University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Counselor Education Ed.S.


Degree Specific Credits: 18

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Program Requirements

  • Formal programs of study for the specialist degree in Counselor Education are designed in cooperation with assigned advisor.
  • Regardless of the number of credits in the student’s previous master’s degree, the Ed.S. requires an additional 18 semester credits of study. The total number of credits, including the previous master’s degree, must total at least 64.
  • Students must complete a program of study that closely mirrors one of our nationally accredited master’s degrees in School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • The Ed.S. requires a supervised internship in the specialty area in which the student wishes to qualify for licensure. Supervised internship must total 6 credits (600 supervised hours). Attendance at Internship class (COUN 585) is mandatory.
  • Students must complete a final project of 1-4 credits. This might be a literature review, a pilot study, or a project such as a new program in a school or evaluating a mental health treatment approach. 
Supervised Internship
Complete the following course:
COUN 585Counseling Methods: School & Agency6
Professional Project
Complete the following course:
COUN 596Independent Study1-6
Graduate Electives
Complete 8-11 credits of 500- and 600-level Counseling (COUN) courses in consultation with an advisor. 8-11
Total Hours18

Minimum Grade: C