The Specialist in Education (EdS)–School Counseling track in the CACREP accredited Counselor Education program is designed for practicing educators who wish to gain expertise in a subfield within education or a closely related field. The program prepares students to work as professional school counselors in Pre-K through postsecondary school settings. Students enrolled in the School Counseling track of the EdS in Education should remain in close contact with their advisor to keep informed of any programmatic changes implemented to comply with new state requirements.
As part of the program’s pragmatic approach to preparing counselors, in addition to classroom studies, all students complete clinical experiences in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and field-based experiences in the community. The UCF Community Counseling and Research Center serves as a hub for training and research in the program, with graduate students providing annual services to over 1,400 individuals, couples, and families in the central Florida community.
The School Counseling track in the Education EdS program prepares students for certification as a professional school counselor. The program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization, 9 credit hours of DOE-required certification courses (if these have not been completed prior to entry), 9 credit hours of professional clinical experiences, and 6 credit hours of electives in either the nonthesis or thesis option.
Total Credit Hours Required: 48 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree
Required Courses: 33 Credit Hours
Specialization: 27 Credit Hours
Elective Courses/Nonthesis Option: 6 Credit Hours
Students must select two electives in their specialization as approved by their adviser.
- Two approved electives 6 Credit Hours
Professional Clinical Experiences: 9 Credit Hours
The clinical experiences are comprised of two sections, Practicum and Internship. Both are experiential in nature and are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program to work with actual clients and students. The practicum is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and the internship is conducted at various schools around central Florida.
* Prerequisites for MHS 6803 - Practicum in Counselor Education are as follows: MHS 5005 , MHS 6400 , MHS 6401 , MHS 6500 , and SPS 6815 . MHS 6420 and SDS 6411 are also pre or co-requisites for MHS 6803 . A minimum of 27 credit hours are required prior to beginning the practicum.
** The prerequisites for SDS 6947 - Internship in Professional School Counseling include a “B” or better in MHS 6803 , and SDS 6620 .
Additional Program Requirements
- Achieve at least a GPA of 3.0 in counseling specialization courses.
- EdS students are strongly encouraged to take MHS 5005 during their first semester if not already taken in a Counselor Education master’s program.
- Achieve a “B” or better in MHS 5005 , MHS 6401 , MHS 6803 and SDS 6947 .
- Complete a total of 700 hours of clinical experiences, 100 of which will be in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and 600 of which are field-based experiences in a school setting.
- Complete a portfolio and receive approval by Counselor Education faculty.
- Complete a professional exit exam.
DOE Certification - 9 Credit Hours
(EdS students need to have a Master’s in Education (MEd) degree in order to waive the following education courses):
Practica and internships are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience provides students with the practical experience of facilitating a comprehensive, professional school counseling program in a school setting (e.g., leading classroom guidance lessons, facilitating group counseling, providing individual counseling services).
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
The School Counseling Track, EdS degree will no longer be accepting applications for summer enrollment. All interviews for candidates will be held with Counselor Education interviews in general, which occur every fall and spring. This change will allow for more consistency in all of the Counselor Education degree programs.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A master’s degree in a related field of study.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Goal statement
The Specialist in Education-School Counseling track can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met.
The College of Community Innovation and Education reserves the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to the Specialist in Education-School Counseling track, if in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable personal fitness to work in the counseling field with children, youth, and/or adults.
A formal interview is required and will be scheduled after the program admission requirements are met. The interview dates for March and October will be posted on our Counselor Education website. Attendance at the program orientation session at 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday before classes begin, the semester to which the student applied, is mandatory.
Admission to an Education Specialist program is separate from admission to the Doctoral program. Upon completion of the EdS degree, the student may apply for admission to a Doctoral program.
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.