Counseling Ed.S.

The Educational Specialist degree 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. The Educational Specialist degree at Kent State University is not CACREP-accredited because CACREP does not accredit Educational Specialist degree programs. 

Applicants for admission to the Education Specialist degree in Counseling must have an earned master’s counseling degree from an accredited college or university. . If applicants completed their counseling degree more than 6 years ago, the CES program will review the applicant’s record and consider age of coursework, changes in content, changes in standards, etc.Additionally, applicants will be evaluated based on their current licensure as counseling practitioners and their compliance with continuing education requirements for licensure/licensure renewal in their counseling specialty.

State and Federal background checks are required for practicum/internship experiences and to apply for Counselor Trainee status. See the Practicum and Internship Coordinator for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in professional identity, social and cultural diversity; human growth and development, career development; helping relationships; group work, assessment; and research and program evaluation.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the foundations of clinical mental health counseling or school counseling.

  • Demonstrate curricular experiences in the contextual dimensions of community and school.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill requirements for clinical mental health counselors or school counselors.

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Deadlines for Domestic Students:





December 15

February 1


September 1

October 1



February 1