Counselor Education, Specialist in Education (112)


Program Coordinator

Jill Duba Sauerheber,, (270) 745-4799

The Specialist Degree in Education (Ed.S.) with a Counselor Education major is designed to incorporate the core elements of the master's degree in school counseling while expanding the academics emphasis within the student's profession. This degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the master's degree. Specialist programs are tailored to meet the academic goals of the individual student. The Ed.S. culminates with the completion of a specialist project, which reflects satisfactory research in an area of particular interest to the student.


  • Teacher Education (TCHR)

Program Admission

An applicant desiring to pursue this program must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, and then must also be admitted to the department. The Ed.S. (Counselor Education Major) requires a 3.5 GPA in the master's program or a 1350 GRE score (if test was taken on or before October 1, 2002) or 850 GRE score and a 4.0 Analytical Writing score (if taken after October 1, 2002). A departmental application, personal statement, and references are required along with a personal interview.  A departmental admission committee will review the information and make final recommendations regarding the applicant's eligibility.

Before pursuing a specialist degree, the student must have earned a master's degree in counseling or a related subject area. Eighteen hours of prerequisite courses (or equivalents) must be included in previous graduate course work. If the course work was not a part of the student's master's degree, the following 18 hours must be completed before a student begins the specialist program. It should also be noted that these courses cannot be used toward the specialist program.

Prerequisite Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods3
CNS 550Introduction to Counseling3
CNS 552Testing and Assessment in Counseling3
CNS 554Group Counseling3
CNS 558Theories of Counseling3
CNS 590Practicum 13

 To enroll in practicum the student must have completed the appropriate practice preparation sequence and obtain departmental approval.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30 hours)

The student's committee directs the selection of course work, the required specialist project, and a final oral examination.

Required Courses
EDFN 501Educational Statistics3
or PSYS 512 Analysis of Variance
CNS 699Specialist Project6
Select a minimum of 21 hours counseling courses approved by the student's committee21
Total Hours30