Ed. S. in Counseling Education

Program Description:

The Specialist in Counseling Education degree program provides an additional period of study beyond the master's degree for persons seeking certification as Psychological Examiner or for those individuals that wish to develop further competence in mental health counseling (seeking LPC or CCMHC) or school counseling (seeking state certificate in school counseling or NCSC).

The curriculum is individually designed for each candidate to meet his/her specific needs and professional objectives within certification and/or licensure limitations. The program is designed with flexibility to support the preparation of School Counselors, School Psychological Examiners, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors.

Admission Requirements:

For regular admission leading to a Specialist Degree in Counseling Education, applicants must successfully complete a three-step process:

All candidates must hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Education with a cumulative graduate GPA of no less than 3.5* and be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies. This is done by:

  1. Completing the Application for Admissions and returning it to the Office of Admissions (this can be done on line at http://www.semo.edu/gradschool/fs/application.htm)
  2. Submitting the appropriate application fees to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submitting graduate transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Submit (within past 5 years) or complete the GRE or MAT and forwarding scores to the Office of Admissions.
  5. Submitting three (4) letters of recommendation (one is required to begin the process, an additional three are required before full admission to the program can be completed.)
  • With the approval of the admissions committee, students with a GPA lower than 3.5 may be admitted on a probationary basis. When the G.P.A. is less than 3.5, the admissions committee may permit the student to take nine (9) hours in the program area. The student will be required to achieve a G.P.A. exceeding 3.66 with a minimum grade of 'B.'

When all required documents are received, the Office of Admissions will forward the candidate’s file to the counseling program admissions committee.


Specialist in Counseling Education Curriculum: (courses required, elective list)

Master of Arts – Counseling Core (42 credit hours)

CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3)
CP 611 Developmental Theories (3)
CP 612 Counseling Theories (3)
CP 613 Social & Cultural Aspects of Counseling (3)
CP 614 Counseling Skills (3)
CP 615 Career Development (3)
CP 616 Group Counseling (3)
CP 617 Assessment in Counseling (3)
CP 631 Crisis Intervention and Consultation (3)
GR 691 Methods of Research (3)
CP 643 Psychodiagnostics and Treatment (3)
CP 680 Counseling Practicum (3)
CP 68X Internship (6)

Education Specialist – Core (12-15 credit hours)

PY 571 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3)
CP 733 Advanced Educational Processes (3)
CP 771 Counselor Supervision (3)
CP 788 Advanced Internship (3-6)
GR 799 Specialist Oral Examination (0)

Electives (to Complete 72 Credit Hours)

CP 630 Foundations of School Counseling (3)
CP 640 Mental Health Counseling (3)
CP 645 Marriage & Family Counseling (3)
CP 735 Intelligence Testing (3)
CP 739 Testing Practicum (3)
EA 625 Foundations of Educational Leadership
EA 651 Education and the Law
ED 615 Tests and Measurements (3)
EX 601 Educational Assessment Techniques (3)
EX 635 Psychology & Educ. Students with Special Needs (3)
SE 635 Theories of Learning and Instructional Strategies (3)

All students must have a minimum, including the Masters, of 72 credit hours to graduate from the Educational Specialist program.

Contact Person:

Dr. Travis Smith, Assistant Professor of Counseling
Ed.S. Counseling Education Program Coordinator
(573) 651-2430
Handbook pdf


Scully Building 301
College of Education
One University Plaza, MS 5500
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701