• Is the Ed.D. accredited?
    Is the Ed.D. accredited?

    The Ed.D. is accredited through SACS COC. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.

    The Ed.D. is not accredited through CACREP as we do not aim to train counselor educators. Our mission is to train those currently in the counseling profession to be professional counselors that are able to evaluate programs, supervise and manage current counselors.

  • Do I need an Ed.S. to apply?
    Do I need an Ed.S. to apply?

    No. An Ed.S. is not required, but will require an extra year of coursework in order to complete the requirements. You can find more information about the plan of study on the courses page.

  • Does my Ed.S have to be in counseling?
    If I have an Ed.S. does it 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.

  • Do I have to be fully licensed?
    Do I have to be fully licensed?

    No. The requirements state that one must be licensed, certified to practice, or licensable. 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. If you are licensable, it is up to the student to demonstrate how they are licensable in accordance with their state's licensing requirements.

  • What is considered a related field for the Masters Degree?
    What is considered a related field for the Masters Degree?

    We will consider a related field in pyschology, clinical social work, mental health counseling, community counseling, marriage and family counseling or therapy, school pyschology, school counselor, or school social worker. This is not an exhaustive list, but should provide students with an idea of what is considered "related." The degree and professional experience must meet the licensing requirements stated above.

  • Can I meet the three years of professional experience at the start of the program?
    Can I meet the three years of professional experience at the start of the program?

    No. The three years of experience must be met at the time of the application.

  • Do I need to take the GRE's?
    Do I need to take the GRE's?

    Yes. We require the GRE's to apply to this program. Additionally, the GRE scores cannot be older than five years. We do not accept any other standardized tests in place of the GRE.

  • Why do I have to be employed?
    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.

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

  • When are courses offered?
    When are courses offered?

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

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

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

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

  • How technologically savvy do I need to be?
    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.

  • How long does it take to complete the degree?
    How long does it take to complete the degree?

    For those entering with an EdS in counseling, the program has been designed for 2 years of full time study. Full time study is two courses per term, continuous enrollment. Students entering the program without an EdS, it will take approximately 3 years of full time study.

  • How much does the program cost?
    How much does the program cost?

    For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, visit the Bursar's office website here for updates on graduate tuition and fees.