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A specialist degree can advance your career by giving you a new or advanced skill set.

The Education Specialist degree in counseling helps you focus on developing skills such as supervision to work in a variety of mental health settings as well as schools. Students are trained to be multi-culturally competent, practice ethically, and advocate for their clients and the profession. You’ll gain knowledge and skills in counselor supervision, teaching and pedagogy in counselor education, and counselor education lectures and interventions. 

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

What You'll Study

Graduates of the Ed.S. in Counseling program are prepared to serve as professional counselors in school and community agency settings. There will be 3-6 credits of internship experience dependent on the program of study. High-quality, experienced, full-time faculty provide support, supervision, and mentorship throughout the program. In addition, the program helps accelerate post-graduate licensure.

Education Specialist Core (12 hours)

  • CP 733 Advanced Educational Processes
  • CP 771 Counselor Supervision 
  • CP 788 Advanced Internship (6 hours) 
  • GR 799 Specialist Oral Examination 

Electives (to complete 72 hours) 

  • CP 630 Foundations of School Counseling 
  • CP 640 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 
  • CP 645 Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • CP 735 Intelligence Testing 
  • CP 739 Testing Practicum 
  • EA 625 Foundations of Educational Leadership 
  • EA 651 Education and the Law 
  • ED 615 Tests and Measurements 
  • EX 601 Educational Assessment Techniques 
  • EX 635 Psychology and Education Students with Special Needs 
  • SE 635 Theories of Learning and Instructional Strategies 

All students must have a minimum of 72 credit hours to graduate from the Educational Specialist program.

Other electives may be available with the approval of the advisor. Students must work closely with their respective advisor to determine a program of study that meets appropriate certification and/or licensure requirements.


The Education Specialist in Counseling graduate program requires a master's degree prior to admission. If the degree is in a discipline outside of counseling or education, then the student must complete the core requirements for the Ed.S. program (42 credit hours of the counseling master's degree). Students with a master's degree in counseling or education can waive the 42-hour requirement and complete the 12-15 hour core requirements of the program.


A student will be admitted to graduate study when the following admission requirements are satisfied:  

  1. Holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  1. Has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (except when superseded by specific program requirements which require a higher GPA).  
  1. Has met other specific requirements for the applicable program.

Program Admission Policies

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following.

  1. A graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  1. A master's degree in counseling or education from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. If not, the student will be required to complete additional graduate work (admission under provisional status) before regular admission is granted.

International applicants must have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 OR TOEFL score of 95. This requirement is for non-United States citizens who are not native English speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification.

Graduate Coordinators

Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college that houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Department of Psychology and Counseling Accreditations and Verifications

  • CACREP (Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
Office Location
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Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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