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Doctoral iconSchool Counseling Ed.S.

The Ed. S. degree in school counseling is designed for those who are eligible for S-5 certification upon entry into the program and want to work as a school counselor or director of school counseling services in private and public school settings.

This program gives students a comprehensive look at theories of child development, advanced techniques of counseling and psychotherapy, parent involvement and family counseling, teacher consultation, research analysis and internship experiences.

Completion Information

Completion of the Ed. S. degree constitutes eligibility for a S-6 certificate from the Professional Standards Commission.

Evaluation of a student's performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student's academic performance as well as the student's performance in laboratory and practical classes. A student may be dropped from a course and or the program if the welfare of the student's clientele or the functioning of a school or agency is, in the judgment of the CPS faculty, in jeopardy as a result of a student's behavior.

  • Courses taken before admittance into the Ed.S. program will not be credited toward the degree.
  • Courses completed at the master’s level cannot be used as duplicate credit for the Ed.S. degree.

Students must complete a residency requirement to graduate from the Ed. S. program. Forms for the residency requirement can be found in the bookcase in room 950 (CPS main office) or here.

Students also take advanced courses in educational statistics, advanced group counseling, and supervision of school counseling services. Students investigate the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national model in depth, and explore ethical and current trends in school counseling.

Program Contact Faculty
CPS Admissions
  • Robert E. Rice, Ph.D., program coordinator
  • Andrea Dixon, Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
May 1 November 1 February 1

Application Requirements

  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores and T5 School Counseling. More information at
  • Three letters of recommendation, goals statement, resume, completed practicum/internship for master's in a school setting.
  • Undergrad GPA of 3.25

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  • Take note of the deadlines.
  • “GACE Program Admission” means that the applicant must have passed all three basic skills areas of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
  • “Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment” means that the applicant must take this assessment (applicants to Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). You will receive a certificate once you complete the assessment.
  • GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • All documents and materials submitted in consideration for admission to a program become the property of Georgia State University and cannot be returned at any time.

Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines

An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.

GACE Program Admission & Georgia Educator Ethics (Program Entry) Assessments

Students seeking admission to a program for initial certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption — Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees) and the Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment (applicants for the Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). Applicants who are already certified or meet certification requirements in the State of Georgia do not have to meet this requirement. For more information about these assessments, visit GACE & Georgia Educator Ethics.

The GACE Program Admission Assessment can be exempted based on certain scores from the GRE, the SAT or the ACT (Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees). The current options for satisfying the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including exemptions (attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of master’s degrees), are outlined here  (scroll to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Requirement”) Go to GACE’s “about” page for more information about the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including test dates and registration.