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Ed.S. in Counseling

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in counseling is designed to further develop and broaden students' knowledge and skills in counseling and to cultivate their capacity for leadership as professionals. The Ed.S. is suitable for master's degree level counselors who wish to earn an additional graduate degree in counseling, or for individuals with master's degrees in related fields who wish to satisfy the academic portion of the state requirements for licensure as a professional counselor. It is considered a terminal counseling practitioner's degree.

Admission

Applicants must have a master's degree. Applicants must submit an ODU Graduate School application, official transcripts from all universities previously attended, letters of recommendation, an essay, and GRE scores taken within the last 5 years. (The GRE score requirements is waived for applicants who hold a graduate degree from ODU or who hold a master's degree from a CACREP accredited counseling graduate program.)  Click on Admissions on the upper right for detailed admissions application instructions.

Please note that a criminal record may significantly impede your success in practicum and internship site placements, matriculation toward graduation, and future job opportunities as a professional counselor or counselor educator.

Non-matriculated or Non-degree Status

Students may take a maximum of 12 credits beyond their master's degree as a non-matriculated or non-degree student before being admitted into the program.

Continuance

Students must meet all University requirements. If faculty members have serious concerns about a student's satisfactory progress in the program, they may initiate a process that could lead to the student being asked to withdraw. Students have the right to appeal decisions made by faculty.

Exit

Students must successfully complete the required course of study (minimum of 30 credits) with a grade point average of 3.00 or better, and pass a written comprehensive examination.

Program Requirements

The Education Specialist degree in counseling requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the master's degree.

Required Courses

Graduate courses listed below must have been completed prior to beginning the Ed.S. degree program or must be completed as a part of the Ed.S. degree program.  An Ed.S. degree program must include a minimum of 30 credits.

Up to 12 graduate courses may be transferred into the Ed.S. program and may count as the 30 minimum credits required.  Transfer courses must have been taken after the master's degree was awarded, and must have been taken no more than 6 years prior to earning the Ed.S. degree.  If transfer credits are out of date, each out of date course must be updated through an exam administered by the Graduate Program Director.

x = Required Course

Number

Title

Seeking LPC licensure

Seeking licensure as school counselor

Seeking LPC licensure & licensure as school counselor

Completing degree to gain additional skills as a school counselor or as a counselor in another setting.

COUN 601

Principles of Professional Counseling and Ethics

x

x

x

x

COUN 631

Counseling for Lifespan Development

x

x

x

x

COUN 633

Counseling and Psychotherapy Techniques

x

x

x

x

COUN 634

Advanced Counseling and Psychotherapy Techniques

x

x

x

x

COUN 644

Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

x

x

x

x

COUN 645

Testing and Client Assessment

x

x

x

x

COUN 647

Addictive Disorders

x

x

COUN 648

Foundations of Career Development

x

x

x

x

COUN 650

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

x

x

x

x

COUN 655

Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling

x

x

x

x

COUN 676

Professional Issues in School Counseling K-12

x

x

COUN 677

School Culture, Learning, and Classroom Management

x

x

COUN 678

Counseling Children and Adolescents in School Settings

x

x

COUN 679

School Counseling Program Development K-12

x

x

COUN 670

Introduction to Counseling Supervision

x

COUN 680

Mental Health Counseling

x

x

COUN 685

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Mental Health Counseling

x

x

COUN 686

College Counseling

COUN 691

Family Systems and Family Development

x

x

COUN 707

Adult and College Student Development

COUN 742

Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice

COUN 744

Advanced Group Counseling

COUN 795/895

Topics in Counseling

COUN 797

Independent Study

COUN 801

Current Issues in Counseling and Counselor Education

COUN 869

Advanced Supervised Practicum in Counseling (minimum of 100 hours in counseling supervised practice)

x

x

x

COUN 868

Internship in Counseling (6 credits)(minimum of 600 hours in counseling supervised practice)

x

x

(at least 300 must be in an elementary school and 300 in a middle or high school)

x

(at least 300 must be in an elementary school and 300 in a middle or high school)

FOUN 611

Introduction to Research

x

x

x

x

FOUN 722

Introduction to Applied Statistics and Analysis

FOUN 814

Qualitative Research Design

HIED 710

Introduction to Student Affairs

Electives

(other fields)

600, 700, or 800 level courses

Minimum of 30 credits required that are to be taken as a part of the Ed.S. degree program or transferred into the Ed.S. degree program.