Education Specialist (EdS) in School Counseling Degree Overview
In our Educational Specialist in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential program, you’ll have the opportunity to interact directly with students one-on-one, offering them support to help them overcome the hurdles that can derail their education if not dealt with. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to work with high-risk and special needs children, helping them to stay focused and on track in the classroom and fulfill classroom requirements.
In the program you’ll prepare for the Certificate in School Based Mental Health, giving you the skills and confidence to provide educationally related mental health services and evaluations in the school setting. Additionally, you also will be prepared for the PPS credential that allows you to practice in California’s schools.
If you have a bachelor’s degree and want a meaningful career that can make a difference in lives of struggling children, an EdS in School Counseling will put you on the path to a rewarding, impactful, and fulfilling profession.
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Beyond a Master’s Degree
The program provides education that surpasses that of a master’s degree, prepares you for your National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification, and provides most coursework toward licensure such as the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome
As long as you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, in any subject, you will fulfill the admissions requirement and be in the position to turn that degree into an EdS degree.
Online, On Your Time
Not only can you earn your EdS in School Counseling with emphasis in School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) and PPS credential program online, you’ll learn how to work with actual students in the online K–12 schoolroom to gain the experience you need to succeed in the field.
An Education Specialist in School Counseling with PPS credential is more advanced than a master’s degree but generally requires less coursework than a PhD or EdD. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to make a difference in the lives of school children, this program prepares you to make a positive change for individual students in the classroom. The Education Specialist in Counseling degree with emphasis in School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) is a 70-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, over 13 terms.
Student Learning Outcomes
Coursework for the EdS in School Counseling program ensures you are academically prepared in the following professional competencies:
- Data-based decision-making and accountability with knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment useful in identifying strengths and needs, in understanding problems, and measuring progress and accomplishments.
- Consultation and collaboration with knowledge of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and/or other consultation models and methods.
- Effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills through knowledge of human learning processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of cognitive and academic skills.
- Socialization and development of life skills through knowledge of human developmental processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of behavioral, affective, adaptive, and social skills.
- Student diversity in development and learning with knowledge of individual differences, abilities, and disabilities and of the influence of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, experiential, socioeconomic, gender-related, and linguistic factors in development and learning.
- School and systems organization, policy development, and climate with knowledge of general education, special education, and other educational and related services.
- Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health with the knowledge of human development and psychopathology and biological, cultural, and social influences on human behavior.
- Home/school/community collaboration with knowledge of family systems, student development, learning, and behavior, and methods to involve families in education and service delivery.
- Research and program evaluation with knowledge of research, statistics, and evaluation methods.
- School counseling practice and development with the knowledge of the history and foundations of their profession; of service models and methods; of public policy development; and of ethical, professional, and legal standards.
- Information technology skills, with the knowledge of information sources and technology relevant to their work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the EdS in School Counseling degree program?
The career outlook for those who have obtained their Education Specialist in School Counseling is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth rate of 13% for school counselors between 2016 and 2026—a total of almost 40,000 positions nationally. Opportunities include increased mental health needs in K-12 settings, and society in general.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates with an EDS in School Counseling with an Emphasis in School Based Mental Health should expect to find a career as a school counselor at the elementary-, middle-, high-school level. Graduates may also choose to pursue specialized roles in K-12 settings as an Educationally Related Mental Health Services counselor or evaluator. They may also consider pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and work in the private sector.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant offers a number of institutional scholarships for many of our students; learn about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
When does EdS in School Counseling degree program start?
The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. Learn more with our eight-week term academic calendar.
How long does it take to complete the EdS in School Counseling degree program?
The Education Specialist in Counseling degree with emphasis in school-based mental health (SBMH) is a 70-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, over 13 terms.
What is the modality of this program?
The EdS in School Counseling program is offered online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, on your own time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.
Degree Campus Locations
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