Increase Your Impact as an Educator

Rider’s Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) provides advanced training for professional counselors in the expanding demands of their profession. Blending theory and practical application, our program provides opportunities for those seeking a career change, specialization in a specific area and broadening skill development. 

Tailor your Ed.S. studies with one of three concentration areas: school counseling, clinical mental health counseling and director of counseling services. 

Admission Requirements

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Prepare to Change the Lives of Many

Rider Ed.S. candidates build knowledge in the latest developments of the profession and gain practical field experience that adds value to their professional competencies. Through individualized advising, candidates also develop and grow professionally.

Topics Covered

  • 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
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The program was small enough to give me that personal attention but large enough to give me significant connections throughout NJ. Every day, I wake up with a sense of gratitude for my thriving practice and being able to contribute towards my community in a meaningful way.
Tamara Pommells LPC, LCADC, ACS ’11
Counseling Services (Ed.S.)
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Program Requirements

Our 66-credit program can be customized to align with your career needs and goals. Students also have the option to incorporate certificate programs into their plan of study. Likewise, candidates may require more than 66 credits to achieve their desired professional objectives. 

The Ed.S. in Counseling Services also meets the academic requirements for certification as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) certificate.

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Emmanuel Ahia

Professor and Director, Ed.S. Counseling Services Program, & M.A. Clinical Mental Health Program

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

eahia [at]


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