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Educational Specialist: Counselor Education

Our graduate programs at Clemson University build on the rich experiences and expertise of faculty and students to provide an educational environment in which both groups share in research, exploration and inquiry. The result of this synergy is impact — on our community and beyond.

Specialty Concentrations

  • Overview

    Counselor Education Department Mission Statement:

    The faculty of the counselor education program is dedicated to educating counselor education professionals as scholar practitioners to function in culturally diverse settings. This program utilizes an experiential and theory-to-practice model emphasizing development, prevention and intervention. The program areas are designed to provide challenging, yet supportive environments that promote professional orientation, commitment to inquiry and self-awareness.

    The faculty is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and education of diverse professionals. In order to prepare counselor education professionals, the faculty, through a program of planned educational experiences, attempts to develop in each graduate:

    • respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals
    • commitment to the fulfillment of human potential
    • an understanding of educational and counseling processes
    • knowledge in the counseling program area
    • ethical competencies
    • commitment to inquiry
    • self-awareness and
    • advocacy dispositions.

    The program and program faculty reside in the Department of Education and Human Development. Please see the Counselor Education Handbook for general information.

    Educational Specialist Degree Program in Counselor Education
    Thank you for your interest in the 30-credit Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program in counselor education at Clemson University. The Ed.S. degree in counselor education is designed for individuals who already possess a master’s degree in counseling consisting of a minimum of 48 credit hours, and who seek to further their knowledge and skills in counseling. Students entering this program must choose either a school counseling emphasis or a mental health counseling emphasis. 

    Most students will complete the program on a part-time basis, taking one or two classes per semester, including summers. All students must complete the program in six years. Courses are taught in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. or later at either the University Center in Greenville or on Clemson’s campus. 

    Ed.S. School Counseling Emphasis
    Individuals choosing this emphasis typically are interested either in completing requirements for school counseling certification or in advancing their knowledge and skills in school counseling to be eligible for salaries at the master’s +30/Ed.S. pay rate. Students in this track must complete a minimum of 30 credits, choosing courses as follows:

    • Complete any of the courses currently required for school counselor certification (see Program Requirements tab) that they have not previously completed.
    • Take elective courses (see Program Requirements tab) approved by the advisor and based on the student’s professional goals.

    Ed.S. Mental Health Counseling Emphasis
    Individuals choosing this emphasis typically are interested either in completing requirements for counselor licensure (i.e., LPC) or in advancing their knowledge and skills in mental health counseling. Students in this track must complete a minimum of 30 credits, choosing courses as follows:
    • Complete any of the courses currently required for the master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (see Program Requirements tab) that they have not previously completed.
    • Take elective courses (see Program Requirements tab) approved by the advisor and based on the student’s professional goals.
  • Admission Requirements

    Applications to the Ed.S. in counselor education program are due January 15.
    By the application deadline, ALL application materials must be submitted. Any supporting materials must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below so that they can be officially processed and added to your file. Application files that are complete will be screened, and individuals who pass the initial screening will be invited to an interview. Final decisions will be made after interviews are finished, sometime in March.

    Required Documents:


    Mail all documents to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Clemson University
    E-209 Martin Hall
    Clemson, SC 29634

    Helpful Tips for Applicants
    The counselor education program faculty seeks to admit a diverse applicant pool, and we review applicant files comprehensively. The applicant pool varies from year to year, so it is not possible for us to convey specifics regarding average test scores or other factors. We do not guarantee admission into the Ed.S. program, and we have a limited number of openings each year.

    Our goal is to bring in advanced graduate students who have the potential to excel in graduate school and in their field. Strong applicants have competitive academic profiles (GPA and GRE scores) and possess good analytical thinking skills (e.g., analytical writing section of the GRE). Further, strong applicants will be able to articulate a clear vision for why they want to seek advanced training in counseling and how they envision using their new knowledge and skills. Finally, we believe that counselors must be leaders and advocates, possess effective counseling skills, value collaboration and be able to work effectively with diverse populations. As such, we also look for individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills, as well as an ability to work well with others and a desire to become culturally competent.

    We prefer to see recommendation letters from professionals who can comment on applicants’ strengths and skills as counselors as well as their leadership potential. Supervisors and colleagues make for good references, while friends and former clients do not.

  • Program Requirements

    The Ed.S. program in counselor education requires completion of 30 credit hours relevant to their specific emphasis (see below). Students are required to meet with their assigned adviser before enrolling in any course. Students may transfer in up to 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution, if approved by the student's advisor. Transfer courses must meet the requirements of a Clemson graduate course and have been taken within six years from the date the Ed.S. degree will be awarded.

    School Counseling Emphasis Requirements
    Individuals choosing this emphasis typically are interested in completing requirements for school counseling certification or in advancing their knowledge and skills in school counseling to be eligible for salaries at the master's +30/Ed.S. pay rate. Students in this emphasis must complete a minimum of 30 credits, choosing courses as follows:

    • Complete any of the courses currently required for school counselor certification that they have not previously completed.
    • Take elective courses approved by the advisor and based on the student's professional goals.
    • For individuals seeking initial school counselor certification: In addition to the coursework and field experience requirements listed in Table 1, during their final year in the program, students must successfully complete a written final examination and receive a passing score on the PRAXIS II Exam in Professional School Counseling.


    School Counseling Certification Requirements

    • EDC 8010 Foundations of School Counseling
    • EDC 8100 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
    • EDC 8110 Multicultural Counseling
    • EDC 8120 Career Counseling
    • EDC 8130 Assessment in Counseling
    • EDC 8140 Development of Counseling Skills
    • EDC 8150 Group Counseling
    • EDC 8180 Psychopathology for Counselors
    • EDC 8250 Counseling Across the Lifespan
    • EDC 8300 School Counseling Practicum
    • EDC 8410 School Counseling Internship (taken across two semesters, 12 credits total)
    • EDC 8500 Collaborative School Counseling
    • EDC 8510 Leadership in School Counseling
    • EDL 8390 Research in Educational Leadership
    • ED SP 8530 Legal and Policy Issues in Special Education
    • Approved Electives (6 credits total)

    Mental Health Counseling Emphasis
    Individuals choosing this emphasis typically are interested in completing requirements for counselor licensure (i.e., LPC) or advancing their knowledge and skills in mental health counseling. Students in this emphasis must complete 30 credits, choosing courses as follows:

    • Complete any of the courses currently required for the master's degree in clinical mental health counseling that they have not previously completed.
    • Take elective courses approved by the advisor and based on the student's professional goals.


    Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements

    • EDC 8050 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • EDC 8100 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
    • EDC 8110 Multicultural Counseling
    • EDC 8120 Career Counseling
    • EDC 8130 Assessment in Counseling
    • EDC 8140 Development of Counseling Skills
    • EDC 8150 Group Counseling
    • EDC 8160 Introduction to Couples and Family Counseling
    • EDC 8170 Crisis Counseling
    • EDC 8180 Psychopathology for Counselors
    • EDC 8210 Counseling Psychodiagnosis
    • EDC 8220 Addictions Counseling
    • EDC 8230 Advanced Counseling Techniques and Strategies
    • EDC 8250 Counseling Across the Lifespan
    • EDC 8360 Clinical Mental Health Practicum
    • EDC 8460 Clinical Mental Health Internship (taken across two semesters, 12 credits total)
    • EDL 8390 Research in Educational Leadership
  • Tuition/Fees

    Please see the Financial Aid website for up to date information regarding tuition and fees. Contact the Financial Aid office for information about options. Some assistantships are available each year through our department and other locations on campus. Most Ed.S. students would not be eligible for assistantships – as they are available to full-time students (enrolled in at least nine credit hours per semester) and typically require a 20-hour per week work commitment. The work assignments will vary depending on the assistantship. Students who obtain these positions will receive an extensive tuition reduction as well as a monthly stipend. Funding for these positions usually does not become finalized until the summer months, so it is difficult to know how many opportunities might be available until the summer. Applicants interested in assistantships should discuss this with the chair of the Department of Education and Human Development upon receiving an offer of admission.

  • Field Experience

    Not all Ed.S. students will be required to complete field experiences as part of their degree program, but a few options exist for students to develop additional or advanced skills in counseling. These options are detailed in the field experience courses listed below.

    Field Experience Requirements for Initial School Counselor Certification

    Ed.S. students seeking initial certification in school counseling will be required to complete a practicum and two semesters of internship in school counseling.

    EDC 830 School Counseling Practicum
    School Counseling Practicum is offered only during fall and spring semesters and involves students completing a minimum of 100 hours in a school with a certified school counselor. This time commitment equates to approximately one day a week, or two half-days a week, for an entire semester. Students must arrange their work schedules to allow for at least half-days at their sites and must be at their sites throughout the course of an entire semester. The purpose of practicum is to learn about the school setting and to begin developing skills in individual and group counseling as well as classroom guidance. Of the 100 hours, students must accumulate 40 by providing direct services to students (i.e., individual or group counseling, or classroom guidance). In addition to the time spent at their sites, students will participate in weekly group and triadic supervision with University faculty.

    EDC 841 School Counseling Internship 
    School Counseling Internship involves students completing 600 hours in a school with a certified school counselor across two separate semesters. The purpose of the internship is to further develop skills in individual and group counseling and classroom guidance, as well as to practice consultation skills by actively working with teachers and parents. Students are placed in K-12 schools and they can request specific building levels. During each semester, students are required to accumulate 300 hours at their sites, with a minimum of 120 direct hours per semester. This 300 hours equates to approximately two and a half days a week, or five half-days a week, for an entire semester. Students must arrange their work schedules to allow for at least half-days at their sites (i.e., it is not acceptable for hours to be accumulated in a piecemeal manner, with an hour or two here and there) and must be at their sites throughout the course of an entire semester. In addition to the time spent at their sites, students will participate in weekly group supervision with University faculty.

    Please note — It is not possible for individuals to be employed full-time in a school setting in a position other than school (guidance) counselor during their internship and successfully complete internship requirements.

    Field Experiences to Develop New or Advanced Skills in Counseling

    Individuals seeking advanced training in counseling may request to enroll in EDC 915 Internship in Counseling Setting.

    EDC 915 Internship in Counseling Setting
    Internship in Counseling Setting is designed as a post-master’s internship, to be completed after the 600-hour specialty area internship. Students may request to complete this internship at their current workplace or at a new one, as long as an approved counseling supervisor is available on site. Specific learning goals must be developed between the student and the course instructor, detailing what unique and/or advanced skills are to be developed during the internship. In addition to the time spent at their sites, students will participate in weekly group supervision with University faculty.

  • Find Out More

    For more information, please fill out this form or visit the Clemson University Graduate School website. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Julie Jones.