Dr. Thomas Jarvis, Department Chair
Phone: (478) 825-6636
Dr. Thomas Jarvis, Department Chair
About the Program
Candidates in the School Counselor Education Education Specialist (EdS) program will have the opportunity to enhance and refine the knowledge and skills they already possess as practicing school counselors. The EdS program meets all of the educational requirements for the Professional School Counselor Certificate, Level 6. The EdS program emphasizes the development of clinical skills that may be used in the school setting or applied in other various community settings, such as mental health agencies or marriage and family therapy clinics. While working on clinical skills, candidates will be encouraged to pursue the associate professional counselor license. Coursework in the EdS program focuses on the application of knowledge in the candidates’ professional settings; candidates will target areas for improvement and/or research in their current work settings, institute projects and plans, and summarize findings. For candidates who have not already completed an action research project for a previous graduate degree, an action research project is required. This includes a PowerPoint presentation, identifying research questions and conducting research, and publishing findings in a synthesized paper. Candidates will be encouraged to submit their written projects for publication in peer-reviewed journals and to present their findings at professional conferences.
The EdS program is 27 semester hours, with 5 required courses and 4 elective courses. Candidates will generally take 2 courses per semester, one offered online and one in distance learning format. If students haven’t completed an Action Research project, they will take Applied Research in 1 hour segments; if they have completed an Action Research project, they will take Advanced Career Counseling in hour segments. Students who haven’t completed a graduate degree previously at FVSU will take the 0 credit, mini-mester Graduate Studies Orientation online class.
Candidates will participate in a clinical supervision practicum working with counseling students or other counselors. EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision is a prerequisite for the practicum.
Candidates must maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, complete all coursework, pass a Departmental Comprehensive Examination, and earn satisfactory ratings on all key program assessments. Program assessments are aligned with the CoE performance objectives, the Board of Regents’ Principles, the Georgia 2000 standards, the NBTPS Propositions, and CAEP/GA PSC standards.
The FVSU EdS program in School Counselor Education has graduated 36 students since its reinstatement in 2011. More than 90% of the students who enter the program are graduating, which means they are also being successful on the department’s comprehensive examination.
Results of graduate surveys indicate that candidates believe they increased their knowledge and enhanced their skills and abilities, such as in reviewing research, supervising interns, and working with Pk-12 students, while in the EdS program.
Candidates will participate in a clinical practicum at their work sites. EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision is a prerequisite for the practicum.
Candidates must maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, complete all coursework, pass a Departmental Comprehensive Examination, earn satisfactory ratings on all key program assessments. Program assessments are aligned with the CoE performance objectives, the Board of Regents’ Principles, the Georgia 2000 standards, the NBTPS Propositions, and NCATE/GA PSC standards.
The School Counselor Education Ed.S. Program requires a minimum of 27 semester hours.
The required courses are:
- EDUC 6423 Seminar in Social Issues and Comparative Education
- EDUC 6133 Using the SPSS Statistical Package
- EDSC 6123 Diagnosis and Treatment
- EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision
- EDSC 6853 Practicum in Supervision
- EDSC 6263 Advanced Seminar in Students Issues
- EDSC 6363 Advanced Seminar in Counseling Theories
- EDSC 6423 Counseling Children (Target- Elem., Middle)
- EDSC 6563 Advanced Career Counseling
- EDUC 6663 Advanced Multicultural Studies
- EDSC 6763 Leading Groups in Schools
- EDUC 6893 Research Project
- EDUC 6993 Thesis