Specialist in Education Degree - Counseling

The EdS Degree in Counseling is an advanced graduate counseling degree designed to allow professionally trained mental health practitioners to re-specialize or further special­ize within the discipline of professional counseling.  The program requires prior completion of a master’s degree in counseling (or its equivalent) and requires the completion of 30 (Option I) to 32 (Option II and III) semester hours of coursework, including a 15 semester hour core and 15-17 semester hours of electives in a specialty in counseling.  (Option I requires completion of an EdS level thesis.)

Students may choose to specialize by completing elective courses in clinical mental health counseling, elementary or secondary school counseling, family counseling, or other specialty areas.

For All EdS in Counseling Students:

1. EdS students must have completed all of the requirements in the PSU Community Counseling or School Counseling program or their equivalents before being granted an EdS degree.  PSYCH 831 Techniques of Supervision of Counseling and Psychotherapy under the supervision of the 819 Techniques instructor is always the first required course in the supervision course sequence before other supervision courses may be taken.  PSYCH 831 is a prerequisite for PSYCH 931 Advanced Techniques of Supervision of Counseling and Psychotherapy.

2. All EdS students will be required to complete at least one graded three-credit hour seat course (e.g., 724, 736, 741, 756, 761, 781, 803, 805, 808, 809, 811, 823, 830, 844).

3. It is strongly recommended that all EdS students complete at least three credit hours of summer short courses (workshops) as part of their programs to provide them with additional specialty knowledge and skills.

4. Attendance in at least one state, regional, national, or international counseling convention will be required of all EdS students.

For Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS in Counseling Students:

All Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS students will be required to complete at least six hours of supervision courses, three credit hours of 831 or 931 under the 819 instructor working with 819 or 822-895 and three credit hours of 931 working under the Truancy Diversion Director supervising students in the Truancy Diversion program.  Both PSYCH 831 and PSYCH 931 may be repeated for credit.  Additional semesters of advanced supervision experience may be completed under a counseling faculty member.  A maximum of 12 credit hours of supervision may be counted toward a graduate degree.