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EdS in Professional School Counseling (Gwinnett Campus)

Earn your advanced certification while expanding your professional knowledge and skills. Learn emerging school counseling theories and models, evidence-based school counseling practices, anti-racist school counseling strategies to create inclusive learning environments and promote educational equity in schools.


  1. Take classes in a low residence instruction model, including online classes and weekend workshops at the Gwinnett campus.
  2. Receive a recommendation for advanced certification upon graduation
  3. Learn from well-respected instructors, comprised of both full-time professors and researchers, and practicing school counseling leaders.
  4. Complete a 15-month program, from June to August 5. Implement and evaluate a year-long intervention program in your school with the assistance of instructors and cohort members.
  5. Publish or present your final program evaluation


Refresh and expand your professional knowledge and skills to help your P-12 students with their academic success, career preparedness, and social emotional development while learning cutting edge school counseling models, theories, and practices.

The coursework features advanced specialty classes in:

  • Evidence-based school counseling
  • Advanced school counseling theories and models
  • Program evaluation
  • Advanced cross-cultural counseling
  • Counseling supervision

Students also complete a year-long advanced internship at their workplace, with approval from your district. As part of the supervised internship, students will construct a detail school profile identifying student needs, research and develop an evidence-based intervention plan, evaluate outcomes of the intervention, and write a program summary suitable for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

As part of a cohort, you and your fellow students will complete 30 semester hours of coursework, including 18 hours of prescribed coursework, 6 hours of internship, and 6 hours of electives.


How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the Ed.S. in Professional School Counseling (Gwinnett Campus)

Applicants must have a master’s degree and hold initial certification in school counseling.

Standardized test scores (GRE or Miller Analogies Test) are not required for admission.

Deadline to Apply

Admissions decisions will begin December 1. Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full, or until classes start in June.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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