Counselor Education

Are you a good listener? Have you always wanted to help people and find a rewarding career doing just that?

Henderson State University's Counselor Education program offers tracks in both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. You will find working as a counselor, whether it be in the community, the schools, the prisons, nursing homes or in other public and private facilities, to be a rewarding experience. The program selects highly qualified and motivated individuals and prepares them to become effective professionals in counseling and related fields.

Counselor preparation encompasses three primary constructs: the knowledge base, which includes the eight CACREP common-core areas; a variety of counseling skills; and personal dispositions.

The educational curriculum at Henderson State features a CACREP accredited master’s program in Mental Health Counseling that provides the student with both traditional brick and mortar classes as well as partial online offerings that are tailored to prepare an individual for state licensure.

Your studies will help you to develop the theoretical knowledge base and the practical skills necessary to enable you to assess and treat mental and emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress, trauma, low self-esteem and grief.  As a counselor, you may also assist others with job and career concerns, educational decisions, and relationship problems. Additionally,  you may be involved in community outreach, advocacy, and mediation activities.

Some of our counselors choose to specialize in delivering mental health services for the elderly. Mental health counselors often work closely with other mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses and school counselors in the provision of psychological services. 

Through academic and clinical coursework students learn to apply theory, acquire a repertoire of helping skills, evaluate and improve personal and professional attributes, develop active listening skills, and cultivate the empathy necessary to work with diverse populations in a counseling relationship. 


A student who is well prepared for this program has a bachelor's degree in psychology, social services, education or one of many other fields.

Certification and job placement

Graduates of Henderson State University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consistently achieve high passage rates on licensing examinations. 

Our School Counseling Track reports similar percentages as seen below. The Department of Education in Arkansas requires that all those applicants seeking a degree in school counseling must pass the Praxis Core in order to achieve certification. All of the graduates in our school counseling program find jobs quickly after graduating.

Applicants Accepted in 2016


Number of Students Enrolled in Counseling Tracks


Number of Graduates


Completion Rate


NCE Examination Pass Rate (Clinical Mental Health)


This represents the pass rate of school counseling students who have chosen to take the NCE to become nationally certified.

Praxis Pass Rate (School Counseling)


Job Placement rate


Many students in our school counseling program are employed as teachers and decide to stay in their teaching position after graduation. The job placement rate provided above represents only the program graduates who were actively seeking employment as school counselors.


Courses in the Counselor Education program include:

  • Psychopathology
  • Family systems
  • Play therapy
  • Counseling children
  • Case management
  • Personality dynamics

Additional courses

Top careers

  • Licensed professional counselor
  • Licensed professional clinical counselor
  • Licensed mental health counselor

Related information


Counselor Education program
HSU Box 7774
870-230-5349 phone