Academic Programs - Professional School Counseling

EdS in Professional School Counseling

Thank you for your interest in the EdS Program in Professional School Counseling. Applications are now being accepted. Admissions decisions are made by the end of February each year for the cohort to begin the following summer.

This degree program is offered at the UGA Gwinnett campus. It focuses on the unique environment of counseling in the school setting, the advanced development of clinical skills, and social justice. It also includes instruction on the ASCA National Model for school counseling programs.


The M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling and PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services at UGA are both accredited through CACREP.  Although CACREP does not accredit any specialist degree program, UGA continues to follow the CACREP core for its EdS program.


The EdS program in Professional School Counseling at the UGA Gwinnett Campus is a program designed for working professionals. The entire program uses a cohort model; a model we believe facilitates the best learning environment. Courses are offered in the evenings during the academic year (August – May), utilizing several different methods of delivery: traditional face-to-face classes, online classes, weekend intensives, and various combinations of these delivery models.  Summer classes are offered 3 full days each week for 6 weeks in June and July.

The program is completed in 15 months, two summers and the intervening academic year.


The program results in recommendation for certification at an advanced level for those who already hold initial certification in School Counseling. Those who do not hold initial certification will need to secure that prior to admission to the EdS Program. Students interested in the Ed.S. who are from a closely related field (e.g., community counseling, rehabilitation counseling, social work) may apply as a non-degree student to fulfill prerequisites for the Ed.S. and to acquire initial certification. This path is only open to those from closely related fields intending to apply the Ed,S, Program.


The courses listed below, (the CACREP core) are considered pre-requisites for the EdS program. If you have a master’s degree in school counseling from a CACREP accredited program or a program that follows CACREP, you will have had these courses. For those who lack some or all of these courses, it is most helpful for you to speak with program faculty.

  • Professional Identity
  • Social and Cultural Identity
  • Human and Growth and Development
  • Career Development
  • Helping Relationships
  • Group Work
  • Assessment
  • Research and Program Evaluation

Program of Study:

The EdS in Professional School Counseling requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of core courses above the master’s degree. Satisfactory completion of coursework along with completion of departmental and university requirements results in recommendation for graduation. Our program of study includes the following coursework:

  • Human Development Services Interventions
  • Advanced Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Process of Counseling Psychology Supervision
  • Consultation in Human Systems
  • Psycho-diagnosis
  • Professional Ethics
  • Seminar in Counseling & Human Development Services
  • Applied Project in Counseling & Human Development Services (2 semesters)
  • Advanced Internship in School Counseling (2 semesters)
  • An Approved Elective

UGA Gwinnett Campus

Department History:

As one of nine departments within COE, The Department of Counseling and Human Development Services prepares counseling, student affairs and leisure service professionals for a changing and increasingly complex world. Incorporating a combination of academic, clinical and practical experience, along with the expertise of its faculty, supports the department’s perennial ranking by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 10 graduate programs in its field.

The Department of Counseling and Human Development Services offers one of the largest graduate programs at UGA. The department has a rich history of service for over fifty years as a primary state, regional, and national training site for students who have pursued careers in counseling and related educational fields in settings as diverse as schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, community agencies, prisons, and state and federal government agencies. Central to the program is a focus on prevention and remediation of human challenges and enhancement of well-being in relation to individual and collective behavior at schools and community practices, and through public policy.

There are approximately 150 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students; the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services is responsible for administering nine curricular programs. Each program has its own established criteria for admission, curriculum and program requirements.  The quality of education for all graduate students in the department is greatly enriched by the contributions made by the faculty, regardless of the faculty member’s specific program affiliation.

Department faculty are highly recognized for their research accomplishments and contributions to numerous scholarly publications. They hold leadership positions in national and international professional associations, serve as editors for leading disciplinary research journals and receive recognition for their teaching and research by multiple professional societies. Faculty members have also been appointed to state professional licensing boards for counseling and psychology.

Program History:

The Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at The University of Georgia launched a Professional School Counseling Educational Specialist’s Degree in Professional School Counseling to be offered at the Gwinnett University Center in 2003. The degree is designed for individuals who have a master’s degree in school counseling or a closely related field (e.g., community counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or social work) who wish to pursue advanced study in school counseling. Successful completion of this sequence results in recommendation for certification as a school counselor at the advanced level. The program is designed to be completed as a unified sequence of courses over two summers and the intervening academic year. All students are required to enroll as members of a 16-24 person cohort who will complete the program together.


The mission of the Ed.S. Program in Professional School Counseling is to provide students who have a master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field, an advanced graduate program within which they can enhance and extend the knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the new vision for school counselor role and school counseling program development. The program is designed to support the professional development of school counselors who are committed to principles of social justice and who accept responsibility for the educational experiences and outcomes for all students. The focus of the Ed.S. program is on the continuing development of school counseling practitioners. The program is built upon the foundation provided by the CACREP counseling core, the program components associated with Transforming School Counseling Initiative, the ASCA National Model, and the Board of Regents Standards for the Preparation of School Counselors.

Objectives – The Ed.S. Program in Professional School Counseling is designed to:

  • To reinforce the knowledge base associated with both the profession of counseling and the specialty of school counseling.
  • To extend and enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes of school counselors in order to support the academic achievement, career preparedness, and personal/social development of PK – 12 students.
  • To provide knowledge of and experience in supervision and consultation in school counseling.
  • To provide knowledge of and experience in research in educational settings.
  • To extend and enhance multicultural and social justice competencies of school counselors.
  • To enhance understanding of the ASCA National Model for School Counseling.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the mission and activities of professional organizations related to school counseling.
  • To expand understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.
  • To support the development of a collaborative model for engaging in effective partnerships.
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