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We are now taking applications for Spring 2015 and Summer/Fall 2015!
All application materials, including reference letters and test score, must be in our office for review two weeks before we can extend an invitation to interview. The last interview date for spring will be Friday, December 5th.  We will begin interviewing for Summer/Fall in February.  It is rolling admissions, so apply early if possible!

Why Choose Harding's Professional Counseling Program?

  • Practical tools/techniques for developing professional counseling skills
  • Faculty members with Christian values and real-world experiences
  • Current and up-to-date strategies and content
  • Practical preparation for success in school counseling and professional community counseling
  • Preparation for advanced graduate studies in a variety of helping disciplines
  • Training in a career choice that makes a difference through promoting mental and emotional well-being
Professional Counseling: School (MS)

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This degree is designed as a practical program preparing entrance-level professionals to become competent professional school counselors. Practice is given in utilizing current counseling principles in real-world settings through practicum and internship experiences. Candidates are equipped with strategies including cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, and crises. This base will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across K -12.

Courses meet current course requirements for K-12 licensure/practice for counseling in public or private schools, including higher education, as approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.

NOTE: Application of this degree varies according to the graduate’s goals. Examples: Licensure as a School Counselor in some states (excluding Arkansas) requires teacher licensure in addition to this degree.

Master of Science Degrees

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science Degree Programs

Admission to Harding University is determined on an individual basis with the following criteria considered: (1) academic preparation, (2) character, (3) educational interests and (4) academic potential. Effort is made to admit all students who qualify and who can benefit from the unique educational program and opportunities available at Harding irrespective of their religious faith, national origin, sex, race or color. When applying, students should be aware of the distinct purpose of Harding University and be willing to commit themselves to upholding institutional values.

Applicants for the Master of Science degree programs must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or more, or 2.75 on the last 60 hours, attested by official transcript(s); OR an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, attested by an official transcript.
  2. Earn the required score on one of the following entrance exams or hold a current teaching license:
    • PRAXIS II Examinations, earning at least the Arkansas cut-off score for licensure (Principles of Learning and Teaching and Specialty area)
    • Miller Analogies Test, minimum target score of 380
    • GRE general exam, minimum score of 900 (Quantitative and Verbal combined).

Application Procedure

  1. Application pdf for MS in School Counseling.  
  2. Applications must be accompanied by a $40 application fee which is not refundable and will not apply against the general registration fee if the applicant enrolls.
  3. Applications must provide satisfactory references from three individuals attesting to the applicant’s professional or academic performance, including one related to professional ability in the degree area to which the student is applying.
  4. Professional Counseling applicants must complete a personal interview with the professional counseling faculty. The interview will include a writing prompt and assessment of the candidate’s professional objectives, professional commitment, level of self-awareness, and compatibility with the counseling program.
  5. Professional Counseling applicants must have on file a signed copy of the Limitations of Supervision Statement of Understanding.

Provisional Admission

A student who does not fully meet the requirements listed above may receive provisional admission, with the approval of counseling faculty, if he or she:

  1. Holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average below 2.50 but not less than 2.35, attested by official transcript(s). Provisional status is removed when the student completes 12 graduate level hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average, six of which must be in the academic area of concentration.

Other Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, students must consult with director of their program or assigned advisor concerning the required course of study, register for classes online through Campus Pipeline each semester, and complete financial registration with the Business Office online.

Leveling courses, if required, will not be included within the semester hour requirements for the Master of Science degree programs.

All coursework must be completed within a period of eight calendar years. Course work taken more than eight years before graduation will not be acceptable.

Admission to the Professional Counseling Program does not guarantee retention.

At least one month before the initial practicum semester in the Professional Counseling Program, request for admission to field placement and other required forms must be completed and submitted via the "Practicum and Intern Student" page of this web site. All forms must be submitted 30 days prior to beginning field placement.

Transfer and International Students

Correspondence credit will not apply toward the master’s degree. Students may transfer semester hours from other accredited graduate schools, subject to the approval of the chair of graduate studies in education. Counseling students may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours and educational Technology students may transfer a maximum of six semester hours in which they have a grade of “B” or higher. All coursework to be transferred must be completed before a student’s last semester.

A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for students whose native language is not English, unless the student already holds a degree from an American college or university.

Academic Standing Requirements

These requirements can be found in the Professional Counseling Clinical and School Handbook on this web site.

Degree Requirements

Requests for degree may be submitted prior to a student’s final semester but must be submitted no later than the first week of the final semester. The graduation fee must be paid to the Business Office the last semester before graduation.

Professional Counseling: Clinical Mental Health (MS/EdS)

 

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This degree prepares candidates in advanced knowledge and skills to become leaders and practitioners in the field of professional counseling/psychotherapy. Practice is given in utilizing current counseling principles in real-world settings through practicum and internship experiences.  Candidates are equipped with strategies including cognitive, affective, behavioral or systematic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, crisis and mental health including pathology.  This program will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across the lifespan.

This program provides training in clinical counseling emphasizing advanced work in the DSM IV-TR, psychopharmacology and family counseling. The program includes classroom and field experiences that develop competency in advanced counseling/psychotherapy practice.

This degree can lead to professional credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor and prepares for professional counseling practice in a variety of settings including but not limited to schools, community, mental health, private practice and ministry.

Educational Specialist Degrees

Harding offers an Educational Specialist degree in two areas: Educational Leadership and Professional Counseling: Clinical Mental Health.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Harding University is determined on an individual basis with the following criteria considered: (1) academic preparation, (2) character, (3) educational interests and (4) academic potential. Effort is made to admit all students who qualify and who can benefit from the unique educational program and opportunities available at Harding irrespective of their religious faith, national origin, sex, race or color. When applying, students should be aware of the distinct purpose of Harding University and be willing to commit themselves to upholding institutional values.

Applicants for the MS/EdS degree program must:

  1. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or more, or 2.75 on the last 60 hours, attested by official transcript(s); OR an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited college of university, attested by an official transcript(s).
  2. Successfully complete the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score of 380 or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the analytical section.
  3. Abide by the university Code of Conduct. Counseling students must also abide by the Graduate Policies and Procedures.

Application Procedure

  1. Application pdf for MS/EdS.
  2. Applications must be accompanied by a $40 application fee which is not refundable and will not apply against the general registration fee if the applicant enrolls.
  3. Applicants must provide satisfactory references from three individuals attesting to the applicant’s professional or academic performance, including one related to professional ability in the degree area to which the student is applying.
  4. Counseling applications must include a professional resume.
  5. For the Education Leadership program, submit written support from immediate supervisor that includes a commitment allowing candidate to participate in field experiences.

Application Review and Selection of Candidates

Each applicant will be interviewed by the program area graduate faculty. This interview will determine the candidate’s professional objectives, professional commitment, and the compatibility of the program with his or her goals and interests. The applicant must complete an impromptu writing sample at the time of the interview.

The chair of Graduate Studies or the director of each specific program may request additional information from the applicant prior to final approval for admittance to the specialist program.

Other Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, students must consult with the assigned advisor of their program concerning the required course of study, register for classes online through Campus Pipeline each semester, and complete financial registration with the Business Office online.

“Leveling courses,” if required, will not be included within the semester hour requirements for the specialist degree.

Course work that is taken more than six years before graduation will not be acceptable. The Professional Counseling program must be completed within eight years.

Transfer Students

Up to 6 hours of credit for coursework from other accredited institutions of higher education may be transferred if the institution is accredited by NCATE, TEAC, or a similar accrediting organization and the earned grade was a “B” or higher. For Educational Leadership, the institution must have a program of study that is reflective of both the Arkansas Standards of Licensure for District-Level Administrators and the Interstate School Leaders Consortium. All transfer hours are subject to the approval of the chair of graduate studies in education and must be completed before a student’s last semester.

Academic Standing Requirements

These requirements are listed in the Professional Counseling Student Handbook.

Degree Requirements

Requests for degree may be submitted prior to a student’s final semester but must be submitted no later than the first week of the final semester. The graduation fee must be paid to the Business Office the last semester before graduation.

Dr. Jenene Alexander, Director
Counseling Program
College of Education
Harding University
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149
gradcounseling@harding.edu

professionalcounseling@harding.edu

schoolcounseling@harding.edu