Ed.S. School Counseling
The Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling is designed to provide professional development for certified school counselors seeking an advanced degree and eligibility for an upgrade of the candidate's Georgia S-5 level certification to the Georgia S-6 level certification. Candidates will emerge with a greater understanding of the role and responsibility of the professional school counselor as an engaged leader who advocates for the needs of all P-12 students.
As professional school counseling continues to transform, the implementation of new standards designed to increase school counselor efficacy and promote the academic, career, and personal and social development of students within the educational system has been encouraged by national organizations, legislators, and school administrators. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the Education Trust, and state departments of education, including the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, demand rigorous and continuous training beyond the initial Master’s degree and certification process for professional school counselors.
Mercer’s Educational Specialist candidates are purposefully taught the constructs and actions inherent in these principles. Ethical conduct, commitment to the school and community, and research and data driven intervention are at the heart of becoming a Transformational School Counselor.
Mercer University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); the Ed.S. in School Counseling is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Successful completion of the degree requirements will lead to eligibility for an upgrade of the candidate's Georgia S-5 level certification to the Georgia S-6 level certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Graduates will demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and professional practice beyond the master’s level of competence including theories and constructs that drive the profession of school counseling, experience in supervision and consultation, skills in research and evaluation, and a comprehensive understanding of the mission and activities of professional organizations related to school counseling.
In addition to successful completion of the core curriculum required for obtainment of the degree, the graduate of the Educational Specialist in School Counseling Program will be able to demonstrate:
- Enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes of school counselors in order to support the academic achievement, career, and personal/social development of PK – 12 students in a multicultural society.
- Knowledge of and experience in research, supervision and consultation in educational settings.
- Enhanced understanding of and implementation of the standards of the ASCA National Model for School Counseling.
- Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.
- Development and implementation of a collaborative model for engaging in effective partnerships.
Location(s) where program is delivered include:
Evening classes are held once per week, designed especially for working adult students. Classes are also offered online.