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Experiential Counseling Ed.S.

Education Specialist

Why this program?

The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Experiential Counseling is specifically designed for individuals who have already completed a Master’s degree and wish to obtain specialized training and credentialing at a higher degree level. It is ideal for students seeking advanced training in one of the recognized helping professions, or those who are concurrently enrolled in a Master of Science in Counseling at the College.

Concentration areas include*:

Adventure-based Counseling, which focuses on clinical experiences that kinesthetically engage clients on cognitive, somatic, affective, and behavioral levels

Nature-based Counseling, grounded in the philosophy of ecopsychology and nature-based interventions that aim to improve mental and physical wellbeing through doing outdoor activities in nature.

*Students must select one of the above concentrations and complete both coursework and applied clinical experiences. Coursework is completed in both general content areas and clinical areas unique to the program specialty. Students will successfully complete at least 100 hours of clinical experience.


What can you do with this degree?

The Ed.S. in Experiential Counseling is the perfect program for licensed professionals seeking advanced training as a practitioner and program administrator in Adventure-based or Nature-based Counseling. Grounded in student-centered learning, our Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Experiential Counseling balances rigorous scholarship, critical thinking, professional development, and community engagement. It’s not surprising that our graduates learn well and establish vibrant careers across the country.

Graduates of the program go on to experience the following careers::

• Clinical Nature-based Counselor
• Clinical Adventure-based Counselor
• Program Administrator

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What will this program look like?

Students exploring Nature-based Counseling will focus on the intersection of mental health and nature-therapy. It is designed for applied practice of the philosophy of ecopsychology that is rooted in the belief that people are part of the web of life and that our psyches are not isolated or separate from our environment. Ecopsychology is informed by systems theory and provides individuals with an opportunity to explore their relationship with nature. 

Students exploring Adventure-based Counseling focus on the intersection of mental health and adventure therapy. It is designed for applied practice for the prescriptive use of adventure experiences, often conducted in natural settings, that kinesthetically engage clients on cognitive, somatic, affective, and behavioral levels. Adventure-based therapy is informed by systems theory and provides individuals with an opportunity to explore their clinical goals in the present moment, during the point of performance.

Admissions Information

Number of Credits
42

Cost Per Credit
$830

Start Dates
August 22, 2023

Completed Fall 2023 Application Deadline
August 9, 2023

Application Checklist

  • Completed Application
  • Application Essay
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • List of References

Key Program Information

Careers & Opportunities

Career Pathways

The Ed.S. in Experiential Counseling is the perfect program for licensed professionals seeking advanced training as a practitioner and program administrator in Adventure-based or Nature-based Counseling.

Career Planning

Our Career Services team works with you to map out a plan that works for your goals and your life. There are many ways to get where you’re going, and we’ve seen it all!

Are you interested in being part of our community?

One thing we all have in common is our passion – passion for helping others, passion for the environment, passion for social justice and a passion for a different kind of learning experience.