Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does my Ed. S. have to be in counseling?

 Yes. The doctoral coursework is based on the assumption that students will have completed advanced preparation in counseling and supervision and hold the status of “advanced” practitioner.

2. Do I have to be fully licensed?

The requirements state that one must be licensed or certified to practice. An associate license is considered a license. However, there is an additional requirement that one must have 3 years of counseling experience as well as the license or certificate.

3. Why do I have to be employed?

This program is designed for working professionals who do not wish to suspend their career progress for 3-5 years. Many of the assignments, including those leading to the completion of a dissertation, are completed within the student’s work setting.

4. Will I be able to teach in higher education with this degree?

Graduates of this program are not endorsed for full time faculty positions. The coursework and instructional experiences are not designed to prepare one for the faculty role.

5. When are courses offered?

All courses are offered on-line through a Learning Management System that is supported 24-7.

6. Why are there limitations on how many are admitted each year?

Doctoral education, particularly the development of dissertations, is labor -intensive work. We only admit the maximum number of students we have resources to support.

7. What if I haven’t had all of the required Ed.S. degree program courses?

Students develop a plan of study that will include required Ed.S. level courses the student may not have completed. Ed Specialist programs vary widely in content, so it is not unusual for students to need a course or two beyond those on the doctoral program plan of study.

8. How much of the course work is delivered online?

All courses are delivered online. The only time you are required to be on campus is for the 2 1/2 day orientation prior to beginning the program.

9. How technologically savvy do I need to be?

Basic computer literacy, willingness to learn, and access to a computer and high- speed internet access is essential. If the computer does not have a built-in camera, one needs a camera and an integrated headset and microphone to participate in classes.

10. How long does it take to complete the degree?

The program has been designed for 2 years of full time study. Full time study is two courses per term, continuous enrollment.

11.  How much does the program cost?

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar for updates on graduate tuition and fees.