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 and Supervision program is to provide professional counselors with advanced skills and knowledge to be exemplary practitioners and supervisors.
Method of Delivery
mostly online (about 80% of coursework can be done online)
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Tuition & Fees
Access to current technological tools is required along with a subscription to the TK20 portfolio and evaluation program.
Mostly online (about 80% of coursework can be done online)
Description: An in-depth study of the theories of counseling for advanced students in school or community counseling programs.
Description: This course is designed for students wishing to pursue advanced study in group theory, group leadership, group processes, and group supervision. The course may examine contemporary trends and developments in group counseling as well as ethical, legal, process, and professional issues affecting the practice of group counseling.
Description: Enrollment requires admission to Ed.S. program. An overview of theory, research, and practice of psycho-therapeutic approaches to counselor supervision. This course emphasizes developing clinical supervisory skills and understanding the major roles and responsibilities in counselor supervision.
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: Enrollment requires admission to Ed.S. program. The course presents an applied approach to learning the methodology of research. The research may be an evaluation of a counseling intervention or a brief program evaluation. This approach includes studying printed materials about research, writing a pro-posal for the research study and applying for consent to conduct the research from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the university and counseling site when appropriate.
Description: Enrollment requires admission to Ed.S. program. The internship is an organized and supervised set of training experiences (paid or unpaid), the purpose of which is to enhance one's ability to function professionally as a counselor. Flexibility to tailor the internship to one's professional goals and objectives is a major strength of the Ed.S. counseling internship. Students will work in an approved internship site under the super-vision of an appropriately credentialed supervisor for a minimum of 150 hours. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Enrollment requires admission to Ed.S. program. The course presents an applied approach to learning the methodology of research. The research may be an evaluation of a counseling intervention or a brief program evaluation. This approach includes utilizing a Literature Review, a written and approved proposal for the research study and an approved application for consent to conduct the research from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the university and counseling site when appropriate. The course will allow sufficient time for data collection and analysis. It will conclude with a completed research report and presentation of the data findings to appropriate stakeholders.
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 900 (minimum of 450 verbal and 450/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing)
Written personal narrative
Interview with faculty
Fall Admission application deadline is June 3
Spring Admission application deadline is October 7
Summer Admission application deadline is March 2
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.
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Ph.D., LPC
Coordinator, Area of Counselor Education & College Student Affairs
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