Educational Specialist in Counseling (Online or Hybrid)

Increase Your Counseling Expertise and With an Ed.S. in Counseling

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Counseling is a 78-hour (60 hours for the Masters, plus 18 additional for the Specialist) curriculum designed to provide advanced professional preparation for practicing school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. It prepares students to meet the requirements for Mississippi Class AAA educator licensure and further updates and increases student knowledge and professionalism in the field of school counseling. The program also provides an opportunity for counselors in school settings to seek other advanced credentials, such as National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) status and licensure as a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

The Ed.S. in Counseling program is available for students who already hold a master’s degree in school counseling. The program offers both a hybrid and online option. Students within 100 miles of campus enter the hybrid format option and students beyond 100 miles of campus enter the fully-online option. Master level credits earned in the M.Ed. in Counseling program will count toward the Ed.S. in Counseling. The program typically entails one to two years of graduate study.


Online or Hybrid

Students beyond 100 miles of campus attend classes fully-online.


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Mississippi Educator Licensure Pathway

Why Get an Online or Hybrid Counseling Specialist’s Degree at DSU?

Delta State offers an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Counseling in a hybrid online synchronous format. The cohort structure creates a unique cohesive relationship among the students. Students have the support of faculty, staff, and peers in the program. Delta State University is a teaching university and through our counseling lab, we provide a hands-on experience. Smaller class sizes allows faculty to really know the needs of students. The core Ed.S. courses are structured based on the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National model to further develop a comprehensive school counseling program/curriculum.

  • Applications accepted year-round
  • Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment
  • Online student advisement
  • Online synchronous
  • Fulltime and part-time options
  • Hybrid and online format options

What Can I Do With an Specialist’s Degree in Counseling?

The Ed.S. program is focused on school counseling, driven by the ASCA National Model. Graduates can become a school counselor or operate a private counseling practice. Obtaining a AAA educator’s license will increase the salary of individuals who work in the K-12 school setting. Graduates are equipped to pursue a career that can be one of the most rewarding both financially and personally.

Mary Russell, Educational Specialist in Counseling major

The Ed.S. Program in Counseling at DSU was an enriching experience that provided me with invaluable knowledge and skills to excel in my career as a professional school counselor. I will forever be grateful for the rigorous instruction, supportive faculty, and peer collaboration that I was able to experience while at DSU.

Mary Catherine McGee, Class of 2023Professional School Counselor, D.M. Smith Elementary School


At Delta State University, we understand the importance of affordable education. While we currently do not offer scholarships specifically for our Ed.S. in Counseling program, we do offer an affordable tuition rate with no additional fees for out-of-state students. In addition, we work closely with students to identify and apply for federal and state financial aid programs, as well as student loans and state scholarships. We are committed to providing our students with all of the tools necessary to succeed in business within multiple industries, including access to affordable education and financial support.

Program Goals

The faculty and staff of the Delta State University Counselor Education Program, through teaching, training, supervision, and experiential activity, develop ethical, competent, and 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 and learning, interpersonal awareness, and practical application of sound principles and practices in their work as professional counselors.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Educational Specialist in Counseling program, prospective students must:

  1. Meet all general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Delta State University.
  2. Provide a transcript indicating a master’s degree in school counseling from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or an equivalent program from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies.
  3. Obtain an overall master’s minimum grade point average of 3.25 using a 4.0 scale.
  4. Provide a copy of a Mississippi Class AA Educator License in School Guidance and Counseling (or an equivalent from another state)
  5. Provide evidence of current employment as a professional school counselor in a public or private school with a minimum of two years of experience.
  6. Provide a curriculum vita demonstrating leadership and professional counseling identity and involvement.
  7. Provide an academic writing sample.


The following courses are required to complete the Educational Specialist in Counseling.

Educational Specialist in Counseling

Course Number Course Title Credits
CED 717 Advanced School Counseling 3
CED 735 School Counseling Program Evaluation 3
CED 758 Advanced Counseling Practicum 3
CED 790 Theories of Counseling Supervision 3
Select six counseling elective listed below, in consultation with the academic advisor:
CED 620: Human Growth and Development
CED 701: Advanced Counseling Theory
CED 703: Psychodiagnostics in Counseling
CED 705: Advanced Group
CED 707: Consultation and Counseling of Diverse Populations
CED 711: Crisis Intervention Techniques
CED 712: Counseling Children and Adolescents
CED 713: Sexuality Issues in Counseling
CED 714: Substance and Process Addiction Counseling
CED 715: Marriage and Family Counseling
CED 718: Counseling and Spirituality
CED 722: Introduction to Play Therapy
CED 770: Special Topics in Counseling

Licensure Requirements

The Educational Specialist in Counseling (Ed.S.) curriculum meets state educational requirements for provisional professional licensure in counseling. To determine the state requirements for professional counseling licensure as an LPC, please visit the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors ( webpage, then select the role where you want to know the professional licensure requirements.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Educational Specialist in Counseling is required to meet the following:

  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Completed program of study (minimum of 78 course hours)
  • Completion of Comprehensive School Counseling Research project.
  • Completion of Written Comprehensive Examination.

For more information on degree requirements and specifics on courses needed to complete the degree, consult the Graduate Academic Catalog.


Tuition at Delta State University covers the cost of classes.

Some Counselor Education courses have a lab fees. Online courses are assessed a $5.00 per credit hour distance learning course fee.

Review the graduate academic catalog for other course related fees.

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