The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree Program in Counselor Education is designed for individuals who already hold a Master's degree in counseling or a related field. The program objectives are to assist 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. The program will build upon the knowledge, skills, and dispositions counseling professionals have acquired from pursuing the Master's degree and being employed in the profession.
The Ed.S. Program will provide a venue for practicing counselors in clinical mental health or school settings to learn more about advancing client/student achievement and clarifying their professional identity. Additionally, the EdS Program will provide opportunities for counselors to further develop their clinical counseling and group skills, their professional identity, their theoretical orientations, and ability to supervise others. Throughout the program, counseling professionals will become more self-aware, more knowledgeable about current counseling policies and practices, more skilled at collaborating with other professionals to effect change, and more responsive to the particular needs of students and clients.
The Ed.S. Program is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students. 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. Applicants who hold either current state counseling licensure or school counselor certification, and who have a history of professional counseling work and service to others will be considered more highly during the admissions process. Although the student body at GRU is quite varied, we are committed to increasing the numbers of diverse students in our program to be more representative of the surrounding community.
All of the full-time Counselor Education Program faculty hold doctoral degrees and have professional experience in their particular subject areas. Several hold professional licensure (LPC) and certifications, and they are actively involved in the counseling profession. Faculty members frequently present at state, regional, and national conferences, quite often in collaboration with counseling students, reporting on descriptive or experimental research which has been conducted during the program courses.
Admissions Procedures and Requirements
Admission to the program is competitive and based on several criteria. For entry to the Ed.S. Program in Counselor Education, applicants must exhibit those personal qualities or characteristics which, in the judgment of the faculty, are necessary for effective functioning in the role of an advanced counselor. Applicants may obtain an application packet and more detailed admissions criteria from the Dean's office in the College of Education or refer to the Counselor Education Program website for forms and information for prospective students.
Fall semester admission – June 2
Spring semester admission – November 2
Summer semester admission – March 2
The completed application should be submitted via the application web-portal. Any supporting documentations can be sent to the College of Education Dean's office. The application process includes several requirements, the last of which is a formal interview with program faculty. These requirements include:
Program Eligibility and Systematic Assessment of StudentsStudents are expected to maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 across all courses attempted in the Ed.S. program. Any course in which a student earns a grade of D or F will need to be retaken. Also, the student may be placed on a remediation plan or may be dismissed from the program due to earning a grade of D or F. Student progress throughout the program is regularly monitored and assessed by program faculty. Students showing deficiencies in either academic or non-academic areas may be placed on probation and/or remediation status and may be either reinstated or dismissed based on subsequent academic or non-academic performance.
Consult the College of Education Graduate Programs portion of the university catalog for information on retention and exit from programs, time limits for completion of degree, graduate appeals and financial aid.
Ed.S. Degree Requirements
- 30 Semester hours of academic work
|For more information on the Ed.S. in Counseling Education program, contact:
Dr. Margaux Brown