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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294


The Educational Specialist in Counseling can be highly individualized to meet the needs of students having interests in a variety of school or community settings. The degree is an advanced-level practitioner's degree, and the focus is on practical knowledge and skill.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement, two letters of recommendation and interview.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Educational Specialist programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Services practice selective admission.  Requirements include, among other things, evidence of high scholastic achievement, a high level of verbal ability and positive letters of recommendation

All Ed.S. programs, with the exception of school psychology, require that applicants must have completed or be about to complete their master’s degree from an accredited institution.  
In addition to observing regular application requirements of the university, applicants must do the following:

  • Apply online to the  Ed.S. program and submit all application material to Graduate Studies
  • Submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation for admission to the Ed.S. degree program. One recommendation should be from an employer or other individual who can address the applicant’s ability in a professional work setting.
  • Participate in interviews with selected program area faculty or the program area admission committee as requested.  
  • Complete any special procedures mandated by specific program areas.
  • Submit any supplemental information that may assist admissions committees in assessing academic or experiential background.  Supplemental information may include such items as professional vita, publications, additional recommendations or a copy of a master’s thesis.
Graduation Requirements

Minimum 30 credit hours are needed beyond a counseling Master's degree.