Program Overview

East Tennessee State University offers a specialized program for counseling. The Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Counselor Leadership program is a post-master’s degree intended for teachers and professionals seeking a career in child or student counseling. The program is exclusively available to students with a Master of Education, Teaching, or a Master degree in a related field. 

Counselors are responsible for maintaining moral in an educational institution by providing counseling services to students who are unsure of themselves or having difficulties in school or in their personal lives which may be a hindrance to their school development or behavior in school. Counselors are also responsible for helping students map out their class schedules and class electives, in order to focus on the classes they are most interested in, or which the student needs in order to complete their education. Counselors work at the K-12 educational level and also work as student advisors in the undergraduate or graduate level. 

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Counselor Leadership program is designed for those who are seeking professional development in fields beyond the graduate/master’s degree level. The program is for those who may be interested in seeking specialization leading to leadership positions in schools, educational organizations, or community agencies. The degree may be used by those with school counselor licensing to gain credit needed for licensure as a professional counselor. The program affords professionals the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience by working with faculty who have experience in professional counseling with children, adults and families in a variety of capacities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    A Masters degree is required to be considered for the Ed. S.

    School Overview

    East Tennessee State University is a four-year public institution of higher education located in Johnson City, Tennessee. Students at ETSU can earn their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Founded in 1911 as the East Tennessee State Normal School and its original purpose was to be a training school for teachers. Over the next few decades the college began to expand its degree offerings and areas of specialization.

    ETSU offers a variety of degree programs. Some of the most popular degrees at ETSU are business, health sciences, education and liberal arts.


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