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.

Program Description

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



Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

The Value of Online Learning:

Save money.

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.

Earn more.

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.

Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 Tuition, Fees, and Charges (pdf)

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.)


100% online


Clinical Supervision in Counseling - CEPD-8141

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.

Current Issues in Counseling and Supervision - CEPD-8171

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.

Research: Quantitative Analysis - CEPD-8184

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.

Research: Mixed Methods Analysis - CEPD-8194

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

Application Deadlines

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.


Dr. Julia Chibbaro, Ph.D., LPC
Coordinator, Counselor Education

Graduate Studies Records Coordinator

Phone: 678-839-6105 | Fax: 678-839-5451| cbauldin@westga.edu



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

Learning Objectives

  • 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