Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Interested in taking your counseling skills to the next level? The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision will provide you with the knowledge, skillset, and credentials for leadership positions at clinical mental health agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and faculty positions at colleges and universities. This terminal degree will allow you to provide supervision to counselors seeking licensure and to add the credibility of a Ph.D. to your private practice.

For your convenience, classes meet one night per week (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) for 16 weeks in the cohort format. This 54 credit program is offered at the Southpointe Center where you will be enrolled for six to eight credits per semester. To enhance the likelihood of completing the dissertation, you will begin writing early in the program.

You will be the beneficiary of the skills and knowledge of a core faculty that combines nearly three quarters of a century of experience in higher education and private practice. These faculty members and a talented array of adjunct professors provide a broad diversity of research expertise. Enjoy courses that are designed for adult learners through constructivist and didactic teaching methods that are designed to refine cognitive complexity and interpersonal acumen while polishing research and writing skills.

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:

  • Master’s degree in Counseling or equivalent as determined by the faculty
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning (Please include link for transcript request form)
  • A 3.5 grade point average or higher is preferred in your master’s program
  • Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test (Applicants who are licensed professional counselors are exempt if they submit their license number)
  • Two years of direct experience is preferred in counseling services
  • Resume
  • Two professional references (at least one academic and one from a clinical supervisor or employer) Please include link for reference form
  • Doctoral Essay: Please write an essay (5-10 pages) 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.
  • Counseling MMI interview
  • Act 34 (Criminal Record Check) clearance Please include link
  • Act 151 (Child Abuse History) clearance Please include link
  • Act 114 (Federal Criminal History Record) clearance Please include link

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

Academic Curriculum

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 Qualitative Research or CNS 632 Advanced Quantitative 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)