Education Specialist in School Counseling

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Teddi Cunningham Fall Semester: July 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: 
tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5930

Summer Semester: April 15

Department of Psychology & Counseling 

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution in an appropriate major (e.g. educational psychology, school counseling, etc.).
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted graduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • Must be a certified school counselor in the state of Georgia or hold credentials to be certified.
  • Must have one year experience working as a certified school counselor (this cannot include practica and internships).

Graduate Record Exam

or

Miller Analogies Test

  • Scores must be from within the last five years:

    • Minimum GRE Requirements: 850 Verbal plus Quantitative (Verbal scores must be 400 or higher)
    • Minimum MAT Requirement: 390

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines. Please note, candidates for this program must hold certification as a Georgia school counselor or the credentials to be certified.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classification and Evaluation Scale

College of Education Ed.S. Admission Evaluation Scale

MAT or GRE Points GPA Points
412+ 1050+ =35 Points 4.00 =35 Points
408-411 1000-1049 =30 Points 3.75-3.99 =30 Points
404-407 950-999 =25 Points 3.50-3.74 =25 Points
399-403 900-949 =20 Points 3.25-3.49 =20 Points
390-398 850-899 =15 Points 3.00-3.24 =15 Points
Test Score Point Subtotal=
GPA Point Subtotal=
Total = (Test score points + GPA points)

 

Recommendation Guidelines for Admission

40+ points

30-39 points

Below 30

 

Will be considered for regular admission

May be considered for admission via appeals process

Admission Denied

 

 

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status only

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

 

 

 

Applicant Resources