95 percent of our graduates work in the field

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 30 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: February 1

School Counseling, Ed.S.

Our school counseling Ed.S. program is for those seeking to work as a school counselor.

Maybe you aspire to be a director of school counseling services in a private or public school setting. If so, then this specialist in education degree is also what you need.

This program gives you a comprehensive look at theories of child development, advanced techniques of counseling and psychotherapy, parent involvement and family counseling, teacher consultation, research analysis and internship experiences.

We designed this on-campus learning experience for those who are eligible for S-5 certification upon entry into the program and wish to pursue school counseling careers.

School Counseling, Ed.S.

95 percent of our graduates work in the field

Our school counseling Ed.S. program is for those seeking to work as a school counselor.

Maybe you aspire to be a director of school counseling services in a private or public school setting. If so, then this specialist in education degree is also what you need.

This program gives you a comprehensive look at theories of child development, advanced techniques of counseling and psychotherapy, parent involvement and family counseling, teacher consultation, research analysis and internship experiences.

We designed this on-campus learning experience for those who are eligible for S-5 certification upon entry into the program and wish to pursue school counseling careers.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 30 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: February 1

Program Highlights

Classroom Experience

Completion of the Ed.S. degree constitutes eligibility for an S-6 certificate from the Professional Standards Commission.

Evaluation of a student’s performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student’s academic performance as well as the student’s performance in laboratory and practical classes. A student may be dropped from a course and or the program if the welfare of the student’s clientele or the functioning of a school or agency is, in the judgment of the Counseling and Psychological Services faculty, in jeopardy as a result of a student’s behavior.

Field Experience

Students must complete a residency requirement to graduate from the Ed.S. program. Forms for the residency requirement can be found in the bookcase in room 950 (Counseling and Psychological Services’ main office) or by downloading the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) Residency form.

Laronica Partee graduated in May 2017 from Georgia State’s school counseling program and she’s already done great things as a school counselor in Henry County. Check out her achievements below.

Q: What have you been up to since graduation?

I graduated in May of 2017 and I’m currently a high school counselor in Henry County Public Schools System. Many new students have felt uncomfortable and/or experienced anxiety due to being enrolled at a new school so one of the projects I’m working on now is developing a program in which new students have an opportunity to interact with a current student during their transition to our school. I want to help relieve some of that anxiety and make their transition as comfortable as possible.

Careers

Our graduates work as school counselors and directors of school counseling services in private and public school settings.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the School Counseling, Ed.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommender on the application)
  • Must hold master’s degree in School Counseling and have completed practicum/internship for master’s in school setting
  • Official Transcript: minimum 3.25 graduate GPA required for admission
    • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • T5 School Counseling and GRE scores
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at time of application submission

Our model for school counselor preparation is based on the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model for School Counseling Programs® and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards for school counseling programs.

Program of Study

Professional Studies (6)
Choose One Course (3):

  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education I (3)

Required (3):
Select one of the following Social Foundation of Education Courses (3)

Teaching Field/Major (15)
Required (15):

  • CPS 8450 Advanced Group Counseling (3)
  • CPS 8480 Supervision of School Counseling Services (3)
  • CPS 8490 Current Trends and Ethical Issues in School Counseling (3)
  • CPS 8661 Applied Practice II: School Counseling (6)

Electives (9)
Choose 9 hours from the following courses:

  • CPS 8100 Psychobehavioral Diagnosis (3)
  • CPS 8260 Program Evaluation, Advocacy, and Leadership in School Counseling (3)
  • CPS 8300 Traumatology (3)
  • CPS 8431 Counseling Skills and Strategies for School-Aged Children (3)
  • CPS 8600 Advanced Play Therapy (3)
  • CPS 8650 Advanced Counseling Theory (3)
  • EPEL 7000 Educational Leadership and Organizational Culture (3)
  • EPEL 7330 Law, Policy, and Governance (3)
  • EPY 8120 Motivational Factors in Learning and Behavior (3)
  • EPY 8180 Learning and the School-Age Child (3)
  • EPY 8200 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Cognition and Intellect (3)
  • EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3)
  • EPY 8250 Psychology of Inner-City Children (3)
  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education I (3) (if not completed for the Professional Studies requirement)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education I (3) (if not completed for the Professional Studies requirement)
  • Other courses as approved by the program coordinator

Program total: minimum of 30 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

degree type

Ed.S.

Required Campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Robert E. Rice, Ph.D.
rrice3@gsu.edu
404-413-8189

Counseling and Psychological Services
cpsadmissions@gsu.edu
404-413-8200

Mailing Address & Office Location
Counseling and Psychological Services
College of Education & Human Development, Room 950
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.