Administration & Supervision Option in Leadership in Counseling (Ed.S.)

Administration & Supervision Option in Leadership in Counseling (Ed.S.)

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Why get an administration and supervision Ed.S. with an option in leadership in counseling?

The leadership in counseling option in UNH’s administration and supervision education specialist program is a post-master’s degree that will help you take your career to the next level while also having a positive impact on the lives of students. You’ll study human resources in education, school law, educational evaluation, policy, politics and planning in education, and leadership. You’ll also complete an administrative internship with a practicing director of counseling that will help you meet state certification requirements. Students applying for the program must have a master’s degree in counseling and certification as a school counselor. 

Why choose UNH for your education specialist degree? 

Our graduate education specialist program is offered through both our Durham and Manchester campuses, and you’ll be able to take classes at either location. A part-time option is available in Manchester. Several courses are offered in a hybrid format. The curriculum content of our M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees is consistent with and keyed to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. The standards include knowledge and skills in strategic leadership, instructional leadership, organizational leadership, political and community leadership, and internship. A Ph.D. in education with a specialization in leadership and policy studies is also available. 

Potential career areas

  • Educational administration 
  • Educational leadership 
  • Private industry educational specialist 
  • Research 
  • School counselor 
  • School psychologist 
  • State department of education personnel


Todd DeMitchell

John & H. Irene Peters Professor of Education; Professor of Justice Studies
Phone: (603) 862-5043
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 306, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


Curriculum & Requirements

The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) option in Leadership in Counseling requires a minimum of thirty-­six (36) credits in counseling and administration coursework. The program is designed to meet the requirements for certification by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Guidance and Counseling Director. Certification has not yet been approved by the New Hampshire State department of Education. Graduate students interested in New Hampshire certification must discuss this option with the faculty advisor prior to starting the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must possess a master’s degree in counseling and hold certification as a school counselor. The applicant must also have completed a minimum of three years of paid service with progressively responsible experience in the field of school guidance and counseling, with recent leadership experience.

Course Credits

The option in Leadership and Counseling requires a minimum of 36 credits. However, if prerequisites listed below have not been met prior to admission to the program, the total number of credits may exceed the minimum of 36 credits.


The following three courses, or their equivalents, must be completed before the required courses can be taken:
EDUC 919Counseling Practicum: Professional and Ethical Orientation4
EDUC 932Society and Culture: Contemporary Issues in Counseling4
EDUC 933Developmental Models of Comprehensive School Guidance4
Total Credits12


Required Courses
EDUC 964Human Resources in Education4
EDUC 967School Law4
EDUC 972Introduction to Educational Evaluation4
EDUC 973Policy, Politics, and Planning in Education4
EDUC 977Leadership: The District Level Administrator4
EDUC 974/975Educational Administrative Internship 14
Select eight credits (approval of advisor) 28
Total Credits32
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