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Counselor Education (School Counselor Certification)


Program Overview

Through the EdS in Counselor Education, you can learn cutting-edge techniques to help your students thrive. The coursework focuses on theory, practice and research that will complement your existing education and experience in the field, enhancing your ability to serve a diverse population of students.

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Advance Your Techniques to Help Students Thrive

With courses in counseling strategies and play therapy, this program will allow you to strengthen your skills and progress your career at the same time. You’ll connect with like-minded peers from across the country as you learn to enhance your practice with research-backed techniques.

All classes are available online and are taught by the same faculty who teach on UA’s main campus. Courses are offered in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online formats. Completion of the degree leads to Alabama Class AA School Counselor (P-12) Certification. This degree program is designed to prepare students for certification and licensure.

  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)


The EdS in Counselor Education program consists of 30 credit hours and submission of an electronic portfolio. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • BCE 615 Field Experiences in Counselor Education (6 hours)
  • BCE 626 Readings in Counselor Education
  • BCE 633 Advanced Seminar (6 hours)
  • BCE 653 Intro to Play Therapy
  • BCE 698 Non-Dissertation Research or BER Research course
  • SPE 506 Working with Families

Additional Requirements (select 6 hours from below)

  • BCE 613 Substance Abuse Counseling
  • BCE 618 Advanced Theories of Counseling
  • BCE 652 Counseling Strategies for Adult-Child Relationships
  • BCE 654 Advanced Play Therapy
  • BSP 660 Psychopathology


Admission to the EdS in Counselor Education program requires the following:

  • A master’s degree in school counseling from an accredited institution
  • A valid master’s level professional educator certificate in school counseling
  • Two years of full-time acceptable P-12 professional educational work experience

A completed application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a Graduate School application.

Experience must be verified on the notarized Supplement EXP form. Section III and V should be completed by your current and/or previous school system(s) (usually the HR department), and Section IV is not required. Questions related to acceptable experience or certification should be directed to Dawn Bryant, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Certification at The original form should be mailed to:

The University of Alabama College of Education
ATTN: Dawn Bryant
Box 870231
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231

Applications are accepted year round.

If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

*Test scores are not required.

You Can Do It

At The University of Alabama we want your story to be legendary and it should start with an excellent education and great support. We can help you achieve that from anywhere in the world.

Can I have a master’s degree in any field and apply to the program?

No, you must have a master’s in School Counseling.

Is the GRE or MAT required for admission into the program?

No, you do not need a GRE or MAT entrance exam to be admitted into the program.

Do I have to come to campus for any classes?

No, the program is completely online. While you’ll always be welcome as a member of the University community, including an invitation to participate in the commencement ceremony, you will not be required to come to campus for any classes.

Who teaches the courses?

The same professors who teach on-campus courses teach the online courses.

Is this a cohort-based program?

No, this is not a cohort-based program. Students are admitted year round.

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