Education Specialist in Counseling

Overview

The focus of the Ed.S. in Counseling program is to provide schools and agencies with ethical and skilled counselors who have advanced skills (i.e. trained to supervise counselors) in order to serve the diverse needs of clients in the southeast Missouri region. Each student must work closely with his or her advisor in regards to the student's program of study. This program is project-based and focuses on developing advanced skills (i.e. supervision) to work in a variety of mental health settings and schools. Candidates of the program are trained to be multi-culturally competent, practice ethically, and advocate for their clients and the profession. The program is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills while assuming the role of supervisor in counselor supervision.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the application of teaching and pedagogy in counselor education.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the creation and dissemination of lectures for counselor education courses and interventions for counseling supervisees.

Competencies

Graduates of the Ed.S. in Counseling program are prepared to serve as professional counselors in a variety of school and community agency settings. There will be 3-6 credits of internship experience dependent on 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.

Expectations

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; see course requirements). 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.

Requirements

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.
  2. Has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (except when superseded by specific program requirements which require a higher GPA).
  3. Has met other specific requirements for applicable program (see Program Admission Policies)
See the Graduate Bulletin for more information.

Program Admission Policies

The deadline for submission of all application materials to the Office of Admissions is August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring and May 1 for Summer. In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following.

  1. A graduate GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. 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.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission and include the non-refundable $30 graduate application fee (domestic students). This is a one-time application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Submit official GRE test scores (if applicable).
  • Submit proof of citizenship, permanent residency, or lawful presence in the U.S. (e.g. driver's license, passport, birth certificate)
  • Submit letter of intent and letters of recommendation.

Send documents to:
Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions, MS 3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Step 3: Advising and Enrollment

Master of Arts and Educatoin Specialist Requirements

All Counseling students, whether masters or specialst, must have the Counseling core.

Master of Arts-Counseling Core (42 hours)

  • CP 610-Counseling Orientation and Ethics
  • CP 611-Developmental Theories
  • CP 612-Counseling Theories
  • CP 613-Social and Cultural Aspects of Counseling
  • CP 614-Counseling Skills
  • CP 615-Career Development
  • CP 616-Group Counseling
  • CP 617-Assessment in Counseling
  • CP 631-Crisis Intervention and Consultation
  • CP 643-Psychodiagnostics and Treatment
  • CP 680-Counseling Practicum
  • CP 68X Internship
  • CP 68X Internship
  • GR 691-Methods of Research

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 Educ. Students with Special Needs
  • SE 635-Theories of Learning and Instructional Strategies

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

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

The following information is provided for advising purposes only based upon current certification standards. Please note that certification requirements change. Students should work closely with their advisors. 

Advising for Psychological Testing.

Designed for individuals seeking Psychological Examiner’s certificate. Note: Individuals must hold a valid teaching and/or school counseling certificate before a Psychological Examiner’s certificate will be issued.

  • PY 571-Introduction to Behavioral Statistics
  • CP 611-Developmental Theories
  • CP 617-Assessment in Counseling
  • CP 643-Psychodiagnostics and Treatment
  • CP 733-Advanced Educational Processes
  • CP 735-Intelligence Testing
  • CP 739-Testing Practicum
  • EX 635-Psychology and Educ. Students with Special Needs OR EX 390-Psychology and Educ. of the Exceptional Child (not counted for graduate credit)
  • EX 601-Educational Assessment Techniques OR ED 615-Tests and Measurements
  • SE 635-Theories of Learning and Instructional Strategies

Advising for School Counseling

Designed for individuals with another counseling degree seeking school certification. (Only 500 or higher level courses will be accepted for degree.)

  • EX 635-Psychology and Educ. Students with Special Needs
  • SE 635-Theories of Learning and Instructional Strategies
  • *CP 630-Foundations of School Counseling
  • *CP 682 OR CP 683-Internship-Elementary

*Both internships required for K-12 certification.

Advising for Mental Health Counseling

Designed for individuals with school counseling degree seeking state and national licensure and certification.

  • CP 640-Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • CP 643-Psychodiagnotics and Treatment
  • CP 645-Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CP 687-Internship-Mental Health

Contact

573.651.2132
psychandcounseling@semo.edu
Scully 404
Department of Psychology and Counseling
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701


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