Specialist Program Details
The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is designed for graduate students with a master's degree in counseling who desire further specialization as professional counselors and a higher level of competence in their work settings. The degree consists of 27 semester hours after completion of the master's degree.
The mission of the Ed.S. in Professional Counseling program is to provide professional counselors with advanced skills and knowledge to be exemplary practitioners and supervisors.
Method of Delivery
Courses are 100% online
The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACCSCOC).
This program accredited by NCATE.
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Tuition & Fees
The Value of Online Learning:
Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.
The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.
The bottom line - value.
Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)
Financial Information and Assistance
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)
There are a variety of financial assistance options for graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. Visit the links below for more information.
Office of Financial Aid
College of Education Scholarships Information
Financial Information for Veterans and Families
TK20 - Electronic Portfolio Assessment System
Students in the College of Education are required to purchase a subscription to an electronic portfolio assessment system called TK20. For more information about TK20, visit the COE About TK20 Page. (Note: do not buy a subscription to TK20 until you are enrolled in your program and instructed to do so.)
Description: Examines essential knowledge and current research on issues that impact military personnel and their families and how the helping professions can assist in addressing these issues. Analyzes the unique concerns that affect military families through pre-, during and post-deployment, as well as significant issues for children and adults in school and agency settings. Also addresses issues relating to student veterans pursuing post-secondary education.
Description: This course is designed for students in the Ed.S. program to develop advanced competencies for counseling intervention with diverse populations. Students will learn specific theories and techniques for counseling multicultural populations. Special attention will be given to working with minority, non-dominant, and oppressed populations. Students will examine their own attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, and biases to developing culturally aware approaches to counseling and/or administration.
Description: This course will provide students with advanced knowledge, skills and awareness of supervision in professional counseling settings. The focus is on the development of effective clinical supervision style and skills, and integrates ethical, legal, multicultural and other professional issues related to professional counseling settings.
Description: This course prepares students for competent professional practice as clinical mental health counselors and school counselors functioning in the role of consultant. Consultation theory and process will be discussed. Examples of consultation with families, schools, colleges and community agencies will be provided, as well as models for facilitating change in human systems.
Description: This course is designed for graduate students who have been admitted into the education specialist program in professional counseling. The course addresses steps involved in effectiveness-based program planning, including elements of a program that are critical for measuring effectiveness.
Description: This seminar is designed for graduate students who have been admitted to the Ed.S. program in professional counseling and supervision. Special topics and current issues in counseling and supervision will be critically examined. An exchange of scholarly thinking and research will be the hallmark of classroom interactions and assignments.
Description: This course presents basic methods of empirical inquiry used in counseling-related settings. Students will learn how to interpret published quantitative research studies, identify appropriate measurement instruments, and statistically analyze inferential data to answer research questions. Students will also complete appropriate trainings demonstrating their understanding of ethical considerations for human-subject research.
Description: This course is designed for graduate students who have been admitted into the Ed.S. program in Professional Counseling. The purpose of this course is to equip students with knowledge and skills in the area of professional writing. In this course, students will review the basic grammatical principles and conventions necessary to communicate effectively in written form. Moreover, students will learn technical writing techniques and the structure of a professional manuscript. Students will apply this knowledge through course-embedded assignments that promote skill development, helping students learn to successfully write across a range of topics, from short reports to research manuscripts.
Description: This course presents an applied approach to learning mixed methods research. Students will learn how to design mixed methods studies, collect and analyze data, integrate findings, and draw inferences using both qualitative and quantitative approaches in a single study. Pre-requisite course: CEPD 8184
This describes the general information about faculty for this program.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
Program-specific Admittance Guidelines
Master's degree in counseling or very closely related field
Minimum 3.0 graduate GPA
Minimum GRE composite score of 291 (minimum of 150 verbal and 141/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing)
Written personal narrative
Interview with faculty
See Dates Tab
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php
One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.
Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php
- Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced theories of individual and group counseling in practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply research methods to counseling interventions and/or program evaluation and use the information to improve programming
- Demonstrate the ability to provide quality clinical supervision
- Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in counseling and supervision
- Demonstrate advanced skills in specialty area of interest
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions relevant to practice in a multicultural society