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The Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision is intended to prepare individuals for employment as counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, or school counseling. The program provides doctoral students with the information and skills required to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations, and create new knowledge.

The official name of the Ph.D. degree program is a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. The program leading to the Ph.D. degree consists of a minimum of 54 semester credits beyond the master's degree, a clinical practicum, a specialty practicum, an internship, a candidacy examination, and a dissertation.

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Objective 1:

To build upon the knowledge and skills received in master’s level CACREP accredited degree programs (or the equivalent) through advanced studies in:

  • Ethical and legal considerations in counselor education and supervision.
  • Theories pertaining to the principles and practice of counseling, career development, group work, systems, consultation, and crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events.
  • Theories and practices of counselor supervision; instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education.
  • Pedagogy relevant to multicultural issues and competencies, including social change theory and advocacy action planning.
  • Design, implementation, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Models and methods of assessment and use of data.

Objective 2:

To provide rigorous studies and experiences that prepare graduates for leadership roles in counseling, counseling research, counselor education, supervision, and advocacy.

Objective 3:

To provide studies and experiences that emphasize a culturally competent and social justice perspective of leadership in counseling, counselor education, supervision, and research.

Objective 4:

To provide learning experiences for students to ethically and competently integrate Christian principles into their personal and professional career development.

Objective 5:

To engage students as active servant leaders in their communities by applying knowledge and skills from courses to service opportunities that address the specific social and systemic needs of the communities they serve.

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Accreditation of universities and university programs is voluntary. Universities and programs choose to seek accreditation to ensure that their academic programs meet the highest standards that have been set by academics, professionals, and professional associations throughout the United States.

The Waynesburg University master's degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and addiction counseling are accredited by the American Counseling Association's Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is in the application phase of the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation process.

In addition to the general prestige of graduating from a program recognized as having met national standards, there are some very concrete advantages of having graduated from a CACREP-accredited graduate program in counseling. These advantages include being able to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and apply for and become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) upon graduation from the WU master's degree programs without having to complete two years of post-graduation supervised experience (as is required for those who graduate from master's degree programs that are not CACREP accredited). Many job announcements now list preferences for candidates who have graduated from CACREP accredited graduate programs, who are NCCs, and who are licensed as professional counselors. All of these preferences can be realized more easily by having graduated from a CACREP accredited program in counseling.

The Addictions Counseling program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board.

Waynesburg University is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, 3624 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.384.5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation. Waynesburg University is also accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education 333 Market Street, Harrisburg PA 17126 (717-783-6788) The mission of the Pennsylvania Department of education is to assist the General Assembly, the Governor, the Secretary of Education and Pennsylvania educators in providing for the maintenance and support of a through and efficient system in education.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ph.D. program in Counseling at Waynesburg University is to prepare professional counselors to provide leadership in the profession of counseling. Counseling leaders must be best practice counselors, supervisors and teachers. They should be grounded in the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association and its subdivisions. Counseling leaders are diversity informed and culturally competent. Finally, the use best practice standards in research and scholarly activities. The program is designed to enhance the counseling skills of doctoral students, prepare counselors for the roles of clinical and administrative supervisor, develop the teaching skills of students, teach students to conduct research, and prepare students to become counseling scholars. The program prepares doctoral students to become university faculty members in counselor education programs and leaders in the specializations of clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, and school counseling.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Follows the standards for doctoral-level program requirements as outlined by the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Counseling Core Content Concentration (24 credits minimum)

CNS 605 Methods of Counselor Supervision
CNS 606 College Teaching and Methods of Counselor Education
CNS 607 Multicultural Perspectives in Counselor Education, Supervision, and Research
CNS 608 Professional Orientation and Leadership in Counselor Education, Supervision and Research
CNS 625 Advanced Counseling Theory and Skills
CNS 626 Advanced Group Counseling
CNS 627 Field Experience in College Teaching
CNS 628 Field Experience in Counselor Education and Leadership

Research Core (21 credits minimum)

CNS 609 Research Design and Program Evaluation
CNS 615 Introduction to Statistics and Quantitative Methods
CNS 616 Introduction to Qualitative Research
CNS 631 Advanced Research Methods
CNS 698 Dissertation Proposal Seminar

CNS 699 Dissertation Research (6 credits)

Doctoral Counseling Practicum and Internship (9 credits minimum)

CNS 675 Advanced Supervised Practicum in Counseling (minimum of 100 hours)
(This will be the traditional clinical counseling practicum required by CACREP. This practicum involves a minimum of 80 direct client hours (10 of which much include group counseling) and a minimum of 100 hours overall.) (3 credits)

CNS 665 Internship in Counseling (6 credits) (minimum of 600 hours)
(The internship is completed beginning third semester through the end of the students' doctoral program. In the internship, students provide individual and group supervision to master's students, assist in teaching master's courses, provide counseling services at sites where they are employed, engage in research activities with faculty, and participate in professional association activities. During each semester, students receive either weekly individual or group supervision from a faculty member. Students may register for 3 credits of internship the semester in

Minimum Number of Credits in the Ph.D. Program = 54

Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites are required of all Ph.D. students. Prerequisites that have not been completed prior to beginning the Ph.D. program may be taken as a part of the Ph.D. program. Entry Level Core Courses usually have been taken during the doctoral student's master's degree program. These courses (or their equivalents) either must have been taken prior to entry into the Ph.D. program, or must be taken as a part of the Ph.D. program. Each course is 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

CNS 505 Foundations of Counseling
CNS 506 Lifespan Development
CNS 508 Culture and Identity
CNS 513 Theories of Counseling
CNS 514 Techniques of Counseling
CNS 516 Theories and Techniques of Career Counseling
CNS 517 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
CNS 518 Research and Program Evaluation
CNS 525 Testing and Appraisal
CNS 546 Psychology and Diagnosis
CNS 565 Practicum in Counseling (minimum of 100 hours)
CNS 548 Family Therapy (CNS 558 for addictions counselors)
CNS 566 Counseling Internship (minimum of 600 hours)

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision program, the student must possess and submit the following:

  • Completion of online application
  • Master's degree in Counseling or equivalent
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning
  • A 3.5 grade point average or higher is preferred in your master's program
  • Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test (Applicants who have passed the national counselor exam or its equivalent are exempt.)
  • Two years of direct experience is preferred in counseling services
  • Resume
  • Two recommendation letters on letterhead from professional, academic and/or business sources who can attest to your potential as a professional counselor.
  • Doctoral Essay: Please write an essay discussing how your involvement in scholarship, leadership, and advocacy has informed your current professional development. How will obtaining a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision enable you to build on your current abilities and professional orientation? Articulate your understanding of the mission and goals of our Ph.D. program and how that will enhance your professional development.
  • Act 34 Clearance - Pennsylvania Criminal History Record
  • Act 151 Clearance - Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (requires 6 weeks to process)
  • Act 114 Clearance - FBI Fingerprint Clearance (Enter Service Code 1KG738 and then select Schedule or Manage an Appointment)

*All transcripts will be reviewed for compliance with CACREP standards.

When to apply

The Doctoral Program in Counseling accepts students on a rolling admissions calendar, with prospective students applying in the fall or early spring prior to the fall semester in which they plan to begin the graduate program. Those students wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships should apply for Early Admission. To be considered for admission, prospective students must submit all required materials to complete an application (see above for admissions requirements) and complete a required interview.

Rolling Admissions

Prospective students who apply on the rolling admissions calendar will be notified of admission decisions 4 to 6 weeks after their application is complete and after they have completed their required interview. The deadline for rolling admissions is June 1.

Early Admission

Prospective students interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship should apply for early admission. Doctoral students interested in early admission must submit a complete application by January 15. There will be no extensions to this deadline. Early admissions applications will be reviewed in January with interviews scheduled in early February. Students will be notified of admission and funding decisions by March 1.

Graduate Counseling

James Hepburn

Program Director for the Master of Arts in Counseling-Program Director for the Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Education-Professor of Psychology

Graduate Programs in Counseling