Southern Arkansas University

School Counseling, M.Ed.
at Southern Arkansas University
Get started and receive more information from a program coordinator.
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden

A SAU M.Ed. is among the most affordable in the nation.

Average Graduate Tuition and Fees Per Year
















*Tuition and fees are calculated as an average of public four-year universities’ published tuition and fees. Source: Department of Education

Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas who chose to live in university housing or reside in a bordering Texas county or Louisiana parish.

About the Program

Master of Education (School Counseling)

Specific Degree Requirements
All candidates for the master’s degree with specialization in school counseling will be required to complete 48 semester hours selected from the courses listed below.
School Counseling Curriculum
Professional Education Core Courses (3 credit hours)
EDUC    6003       Educational Research
Counseling Core Courses (36 credit hours)
COUN     6123     Foundations of School Counseling
COUN     6403     Introduction to the Counseling Profession
COUN     6413     Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in
COUN     6423     Counseling Theories
COUN     6433     Basic Counseling Skills
COUN     6443     Group Counseling
COUN     6453     Human Development for Helping Professionals
COUN     6463     Career Counseling: Theory and Practice
COUN     6473     Counseling in a Diverse Society
COUN     6483     Assessment Procedures for Counselors
COUN     6583     Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN     6763     Development and Administration of School
                               Counseling Programs
Supervised Experience (choose 9 credit hours)
COUN        6493      Practicum in Counseling
*COUN     6653       Internship I in Elementary School Counseling
*COUN     6673       Internship II in Elementary School Counseling
*COUN     6803      Internship I in Secondary School Counseling
*COUN     6823      Internship II in Secondary School Counseling
*Internships must consist of both an elementary and secondary experience.


School Counseling Graduate Certificate
Applicants must already hold a master’s degree in a related counseling field and meet the requirements for admission to the school counseling program. For more information contact the program director.
Counseling Core Courses: (6 credit hours)
COUN 6123 Foundations of School Counseling
COUN 6763 Development and Administration of School Counseling Program
Supervised Experience (choose 6 credit hours)
*COUN 6653 Internship I in Elementary School Counseling
*COUN 6673 Internship II in Elementary School Counseling
*COUN 6803 Internship I in Secondary School Counseling
*COUN 6823 Internship II in Secondary School Counseling
*Internships must consist of both an elementary and secondary experience

The knowledge gained in Counseling 6763 is critical to this profession. Through this course, I learned to develop an effective school counseling program using the components of the ASCA National Model and to manage my time optimally. The course provided hands-on experience, valuable tools for my counseling tool box, and the opportunity to create lasting professional friendships.
Kim Merrell, M. ED. in School Counseling December 2017,
Pictured with Varonica Kennedy, M. Ed. in School Counseling August 2017

Kim Merrell, M. ED. in School Counseling December 2017

I wouldn’t be the educator I am today if it had not been for the professors I had at SAU. I faced my first school crisis in February of 2018. Nothing can really prepare you for these things, but I can surely say the training and skillset I received during my time in this program prepared me to step in and assist as needed. I left campus that day knowing I had been reassuring and a comfort to the students.
Kelly Muldrew, M. Ed. in School Counseling December 2017

Kelly Muldrew

I chose SAU for my master’s degree in School Counseling because it was local and close to my home. The process of getting started was great and my advisors were so patient with me. Throughout the program, I really felt support by the staff in achieving my goal of becoming a school counselor. I felt I was getting the highest quality hands-on experience I could! Using what I have learned from the school counseling program and my degree, I was able to get a job as an elementary school counselor right away and build up the program at my current job.
Jessica Hogan, M. Ed. in School Counseling December 2017

Jessica Hogan


Counseling and Professional Studies / College of Education and Human Performance

Hours Required: 48
Categories: Graduate
Completion Time: 2.5 - 3 years *

* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer


The Southern Arkansas School Counseling Program prepares knowledgeable, self-aware professional school counselors and fulfills the licensure requirements for school counseling K-12 for advanced credentials in Arkansas. It is incumbent upon students from other states to determine the licensing requirements in their state.   With an appropriate balance of theoretical emphasis and practical application, graduates are trained to address the developmental needs of children and adolescents and to implement Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Programs that are consistent with the American School Counselor Association’s National Model and National Standards.


Add-On Licensure

The K-12 add-on license is available to those individuals who currently hold a valid teaching license.  Currently employed teachers who are interested in obtaining this advanced credential should understand that it requires a 300-hour internship at an elementary and secondary building for a total of 600 hours.  Only in rare instances are concurrent internships approved.

Applicants to the M.Ed. in School Counseling are required to submit a letter of application to the Director of Counselor Education prior to admission to the program.

Program Contact

What our students say

About SAU

Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.

Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.

Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.

Southern Arkansas University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. All Rights Reserved.
100 E. University, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753-5000 Telephone: (870) 235-4000
Online Privacy