Counseling, Leadership,
and Special Education


Specialist in Education, Counseling and Assessment

Counseling session

Why pursue the counseling and assessment degree at Missouri State?

The specialist in education, counseling and assessment program is one of the region’s only degree programs that meet the school psychological examiner certification requirements – a field experiencing tremendous shortages in school districts across the state.

The EdS degree is often a major step up in career advancement. Missouri State’s program is tailored to working teachers, counselors and mental health professionals who desire to further their career as a school psychological examiner. Courses are offered through alternative delivery options, included seated, online and concentrated classes.

As a post-graduate student, you will:

  • Hone effective communication and analytical skills necessary to lead an educational team through the process of identifying students in need of special education services
  • Gain comprehensive training at the University’s on-site counseling center
  • Benefit from a team of faculty members dedicated to counseling, psychology and life-long education
  • Be among a cohort of select students motivated to making a difference in the lives of students

Follow your passion for helping students

Successful completion of the specialist degree program prepares you for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and reduces the number of post-degree supervision hours required for the LPC from 3,000 to 1,500. As an EdS graduate, you will earn DESE certification in the following areas:

  • School Psychological Examiner and Elementary School Counselor
  • School Psychological Examiner and Secondary School Counselor
  • School Psychological Examiner and K-12 School Counselor

In addition, EdS supervision training is incorporated into course work to allow you to supervise other LPCs after you are licensed and have three years of experience.