The Educational Specialist (Ed.S), a 66-credit terminal degree beyond the master’s level, provides advanced training for professional counselors in the expanding demands of their profession. The program provides opportunities for those seeking a career change, specialization in a specific area, and broadening skill development. Certificate programs may be incorporated into student’s plan of study.

There are three concentrations: school counseling; clinical mental health counseling and director of counseling services. Individualized advising helps candidates develop and grow professionally in the following specialty areas:

  • Multicultural Counseling Issues
  • College Counseling and Higher Education Affairs
  • Group Counseling and Process
  • Special Needs of At-Risk Students
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Career Counseling and Development
  • Substance Abuse
  • Geriatrics/Hospice Issues
  • Probation/Parole Counseling
  • Elementary/Secondary School Counseling
  • Family and Marital Issues in Counseling
  • Grief and Crisis Counseling
  • Grant Writing/Management

The Ed.S. in Counseling Services also meets the academic requirements for certification as an Approved Clinical Supervisor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Course Requirements for an Ed.S. in Counseling Services

Group I—Professional and Psychological Foundations (36 semester hours)
COUN-500 Introduction to Counseling Services
COUN-503 Group Counseling
COUN-505 Vocational/Career Development
COUN-520 Multicultural Counseling and Relationship Development
COUN-530 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
COUN-660 Counseling Supervision: Issues, Concepts and Methods
CNPY-502 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
CNPY-514 Psychopathology
EDPS-503 Human Growth and Development
EDPS-520 Measurements, Tests, and Assessments in Counseling/School Psychology
EDPS-521 Statistics and Qualitative Data Analysis
EDUC-500 Introduction to Research
Group II—Field Experience (15 semester hours)
COUN-550 Counseling Techniques Laboratory



Elementary School Counseling Practicum
Secondary School Counseling Practicum
Individual Counseling Practicum
Group Counseling Practicum
COUN-590 Internship in Counseling I
COUN-591 Internship in Counseling II
COUN-690 Internship in Counseling Specialty I
Group III—Special and Related Areas (15 semester hours)
COUN-508 Foundations of Community Counseling (Community)
COUN-510 Approaches to Family Counseling
COUN-515 Substance Abuse Counseling
COUN-516 Strategies in Addiction Counseling
COUN-525 Gender Issues in Counseling
COUN-535 Holistic Wellness Counseling
COUN-600 Independent Study and Research in Counseling Services
CNPY-503 Psychological Development of the Adult and Aging
CNPY-515 Consultation in School and Agency Settings
CNPY-516 Advanced Psychopathology
CNPY-518 Counseling with Children, Adolescents and Their Families
CURR-531 Curriculum Development and Design
EDAD-501 Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory
EDAD-505 Concepts of Instructional Supervision
EDPS-502 Psychological Development of the Child and Adolescent
EDSO-501 Foundations of School Counseling: Referral Sources for Clients and Special Needs Students
EDSO-510 Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Education
EDUC-530 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education
PPCS-501 Sociology and Psychology of Crime and Delinquency