The Education Specialist (EdS) Program in Counseling is designed for students who hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The program offers three specializations, including, Clinical Mental Health, Marital, Couple, Family Counseling and Therapy, and School Counseling. The EdS degree requires a minimum of 30 credits, including 6 hours of practicum and 6 hours of internship. Students studying towards the EdS degree will be allowed to apply comparable coursework from a master's level Counseling or related program, thereby reducing the required number of credits for completion of the degree. The Admissions requirement of submission of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is waived for an applicant to the EdS in Counseling.
Counseling professors are committed to providing a rigorous but distinctive program for students. Students have the opportunity to engage in role-playing settings to prepare for future counseling sessions. Professors supervise and observe counseling sessions through a one-way mirror to encourage both professional and personal development. Audio and videotape recordings are also used to help students with the progress of becoming experts in therapeutic practice.
Feedback is an essential part inside and outside of the classroom. The faculty dedicates time to creating an environment that will allow students to feel comfortable. The mission of the University seeks to provide a learning environment, which encourages students to explore and accept intellectual, personal, ethical, spiritual, and social responsibilities.
The Counseling Program pursues the following goals to adhere to the growth of counselor trainees:
- Increase knowledge of counseling theories and techniques.
- Enhance ability to apply theory and techniques to diverse human problems in varied counseling settings.
- Develop a professional counseling identity through pursuit of appropriate certification, licensure, organizational affiliation, and ethical conduct.
- Encourage acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary for dealing effectively with gender, social, and cultural issues.
- Stimulate commitment to service designed to meet the needs of self, others, and society.