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Counselor Education - Doctoral Degrees (PhD)

At this time, the College of Education and Human Development is not admitting
new students to the doctoral program in Counselor Education as it is at full capacity.

The doctoral program is built on the master’s degree program which is currently a (CMHC master’s level degree program seeking CACREP Accreditation), so that it is assumed that students already have a broad academic foundation and successful clinical experiences. The doctoral program involves a three-year intentional, developmental sequence of coursework, internships, and research experiences that prepare students to be Counselor Educators (faculty in University systems) as well as clinical, supervisory, consultation, advocacy, and leadership roles within the counseling profession. The program emphasizes high levels of critical thinking, including analysis of empirical research related to counseling theories and practice as well as counselor education and supervision.   Students have hands-on involvement in the research process beginning in the first semester and throughout the program, with increasing independence under the supervision of faculty members.  Research methods which are covered include; qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed methods.

Professional core courses at the doctoral level involve advanced study in the following areas:

  • Counseling theories and research, including individual, group, and career theories
  • Multicultural counseling and theories of change
  • Assessment and appraisal
  • Consultation, advocacy, and professional leadership
  • Clinical supervision
  • Professional, ethical, and legal issues in counselor education
  • Pedagogy in counselor education

Doctoral students complete an advanced practicum experience in the Lindlof Center, which involves direct contact with clients and supervision with two faculty members. Their internships involve at least one semester each of supervised experience in counseling in an appropriate clinical setting, supervision(of master’s students, and college teaching. Several of these experiences typically are part of the doctoral students’ assigned graduate assistantship responsibilities. Throughout their program, doctoral students are encouraged to make presentations at state, regional, and national conferences; write for publication; and become involved in professional service and leadership activities.


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