Administration & Supervision Option in Leadership in Counseling (Ed.S.)

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The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) option in Leadership in Counseling requires a minimum of thirty-­six (36) credits in counseling and administration coursework. The program is designed to meet the requirements for certification by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Guidance and Counseling Director. Certification has not yet been approved by the New Hampshire State department of Education. Graduate students interested in New Hampshire certification must discuss this option with the faculty advisor prior to starting the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must possess a master’s degree in counseling and hold certification as a school counselor. The applicant must also have completed a minimum of three years of paid service with progressively responsible experience in the field of school guidance and counseling, with recent leadership experience.

Course Credits

The option in Leadership and Counseling requires a minimum of 36 credits. However, if prerequisites listed below have not been met prior to admission to the program, the total number of credits may exceed the minimum of 36 credits.


The following three courses, or their equivalents, must be completed before the required courses can be taken:
EDUC 919Counseling Practicum: Professional and Ethical Orientation4
EDUC 932Society and Culture: Contemporary Issues in Counseling4
EDUC 933Developmental Models of Comprehensive School Guidance4
Total Credits12


Required Courses
EDUC 964Human Resources in Education4
EDUC 967School Law4
EDUC 972Introduction to Educational Evaluation4
EDUC 973Policy, Politics, and Planning in Education4
EDUC 977Leadership: The District Level Administrator4
EDUC 974Administrative Internship and Field Project 14
Select eight credits (approval of advisor) 28
Total Credits32

Ed.S. students in the Leadership in Counseling Option will have specific requirements associated with their certification requirements incorporated into their internship. The internship will be conducted at the district office level or at the school level with a practicing Director of Counseling. 


If the admitted student has met the prerequisites stated above, she/he must select at least two electives/8 graduate credits that the advisor for the program has approved. If the student needs to complete prerequisites up to two of the prerequisite courses can be used as the elective course consistent with Graduate School policies. Other acceptable electives include courses in counseling, administration (e.g., EDUC 968 Collective Bargaining in Public Education), and special education (e.g., EDUC 951 Laws and Regulations Affecting the Education of Students with Disabilities).