The mission of the Education Specialist in Counseling Program is to help students acquire the advanced competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as professional counselors, counselor supervisors, and counseling program directors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making application for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), National Counseling Certification, approved clinical supervisor status, or licensure as a School Counselor (AAA). Candidates for AAA State of Mississippi licensure will be required to provide evidence of a AA Guidance and Counseling license issued by the Mississippi Department of Education. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Education Specialist in Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in advanced clinical and administrative skills applicable to schools, universities, agencies, and other settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites and to conduct supervision and program development projects.
Deadlines for Making Application for Admission
June 1 for Fall semester
October 1 for Spring semester
February 1 for Summer session.
Students may apply year round for review and admission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
Admission to the Program
The Department of Psychology Counseling's Admissions Committee may consist of up to three faculty members. After a candidate submits all the required application materials to the Graduate School, and the qualified applications are reviewed by the Graduate School, the application materials will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee. Applicants may meet in groups with a panel of faculty interviewers. The interview session will last approximately one hour, and interview questions will not be shared in advance, but will generally address the applicant's experience, goals, and communication skills. Individuals who are not able to attend the group interview will have a chance to complete individual interviews, based on the committee's discretion.
*Applications received after deadlines will be reviewed for the next academic semester.
Admission to the Program
- All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
- The applicant must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.25 on previous graduate work.
- The applicant must supply at least two recommendation letters/forms from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work. Recommendation letters must be current, not letters supplied as part of the Master’s degree application.
- The applicant should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographical Statement. Instructions for these documents can be found on the departmental website. Writing samples must be current, related to attainment of an Ed.S. degree, and not those supplied as part of the Master’s degree application.
- The applicant should submit a current resume or vita.
- The applicant or student may transfer up to 48 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
- The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to admission.
Provisional Admission to the Program
The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, letters of recommendation, goal statements, other supporting materials and recommendation from the departmental Admission Committee. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a planned program of at least 66 semester hours including up to 48 hours earned in an acceptable Master’s degree in counseling or a related discipline. The Specialist Degree in Counseling can offer the student an opportunity to receive an advanced degree in counseling, pursue advanced studies to meet career goals, or to qualify for a Mississippi AAA License in guidance and counseling. Successful completion of the Ed.S. degree in Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, completion of a planned program of studies selected from a list of courses in consultation with the Coordinator of the Ed.S. Program, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.
By the end of the second week in the first semester of enrollment, all students must purchase and activate an account in the electronic training management system used by the program.
POST-MASTER’S DEGREE COURSEWORK (18 SEM. HRS. MINIMUM)
COMMON CORE COURSES: (9 SEM. HRS.)
COU 7505 Counselor Supervision 3 sem. hrs.
COU 7506 Planning and Organizing Counseling & Human Services Programs 3 sem. hrs.
COU 7507 Introduction to Applied Research 3 sem. hrs.
SPECIALIZED COURSEWORK (9 SEM. HRS.)
Elective (selected from a list of courses in consultation with the Coordinator of the Ed.S. in Counseling Program)
TOTAL: 66 SEM. HRS.