Frequently Asked Questions



·         When does the program start?

Candidates are admitted in the fall and spring of each year.


·         Where will the program be offered?

The Ed.S. Program is offered at the Atlanta campus.


·         Who may apply?

Applicants must hold a master’s degree in school counseling, counseling with a school counseling add-on, or a counseling-related field from a regionally accredited college or university. Preference is given to graduates of CACREP/NCATE programs and applicants who are currently certified as a School Counselor and/or have leadership experience in the field.


·         How long will it take?

The program takes a minimum of four semesters, including summer. The semesters include coursework, a 300 hour internship, a comprehensive exam, and a capstone project.  Many people take two years to complete the program because of the demands of working and attending school simultaneously. 


·         Can I keep my job and do this program?

Yes, however there is a 300 hour internship requirement that requires candidates to engage in an on-site field experience in chosen career path relating the school counseling profession.  


·         How much does it cost?

Please consult the Mercer University catalog for current tuition rates, available at the following website: http://www.mercer.edu/registrar/catalogs.  Most Educational Specialist candidates take an average of two 3-hour courses each semester.


·         Is there financial aid available for this program?

Financial aid, such as loans, is available for graduate programs.  To receive financial aid, candidates must be fully admitted to the program.  Specific financial aid questions should be directed to the financial aid counselors at: 678-547-6444


·        How do I get more information on the program?

     To get more information or an application packet call Mitzi Jenkins (678) 547 6411

or by email: Jenkins_MJ@Mercer.edu, or on Mercer’s web site:



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