Educational Specialist in Counseling

The Educational Specialist program in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration functions to meet the diverse needs of professional school counselors seeking advanced professional preparation in the area of elementary, middle, and high school counseling.

The Ed.S. program typically entails two years of graduate study and has two goals:
(1) Prepare students to meet requirements to obtain an AAA Mississippi educator’s license
(2) Update and increase their knowledge, skills, and professionalism in the field of school counseling.

Students may also take required coursework needed to be licensed as a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor.

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The Graduate Bulletin has additional information on admission, degree requirements, programs of study, and more.

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Admission Requirements:

1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Delta State University must be met.
2. Transcript indicating receipt of a master’s degree in Counseling or Counselor Education (school counseling emphasis) with a 3.25 minimum grade point average from a CACREP accredited program or equivalent
3. MS class AA educator license in School Guidance and Counseling (or equivalent from another state)
4. Minimum of two years experience as a professional school counselor
5. Current employment as a professional school counselor in a public or private school
6. Minimal score on a nationally recognized standardized test of verbal/writing skills. Scores will be consistent with the minimal scores that are currently being used for admission in other Ed.S. programs in Delta State University’s College of Education.
a. Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) – 3.00
b. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – 370
c. Miller’s Analogy Test – 30
d. Praxis: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) Writing Test -174
e. Praxis: Competency-Based Test (CBT) Writing Test – 320
7. Three letters of recommendation: (1) current or former supervisor in the field of education who can address the candidate’s professional school counseling qualifications, (2) college instructor who can address the candidate’s ability for successful graduate performance in this program, and (3) other professional reference who can address the candidate’s professional counseling skills and identity.
8. Curriculum Vita demonstrating leadership and professional counseling identity/involvement
9. Academic writing samples

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Academic advising is mandatory for Counselor Education majors. All Counselor Education majors are assigned an advisor. The advisor list is posted below as well as in the Counselor Education suite on the third floor of Ewing Hall. Students must see their assigned advisor prior to registering for courses. Advisors will have sign-up sheets posted outside of their offices a week before pre-registration. Students must sign-up for an appointment no later than 3:00 P.M. the day prior to the scheduled meeting. Students are responsible for updating their curriculum sheet and bringing a tentative list of courses to their advising appointment.
All EdS Students George Beals EW 345 846-4362
Important Links:

Mistie Barnes, Ed.D., LPC-S, RPT-S Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 341, 662-846-4360,

George Beals, PhD, LPC Coordinator of Counselor Education Program Ewing 343, 662-846-4355,

Stephanie Bell PhD NCC ACS, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 344, 662-846-4363,

Mary Bess Pannel PhD LPC, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 340, 662-846-4392,

Bryon Pickens, EdD Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 342, 662-846-4389,

Catherine Bishop Vincent, MA, LPC, NCC Counseling Laboratory Director Ewing 338, 662-846-4364,

The faculty & staff of the Delta State University Counselor Education Program, through teaching, training, supervision, & experiential activity, develop ethical, competent, & culturally sensitive counselors who are prepared to work in school or community settings. Program faculty seek to strengthen the profession by modeling for students the professional expectation of continued growth & learning, interpersonal awareness, & practical application of sound principles & practices in their work as professional counselors.

Educational Specialist in Counseling