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EdS in Professional School Counseling (Gwinnett Campus)

From the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services


Through this program, school counselors are better able to help all P-12 students with academic success, career preparedness, and personal/social development. The program uses a cohort model, where students progress through the course sequence together, learning from and supporting each other. The program focuses on “new vision” school counseling, which focuses on social justices and extending the traditional roles associated with councilors. These expanded roles include educational leadership, advocacy, team-building, and the use of assessment data. The program is grounded in the principles of the Transforming School Counseling Initiative and the American School Counselor Association’s National Model. Completion of the program results in recommendation for Advanced Certification in School Counseling.

The program is designed for individuals who have a master’s degree and initial certification in school counseling. Applicants from closely related fields (e.g., community counseling, rehabilitation counseling, social work) may be admitted as non-degree students to complete requirements for initial certifications prior to being admitted to the program.

UGA Gwinnett EdS Info Sessions

  • Thursday, September 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Room 124
  • Thursday, September 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Room 124
  • Thursday, October 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Room 124

Pamela Paisley and Karen Griffith will be presenting. Paisley will be available for individual questions following the meeting.

Academics / Curriculum

Coursework includes advanced specialty courses in school counseling, cross-cultural counseling, research, consultation, supervision, psychodiagnosis, and legal/ethical issues. Students are also required to complete an advanced internship in school counseling. As most applicants are already employed as school counselors, this internship may be completed at their work site, providing an opportunity for candidates to engage in reflective practice, design research-based interventions, and receive supervision from faculty and licensed professionals to improve practice.

All faculty members within the program are actively involved in leadership at the state, regional, and national levels, many helping to shape the school specialty within the profession of counseling. The majority of faculty members in this program are full-time faculty who have worked as school counselors and who have held national leadership positions within the profession OR are doctoral level, part-time faculty who are also working as school counselors or recently retired. The practical experience and the involvement with professional associations enhances the quality of instruction and supervision.

The Student Experience

Students in each cohort are encouraged to be in involved in state and national professional associations. They also may attend the Georgia School Counselor's Association fall conference.

Students are required to complete an advanced internship in school counseling. Students also complete a school profile where the internship takes place, identifying needs and designing an intervention to address it.

Career Outlook

Trending Placement of Graduates

Year Grad School Full-Time Part-Time Unemployed Other
20131 NA NA NA NA NA

Where Alumni Are

The state of Georgia
75% Georgia
The state of Virginia
3% Virginia
The state of North Carolina
2% North Carolina

Recent Job Titles1

  • School Counselors

Career Fields2

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