Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling programs at UMKC’s School of Education is to prepare students to meet the varied psychological, social, and educational needs of individuals, couples and families in diverse urban communities. With an emphasis on social justice, the programs are based on national and state standards for excellence in counselor education training and the overarching goal of the programs is to develop competent counseling professionals who are eligible for certification as professional school counselors and to be licensed as professional counselors.

Overview of the Ed.S. in Counseling

The Educational Specialist degree in Counseling is a post-masters program designed for experienced counselors who desire to add another area to their professional expertise. The program is designed with flexibility to support the preparation of licensed professional counselors and certified school counselors.  Emphasis areas include Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

All students pursuing the Educational Specialist degree in Counseling  complete a minimum of 26 hours of required coursework (because of certification and licensure requirements, students may be required to complete additional courses). In addition to the core courses, students will complete 12 or more hours depending on the chosen emphasis area and certification and/or licensure requirements. The curriculum is individually designed with an adviser so each candidate meets his/her specific needs and professional objectives. Those electing the School Counseling emphasis will, upon successful completion of the coursework and passing of the state exams for counseling, become eligible for school counselor certification in Missouri. The Mental Health Counseling emphasis area is designed for students who wish to work in a variety of settings other than the public schools. Those earning degrees in counseling become employed in community colleges, four-year colleges, specialized areas in large universities (e.g., career planning and placement, drug and alcohol counseling), the court system and community-based mental health services.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Hold a master's degree in counseling from an accredited institution.
  2. A grade of "B" or better is required for courses in theories and methods of counseling.
  3. A grade of "pass" or "credit" is required for counseling practicum courses.
  4. Overall master's in counseling degree GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

Admission Procedures

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow for processing and review time, which could take up to 8 weeks. Application materials must be submitted to two separate offices on campus.

Send the following materials to the Mailing Address below:

  1. UMKC Application for Admission.
  2. Application Fee : $35 (domestic online) or $50 (international) non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  4. Official GRE scores.

    NOTE:  The GRE requirement can be waived if the applicant is a graduate of master degree program equivalent to UMKC Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance (at least 48 credit hrs) with a graduate GPA of 3.5. If you do not have an official report of your performance on the GRE, you can make arrangements to take the test at the Counseling, Health, and Testing Center, 4825 Troost Ave (816) 235-1635, or at almost any university counseling center.

Mailing Address

University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Send the following materials to the address below:

  1. Cover sheet for the Education Specialist Degree in Counseling Program (included in the program application packet).
  2. Three applicant evaluation forms (included in the program application packet) with attached letters of recommendation.
    • Raters should address your suitability for professional studies in counseling.
    • Raters should have knowledge of your interpersonal and intellectual functioning and skills in research, counseling and written and oral communication.
    • Raters should enclose their letters of recommendation along with the provided rating sheet in an envelope, sign their names across the sealed flap, and either return to the applicant for later submission or mail directly to the Division at the address below.
    • Raters should be professional references. This excludes friends and family members.
  3. Personal statement.
    • Submit a concise two to three page statement concerning your professional goals.
    • Include your professional and applied interests/experiences.
  4. Additional requirements may apply for international students.

Mailing Address

University of Missouri-Kansas City
ATTN: ED.S. Counseling Admissions Committee

215 Education Building
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • integrate various models of counseling supervision to develop and apply a personal theory of supervision to case studies.
  • apply contemporary theories of counseling and evidence based practice to conceptualization of client cases.
  • evaluate developmental theories and approaches to counseling special populations.
  • be able to provide counseling, case management, intervention, and assessment services in a community setting.
  • apply multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills to counseling interventions with diverse clients.
  • apply knowledge of mental health consultation processes in designing a prevention program intended to address mental health or social justice needs in the community.
  • evaluate current and future trends in career development, theory, and practice.


Program of study includes a minimum of 26 credit hours of coursework, including core courses and 12 or more credit hours for emphasis area, certification, and/or licensure requirements. Additional coursework may be necessary for students who did not complete all of the program pre-requisite courses during their master's degree in counseling. Individual coursework is dependent on the emphasis option chosen and coursework completed during the master's degree in counseling and will be determined with the help of the student's faculty adviser. Students must achieve a grade of B or better in all coursework associated with the Ed.S. program.

  • No grade below B in courses will be acceptable.
  • Students are required to confer with advisers prior to enrolling in any course leading to the educational specialist degree.
  • Courses at the 5600 level cannot be taken until students are admitted to the Ed.S. program. Please note that 5600 level coursework may be offered during daytime hours.

Mental Health Common Core Courses  (Required 14-17 Semester Credit Hours)

CPCE 5620Advanced Theories And Methods Of Counseling3
CPCE 5640Theories And Methods Of Counseling Supervision2
CPCE 5590Prevention, Consultation, and Program Evaluation in Community Settings (Prevention, Consultation, and Program Evaluation in Community Settings )3
CPCE 5503Psychopathology: Diagnoses And Classification3
Six credits of practicum and/or internship from the following course options:6
Counseling Practicum II
Couples And Family Therapy Practicum
Continuing Counseling Practicum
Advanced Couples & Family Practicum

Mental Health Additional Courses (Minimum of 12 semester credit hours required)

CPCE 5521Special Counseling Methods - Substance Abuse3
CPCE 5541Couples And Family Therapy3
CPCE 5542Theories and Techniques of Family Systems Therapy3
EDUC-R&P 5513Life Span Human Development3
CPCE 5527Theory And Methods Of Sexual Counseling3
CPCE 5528Introduction to Play Therapy3
CPCE 5598Individual Studies1-6
EDUC-R&P 5510Child Behavior And Development3
EDUC-R&P 5512Adolescent Development And The School3

School Counseling Common Core Courses (Required 11 semester credit hours)

CPCE 5605Career Development II3
CPCE 5640Theories And Methods Of Counseling Supervision2
CPCE 5532Counseling Practicum II3
CPCE 5575CInternship In Counseling III3-16

School Counseling Additional Courses (Required 15 semester credit hours)

CPCE 5502Fndtns Of Elementary & Secondary School Counseling & Guidance3
CPCE 5504School Guidance Programs3
CPCE 5550Organization And Administration Of Counseling Programs3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth ((TCH-ED 5404))3
EDUC-C&I 5512Strategies For Effective Classroom Management *3
EDUC-C&I 5517Teaching Methods And Practices *3
Select the following for UMKC K-12 certification:3
Child Behavior And Development
and Adolescent Development And The School
Life Span Human Development

NOTE: TCH-ED 5404 (TCH-ED 404) ,  EDUC-C&I 5512, EDUC-C&I 5517CPCE 5550EDUC-R&P 5510, EDUC-R&P 5512 and EDUC-C&I 5513 are required for those who do not hold a current teaching certificate.  Many people with a teaching certificate would already have taken these courses.

Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all courses in the Ed.S. program with a B or better in all coursework.

Students must apply for graduation by the posted deadline during their final term of enrollment. All students must be enrolled during the term they intend to graduate.

Students in the school counseling emphasis must pass the Missouri state assessments for school counseling.

Students in the School Counseling emphasis must pass the portfolio requirement.

More information about the program can be found at http://education.umkc.edu/programs/view/17