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How to become a Counselor in Arkansas

Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in AR

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Arkansas. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Alaska counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling at (870) 901-7055 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate...

Well, congratulations for being motivated! You will find doing this kind of career research early on will serve you well. There are two main steps you should take in order to best set yourself up for success as an Arkansas Counselor. 1.) Begin working on your higher education. Contact schools offering associate or bachelor degree programs. 2.) Learn where and in what context you can begin gaining experience in a counseling like environment.

Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs you are currently qualified to begin!

The following are organizations that provide volunteering opportunities in Arkansas. You will not be able to experience actual counseling since you are not yet qualified; however, many volunteer options require similar mentalities for success.

I've already received my Bachelor's degree...

Once you have your bachelor's degree, you will need to find a school offering a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling.

Step One:

Click on the links below to contact schools offering Master's or PhD programs in counseling or related field.

Or request information from additional schools offering counseling programs in Arkansas.

Step Two:

After receiving a masters degree, an Arkansas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) needs to begin 3 or more years of supervised full-time professional experience in counseling. One year can be gained with every 30 graduate semester hours in counseling completed.

An LAC does not need to meet these requirements but must always practice under supervision.

You can find more information regarding experience requirements as well as links to download application materials on the following Arkansas Board of Examiners of Counseling webpage.

Step Three:

Once you are ready to apply, you will need to submit a Statement of Professional Intent outlining your plan of practice as a counselor, letters of recommendation, and documentation of supervised professional experience. All of these forms plus the general application for both LPC and LAC can be found on the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling website.

Step Four:

Once your application is accepted, you will need to pass a written and oral exam. First you will need to apply for the written exam and once that is passed you may take the oral. Details and contact information is available here.

When you become licensed, make sure to renew your Arkansas counseling license every other year. You will be sent a reminder from the Board; however, if you let your license expire, you will have to apply again.


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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Main campus located in Chicago, Illinois with additional campuses in Southern California, Washington D.C., and online.
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  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Main campus located in Chicago, Illinois with additional campuses in Southern California, Washington D.C., and online.
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  • Ranked #23 in National Universities in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges from U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1834, its 340 acre campus is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Its student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 58.6% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate is 94%.
  • Its stated mission is “to educate the whole person, graduating students who seek purpose-filled lives while building a community dedicated to serving humanity in the spirit of our motto, Pro Humanitate.
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  • Ranked #23 in National Universities in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges from U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1834, its 340 acre campus is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Its student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 58.6% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate is 94%.
  • Its stated mission is “to educate the whole person, graduating students who seek purpose-filled lives while building a community dedicated to serving humanity in the spirit of our motto, Pro Humanitate.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • A member of The Russell Group of 24 UK research-led universities.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.
  • Teaches students are from over 160 countries worldwide.
  • Holds full accreditation with degrees widely recognized internationally.
  • Degrees pursued online will look the same as degrees pursued on campus.
  • Its Royal Charter has allowed it to independently award bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees since 1903.
  • Over 6,000 international students on campus.
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  • A member of The Russell Group of 24 UK research-led universities.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.
  • Teaches students are from over 160 countries worldwide.
  • Holds full accreditation with degrees widely recognized internationally.
  • Degrees pursued online will look the same as degrees pursued on campus.
  • Its Royal Charter has allowed it to independently award bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees since 1903.
  • Over 6,000 international students on campus.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 top 40 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with specific programmatic accreditation.
  • 14 campuses across Florida, with online options as well as off-site campuses in Shanghai, China and San Marcos, Nicaragua.
  • Founded in 1977, with a current student population of approximately 13,000.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 top 40 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with specific programmatic accreditation.
  • 14 campuses across Florida, with online options as well as off-site campuses in Shanghai, China and San Marcos, Nicaragua.
  • Founded in 1977, with a current student population of approximately 13,000.
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  • Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2013.
  • Designated as a 2015 College of Distinction.
  • Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with accreditation for The College of Business Administration by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
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  • Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2013.
  • Designated as a 2015 College of Distinction.
  • Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with accreditation for The College of Business Administration by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
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  • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine. 
  • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
  • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
  • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities. 
  • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content. 
  • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning. 
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  • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine. 
  • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
  • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
  • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities. 
  • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content. 
  • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning. 
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  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits