Academic Programs - Professional School Counseling

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The Ed.S.program in Professional School Counseling at the UGA Gwinnett campus will not accept applications for admission for Summer, 2013. If you have already applied to the program for this year we will transfer your application materials to the next application cycle, Summer, 2014 or you may contact the graduate school for a refund to withdraw your application.

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Thank you for your interest in the Ed.S. program in Professional School Counseling.


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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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