross Cultural Counseling through the identification of multiple intervention strategies with emphasis on advanced focus on school-aged youth and their families. It includes advanced emphasis on content and process development.

CNSL 7313 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Counseling
Profession Review of legal and ethical standards in school and community counseling related to counselor training, research, and practice. Topics include: client rights, confidentiality, the client-counselor relationship, professional relationships, duty to warn, counselor supervision, counseling minors and case law in counseling.

CNSL 7320 Practicum: Counseling Services-Elementary Education
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in program management, information services, appraisal services in elementary school counseling; focus on operationalizing cognitive content of core courses. Requires 75 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a (B) or greater before enrolling in an internship.

CNSL 7321 Practicum: Counseling Services-Secondary Education
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in program management, information services, appraisal services in secondary school counseling; focus on operationalizing cognitive content of core courses. Requires 75 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a (B) or greater before enrolling in an internship.

CNSL 7330 Practicum: School Counseling
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in program management, information services, appraisal services in school counseling; focus on operationalizing cognitive content of core courses. Requires 100 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a B or greater before enrolling in an internship.

CNSL 7331 Practicum: Counseling-Secondary Education
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised experience in individual counseling, group counseling, case management in secondary schools; emphasis on application of cognitive content, practice of skills. Requires 75 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a B or greater before enrolling in an internship.

CNSL 7340, 7640 Internship: School Counseling
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Supervised internship in school setting; requires student involvement in a variety of on-the-job activities; includes program management, appraisal services, information services, case management, individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, teacher consultation, parent consultation, career guidance. Requires 100 clock hours of work per credit hour; 600 hours for degree. May enroll for three hours each of two semesters or six hours in one semester.

CNSL 7341, 7641. Internship: Counseling Services-Secondary Education
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in secondary school setting; requires student involvement in variety of on-the-job activities; includes program management, appraisal services, information services, case management, individual and group counseling. Requires 50 clock hours of work per credit hour; 300 hours for degree. May enroll for three hours each of two semesters or six hours in one semester.

CNSL 7399 Thesis
Prerequisites: 36 hours of graduate credit in counseling and educational foundations including Educational Foundations 7171 and 7303, and consent of the program advisor. Development of a formal research project; content determined in conjunction with a faculty committee chosen by the student. May be repeated for six hours total.


Courses in Interpreting for the Deaf

INTR 5320 Survey of Communication Methods
Communication methods/systems and languages (English and American Sign Language) used by children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing; understanding the intra- and cross- cultural communication issues that provide the impetus for choice of communication method and/or language; focus will be on development of conceptually accurate sign language skills utilizing English structure in an interactive approach for receptive and expressive sign language fluency. Offered in spring