Education Specialist Degree in School Counseling

Education Specialist Degree in School Counseling

Gain the knowledge and training needed to provide extensive programming for preschool through high school aged students.

The Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs offers a 60-credit hour Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. Unique to the education field and to Kansas State University, the Ed.S. is a postgraduate degree which is more advanced than a master’s degree. The Ed.S. serves as the entry-level school counseling degree at K-State. The degree provides extensive specialized coursework and training that prepares school counselors with the skills needed to provide comprehensive P-12 programming in the academic, career, and social-emotional domains. Given the specialist distinction, the Ed.S. provides an avenue for recognition and compensation beyond that of a master’s degree.

Additionally, the Ed.S. degree provides coursework that allows graduates to be eligible for dual licensure in the state of Kansas, which is value added beyond a traditional 48-hour master’s program. First, upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have taken coursework that will make them eligible for a school counseling license with the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). The Kansas School Counseling Licensure Exam (Praxis) will need to be taken in that process. The coursework in the Ed.S. program will also lead to eligibility for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Kansas. In addition to completing the necessary coursework for the LPC, students will be eligilble take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) before applying for licensure through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.

$536.13 per credit hour*
60 credit hours**
100% Online

*This estimate includes online tuition and College of Education fees and is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

** 60 credit hours post baccalaureate


Kansas State University has offered CACREP-accredited counseling programs since 1999. As our programs transition from in-person modalities to 100% digitally delivered, our programs will undergo review for CACREP standards compliance. The content of the Ed.S. in School Counseling program is fully compliant with CACREP standards, and the online modality will be reviewed for accreditation consideration in 2024.


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