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Western Kentucky University

Counseling and Student Affairs

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) Program

(School Counseling)


General Information

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with a Counseling major is designed to incorporate the core elements of the master's degree in Counseling while expanding the academic emphasis within the student's profession. This degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the master's degree. Specialist programs are tailored to meet the academic goals of the individual student. The Ed.S. culminates with the completion of a specialist project, which reflects satisfactory research in an area of student interests.

Admission Requirements

An applicant desiring to pursue this program must first meet the admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and then must also be admitted to the department. The Ed.S. (Counseling Major) requires a 3.5 GPA in the master's program or a 1350 GRE score (if test was taken on or before October 1, 2002) or 850 GRE score and a 4.0 Analytical Writing score (if taken after October 1, 2002). A departmental admissions committee will review the information and make final recommendations regarding the applicant's eligibility.

Before pursuing a specialist degree, the student must possess a master's degree in counseling or a related subject area. Eighteen hours of core prerequisite courses (or equivalents) must be included in previous graduate course work. If the course work was not a part of the student's master's degree, the following 18 hours must be completed before a student begins the specialist program. It should also be noted that these courses cannot be used toward the specialist program.

  • EDFN 500 Research Methods
  • CNS 550 Introduction to Counseling
  • CNS 552 Testing and Assessment in Counseling
  • CNS 554 Group Counseling
  • CNS 558 Counseling Theories
  • CNS 590 or 591 Practicum in Counseling*

Program Requirements

The student's committee directs the selection of course work, the required specialist project, and a final oral examination.

A. Research Core (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • EDFN 501 Educational Statistics
  • PSY 512 Seminar in Experimental Design

B. Major Emphasis (minimum of 21 hours)

  • Counseling courses approved by the student's committee

C. Thesis Research and Writing (6 hours)

  • CNS 699 Specialist Project

*To enroll in Practicum (CNS 590 or CNS 591) the student must have completed the following prerequisites: CNS 550, CNS 554, CNS 558, CNS 559 and one other course.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14