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Counselor Education, Ed.S. (School Counseling)

What will I study?

The Ed.S. School Counseling track consists of 66 credit hours and prepares you to work in K-12 educational settings as a counselor of diverse students and their families. The coursework is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to collaborate with parents, teachers, school administrators, and other mental health professionals to promote holistic well-being and academic success among all students. The curriculum meets CACREP accreditation standards and South Carolina school counselor certification requirements.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

Our graduates typically work in K-12 public and private schools. School counselors focus on students’ academic, career/postsecondary, and social/emotional development through individual, small group, and large group counseling interventions. The coursework also prepares students to work as school leaders who support a positive learning environment and are able to analyze the effectiveness of their interventions.


Admissions Process

The Ed.S. in Counselor Education accepts applications for admission once a year for the summer term with an application deadline of January 8. Program faculty members review complete applications and applicants who pass the initial screening are invited to a group interview. Group interviews take place by mid-March.


Typical Coursework

You will complete coursework in the following areas:

Area A: Core Courses (33 credits)
EDCE 510 Introduction to Counseling
EDCE 600 Communication Skills in Counseling
EDCE 700 Cross-Cultural Counseling
EDCE 702 Counselor as Consultant
EDCE 706 Assessment in Counseling
EDCE 707 Career Development
EDCE 710 Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling
EDCE 720 Theories of Counseling
EDCE 722 Group Procedures in Counseling

Psychopathology & Diagnosis
NPSY 757 Psychopathology for Counselors
NPSY 758 Classification & Assessment

Area B:  Specialization Courses (6 credits)
EDCE 708 Critical Issues in School Counseling
EDCE 712 Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling

Area C:  Clinical Preparation Courses (6 credits)
EDCE 721 Techniques of Counseling
EDCE 801 Advanced Techniques in School Counseling

Area D:  Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
EDPY 705 Human Growth & Development

Area E: Research (3 credits)
EDRM 700 Introduction to Research

Area F: Clinical Courses (9 credits)
EDCE 802E or 802S - Elementary or Secondary School Counseling Practicum
EDCE 805E or 805S - Elementary or Secondary School Counseling Internship

Area G:  Electives (6 credits)

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