School Counseling Master of Education

School Counseling at SAU

The Southern Arkansas University School Counseling Program prepares knowledgeable, self-aware professional school counselors and fulfills the licensure requirements for K-12 school Counseling credentials in Arkansas.

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.

It is incumbent upon students from other states to determine the licensing requirements in their state.  

Admission to the School Counseling Program may be obtained
through one of the following Pathways:

Add to a Standard License Pathway

The K-12 Endorsement to a Standard License pathway* is available only to those individuals who hold a valid teaching license.

*For certified Arkansas teachers

First-Time Standard Licensure Pathway

The K-12 initial license pathway is available to those individuals who hold an Education Certificate. For more information contact the program director.

Program Contact

US News and World Report ranks School Counseling among 2023's Best Jobs

With a median salary of over $60,000 per year, school counselors provide critical academic, personal and developmental support to school-age children.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9.6% employment growth for school counselors between 2021 and 2031. In that period, an estimated 32,400 jobs should open up.

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

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*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.

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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.

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