The Education Specialist (EdS) Degree Program in Counselor Education is a 30-hour
graduate program designed for individuals who already hold a Master’s degree in counseling
or closely-related field (psychology or counseling psychology).
The program assists practicing counselors to develop greater expertise and leadership
skills in their current counseling field and to gain knowledge and practice in the
supervision of counselors. Courses are offered during evening hours, on Saturdays,
or in hybrid or online formats to accommodate those who may already be working in
clinical mental health or school settings.
- Master’s degree in Counselor Education or a closely -related counseling field (psychology
or counseling psychology) from an accredited graduate institution.
- GPA of 3.25 or higher on all graduate work attempted, as shown on graduate level transcripts,
including courses in programs that were not completed.
- Applicants will include at least three professional recommendations. It is preferable
for these letters of recommendation to be submitted by current or former supervisors,
employers, or faculty members.
- Letter of Intent (Personal Autobiographical Essay) Applicants will write a letter
of intent describing their experience in counseling or closely related field, explaining
their interest in pursuing advanced graduate study and a career in counseling, and
clarifying how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional
aspirations. It is important that the letter of intent demonstrate writing quality
and professional presentation. The letter of intent should be double spaced and three
pages in length.
- Personal Interview The personal interview with the Admissions Committee is the final
requirement for admission into the program. The Admissions Committee is composed of
counseling faculty. Applicants are selected for the interview based on the quality
of the previous criteria.