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.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    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.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Courses are 100% online

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 27
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    100% online

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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
    • Official GRE scores: Composite score of 291 (minimum of 150 Verbal and 141 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical Writing). Scores must be no more than 5 years old.
    • Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to the chosen option, career goals, and communication/interpersonal skills. 
    • Resume
    • Interview with faculty (after admissions file is complete)

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    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.

    Contact

    Dr. Christy Land, Ph.D.
    Area of Counselor Education
    cland@westga.edu
    678-839-6084

    Graduate Admissions
    Phone: 678-839-1394
    Fax: 678-839-1395
    graduate@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • 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