Mississippi College

The mission of the Education Specialist in Counseling Program is 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 applications 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.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. 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.
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendations 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The applicant or student must have the state minimum scores on the appropriate sections of the PRAXIS series: PPST (Reading 172, Writing 173, Mathematics 172, and PLT 152) or CBT (Reading 316, Writing 318, Mathematics 314) or NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills 651, General Knowledge 646, Professional Knowledge 649).
  6. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status.
  7. Upon successful completion of 12 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.

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, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. 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.

Degree Requirements

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, admission to candidacy, 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.


Requirement Class Name Hours
Post-Master's Coursework   18
Core Courses   12
COU 7504 Internship in Counseling III 3
COU 7505 Counselor Supervision 3
COU 7506 Planning & Organizing Counseling & Human Services Programs 3
EDU 7507 Statistical Interpretation in Education & Psychology 3
Specialized Coursework   6
Total Hours   66

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