• Graduate Studies
  • Education Specialist
    Counseling Non-Certification   Available Online

    This degree does not qualify a student for any teaching certificate in the State of Alabama. Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification requirements of their respective state.

    Program Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and hold a valid master's degree with at least 18 hours in counseling coursework.

    I. Conditional Admission Required Courses: 9 hours

     Professional Courses

    • IL 671. Advanced Educational Law (3)
    • IL 673. Models of Exemplary Leadership in Education (3)
    • ED 601. Curriculum Design (3)

    II. Unconditional Admission Required Courses: 24 hours

    A. Professional Course: 3 hours

    • ED 604. Advanced Educational Research (3)

    B. Instructional Support Area: 21 hours

    • SC 641. Advanced Elementary School Counseling (3)
    • SC 642. Adolescent Counseling (3)
    • SC 643. Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
    • SC 644. Family Counseling (3)
    • SC 645. Supervision and Consultation in School Counseling (3)
    • SC 647. Research Seminar in School Counseling (3)
    • SC 648. Current Issues in School Counseling (3)

    Total Required: 33 hours

    Note(s):

    • This program is also offered online.

    Program Completion Requirements

    The following requirements must be met prior to completion of the sixth-year programs.

    The candidate shall:

    1. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than "C."
    2. Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the teacher education program.
    3. Demonstrate leadership ability in his or her area of specialization.