Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Counseling (Post-Master’s)

The Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) is designed for professionals who hold a master’s degree in a particular field and choose to pursue further education. This Ed.S. program hones counselors critical thinking skills and creates an enhanced breadth of professional knowledge. For counselors working with specific populations, the program helps students develop greater expertise with that population or gain exposure to new populations.

Students who wish to obtain school counseling certification as part of the Ed.S. program may do so with the approval of the Program Director. The Program Director may authorize substitutions in the program for those seeking this certification.

Program of Study
This is a 36-credit program, which includes 12 internship credits, with elective course options enabling students to tailor their degree to their individual professional interests. To view prerequisites and course options, click the View Curriculum icon above.

Online, on-site, and hybrid (a combination of classroom and online learning) classes are available to accommodate busy schedules and learning preferences. Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources
Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom. Faculty includes licensed practitioners who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom and coursework.

Students working to obtain school counseling certification will be eligible for school guidance counselor, K-12, certification by the New Hampshire State Department of Education upon completion of all program requirements. Becoming a credentialed counselor demonstrates expertise and leadership in this field.

Department of Counseling & School Psychology
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Counseling & School Psychology.


Ed.S. in Counseling graduates can pursue leadership roles* as:

  • Private and public school counselors
  • Mental health professionals
  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Human services counselors
  • Youth and family counselors