Counselor Education Ed.S.

The course requirements for doctoral graduate degrees in the Department of Counselor Education will vary greatly with the background of the student.  Those with accredited, advanced degrees in counseling or a very closely related field such as psychology with a clinical emphasis or clinical social work will have less of our core coursework to complete than those with advanced degrees in very different fields such as biology or special education. 

Ed.S. applicants must have a minimum GRE score of 153 for Verbal and 146 for Math (500 verbal 500 math - converted score prior to 9/2011). On rare occasions, in the event of a lower GRE score, a combination of other factors may allow for provisional acceptance.

The College of Education and Human Sciences has an advising handbook that specifically describes general Ed.S. and Ed.D. program requirements.  Candidacy forms are also available in this handbook.  See the T.A. or the secretary in the Dean's office for a copy of this handbook.

General Requirements: 

A minimum of 64 semester credits.  Depending on your specific career goals and past record, your advisor may require more credits in a partic­ular program of study. 

A minimum of 28 semester credits must be in the area of emphasis.  At least half of these must by University of Montana credits. 

A minimum of 8 semester credits must be in areas outside the College of Education and Human Sciences.  Such coursework must be approved by your advisor (as must the entire program of study).

A minimum of one third (1/3) of all credits included in the program of study must be Univer­sity of Montana credits.

A minimum of 18 semester credits must be taken subsequent to Ed.S. program acceptance. 

You are advised to consult with your advisor about additional requirements for your area. 

Additional Requirements: 

Research Coursework:  A statistics course at the graduate or advanced under­graduate level, a graduate introduction to educational research and an additional research course that best fits your intended profession­al effort are required.

Internship:  Degree programs will include an internship component of no fewer than four nor more than 10 semester credits.  (Note that Counselor Education requires more than four internship credits)

A professional paper or project:  A professional effort of at least two and not more than six semester credits is required.  An oral examination centered upon, but not necessarily limited to this effort is required.  You must be registered for professional paper credits while working on the paper.  It is not possible to complete the professional paper during the summer.  You must work on the paper and be available for committee meetings during the academic year. 

Computer literacy:  All Ed.S. students will demonstrate computer literacy by taking an appropriate class or by documented experience. 

Degree specific requirements:  You must satisfy any additional requirements as may be set forth by your particular program of study planned with your advisor.