Counselor Education Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program, accredited by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), prepares students to work as counselor educators, clinical supervisors, and advanced practitioners in academic and clinical settings.


Counselor Education Doctoral Admissions Information

Admissions Information

Program Evaluation Summary

CACREP Accreditation

Doctoral Degree Objectives

The Counselor Education doctoral program objectives address the professional leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, advanced counseling practice, and research competencies expected of doctoral graduates.

The program consists of a minimum of four academic years of graduate level preparation (including master's-level preparation), defined as eight semesters, with a minimum of 96 graduate-level credits required of all students in the program.

Learning experiences beyond the master's-level are required in all of the following content areas:

  • Theories pertaining to the principles and practice of counseling, career development, group work, systems, and consultation
  • Theories and practices of counselor supervision
  • Instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education
  • Pedagogy relevant to current social and cultural issues, including social change theory and advocacy action planning
  • Design and implementation of quantitative research methodology, including univariate, multivariate, and single-subject design
  • Design and implementation of qualitative research, including grounded theory, ethnographic, and phenomenological methodologies
  • Models and methods of assessment and use of data
  • Ethical and legal considerations in counselor education and supervision
  • The role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical, and mental status, local, regional, national, international perspective, and equity issues in counselor education programs


Counselor Education doctoral students will have experiences that are designed to:

  • Develop an area of professional counseling expertise
  • Develop collaborative relationships with program faculty in teaching, supervision, research, professional writing, and service to the profession and public
  • Foster participation in professional counseling organizations, including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Meet criteria for appropriate credentials
  • Promote scholarly counseling research
  • Enhance technical competence