The Specialist in Education degree with a concentration in school counseling is for individuals who already have a license in school counseling and wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge, individuals who possess a master’s degree in a counseling-related area and wish to obtain licensure in school counseling, or individuals who have a master’s degree in a non-related counseling field and wish to obtain courses leading to licensure as a professional school counselor.
The common curriculum for all students seeking a Specialist in Education degree includes the following areas:
• COUN 670
• Advanced Theory Course Options – COUN 665 , or COUN 680 , or COUN 604 *
• Research Course Options – EDPY 555 , or EDPY 582 , or EDPY 583
• Elective Courses by advisement (minimum of 15 hours)**
• The non-thesis program requires a comprehensive examination in which the candidate will demonstrate research skills through examination questions
• The requirements include 24 semester hours beyond a 48 semester hour master’s degree in school counseling
• A minimum of 6 of the 24 semester hours is required from outside the counselor education program
*COUN 604 is counseling related and the topic changes each semester depending on the specific professional goals of the counseling students. Crisis counseling, child and adolescent counseling, and play therapy are examples of course content previously offered.
**The elective courses will be determined by the EdS student and his/her advisor and committee members. Depending on the specific professional goals of the student, the student will be advised to take counseling-related courses that enhance his/her curriculum. Courses commonly taken as electives include, but are not limited to CFS 540 , CFS 552 , CFS 567 , CFS 515 , SOWK 564 , and SOCI 551 .
Category I – Students with licensure in school counseling who have completed the 48 hour master’s program in school counseling at the University of Tennessee will not be required to take any courses beyond those included in the EdS program in school counseling.
Category II – Students with a master’s program in school counseling requiring less than the 48 hours included in the University of Tennessee program will have to take courses in school-counseling areas not reflected in their masters program in school counseling.
Category III – Individuals with a master’s degree in a counseling-related area (e.g., mental health counseling) will be required to take the courses in the University of Tennessee’s 48-hour School-Counseling Program that were not included in their counseling-related master’s program.
Category IV – Individuals with a master’s degree in a non-counseling area will likely have taken few courses similar to those required in the school-counseling master’s program at the University of Tennessee and, as a result, will need to take the entire University of Tennessee master’s degree program in school counseling.