School Counselor Education (Ed.S.)

Education Specialist Program

Graduates from the School Counselor Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, technical competencies, and dispositions to function proficiently as school counselors in the 21st century, refining the knowledge and skills they already possess as practicing school counselors.

Convenient Scheduling

Program is 30 semester hours and offered totally online.

Program Requirements

The Ed.S. 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 and 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 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. Proficient school counselors work in primary, elementary, middle, and high school settings and create an atmosphere where all candidates can learn.

The program meets all the educational requirements for the Professional School Counselor Certificate, Level 6. The program considers candidates’ backgrounds and adds knowledge, skills, values, and professional practices, which will allow them to be leaders in Georgia schools and to build upon their interests and experiences.

The 2019-2020 Annual Report on the School Counselor Education Department can be accessed at the following link.


  • New students are admitted each year during the summer and begin with the fall semester, which begins around the first of August.
  • Completed applications to the office of Graduate Studies are due by June 15th.  Application materials and criteria are here: Graduate Application. Please note that a School Counseling master’s degree is required for admission. Other counseling master’s degrees can utilize the FVSU master’s certification track to become eligible for S-5 certification.
  • Before entering the program, students must have a renewable S-5 School Counseling Certificate in the state of Georgia.

The program is administered through the College of Education and Professional Studies.

EdS Program Course Requirements

The Specialist School Counselor Education Program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours.

The content courses are:

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • 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 6143-Clinical Supervision

Elective Courses (15 hours)

  • EDSC 6262 -Advanced Seminar in Leadership
  • EDSC 6264 –Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
  • EDSC 6363-Advanced Seminar in Counseling Theories
  • EDSC 6463-Counseling Children
    (Strongly recommended for elementary and middle grades counselors)
  • EDSC  6563-Advanced Career Counseling
  • EDUC 6663 -Advanced Multicultural Studies
  • EDSC 6763-Leading Groups in Schools
  • EDUC 6893-Research Project