Graduate Counseling Program
Welcome to the Professional Counseling graduate program of Harding University. This is an overview about this growing and exciting program. We are a CACREP accredited program! CACREP is the gold standard for counseling accreditation nationally, and it allows our students to easily license in other states as well as work with military clients. We offer this program on our Northwest AR, Searcy, AR and Memphis, TN campuses; therefore, you have a choice on your location while in graduate school. Some courses are also offered on the North Little Rock site. We have a 48-hour Master of Science (M.S.) in Professional School Counseling degree. This degree would enable you to work as a k-12 school counselor. We also have a 68-hour M.S./Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Some of the career opportunities for clinical mental health therapists (LAC/LPC) are adult counseling, premarital counseling, couples counseling, career counseling, family counseling, group counseling, self-injurious behaviors counseling, problems in childhood, play therapy, and psychotherapy. A student can apply as an M.S./Ed.S. candidate and complete dual licensure coursework to satisfy both school counseling and clinical mental health licensure. During the program, you will have the opportunity to work with students in other healthcare fields through several interprofessional experiences and you will get a minimum of 800 hours of hands on experience with clients under the supervision of our faculty as well as a site supervisor in the field.
We believe all people, if given the opportunity, can learn! We have a responsibility to educate students from all backgrounds, and, here at Harding, we are particularly proud of the our graduates and the lives that they impact every single day. Our graduate programs are known for graduating leaders who are successful administrators, counselors and human service professionals who have their sights on providing excellent care.
Professional Counseling is a growing field! Counselors are in demand, so jobs are waiting to be filled. It is estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that careers in the school counseling field will grow by 12-13% by 2022, and careers in the mental health counseling field will grow by 29-31% by 2022.
You can find our application on the "Admissions and Curriculum" page. If you are on campus and would like to stop by and visit with us, we are located in the American Studies 113. We would love to meet you and answer any questions you have about our program.
Preparing tomorrows outstanding, ethical counseling professionals
Mission Statements & Annual Reports
University Mission Statement: “The integration of Faith, Learning, and Living by the Development of Christian Scholarship, the Promotion of Christian Ethics, the Development of Lasting Relationships, the Promotion of Wellness, and the Promotion of Citizenship within a Global Perspective.”
College of Education Mission Statement:: “The mission of the College of Education is to equip and sustain reflective, lifelong learners who are competent, confident, compassionate and courageous professionals, who, in turn, will inspire and enable those they serve.”
Professional Counseling Mission Statement: “The mission of Harding's Professional Counseling: Clinical and School Program is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to a diverse population. To that end, students from Arkansas and surrounding states will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding's Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.”
The Counselor Connection:
College of Education:
Drug Addiction & Abuse Info:
This resource is intended to assist students, parents and educators in learning the requirements and routes to become licensed and/or certified in the various counseling disciplines.
Veterans/Military Training Info:
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