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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.
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.
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.
A student will be admitted to graduate study when the following admission requirements are satisfied:
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.
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.
Send documents to:
Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions, MS 3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
All Counseling students, whether masters or specialst, must have the Counseling core.
Courses may be offered in face-to-face, online, or blended formats.
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.
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.
Designed for individuals with another counseling degree seeking school certification. (Only 500 or higher level courses will be accepted for degree.)
*Both internships required for K-12 certification.
Designed for individuals with school counseling degree seeking state and national licensure and certification.