Overview of the Program
The purpose of the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program—Counselor Education Track is to facilitate the professional leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, counseling practice, and research competencies of students to advance the counseling profession.
Aligned with the current standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), doctoral students are expected to develop the identity of a professional counselor, clinical supervisor, counselor educator, and researcher. This identity is intended to promote competence and professionalism as students begin careers in public and private sectors of mental health care and/or academia. Graduating students usually gain employment as counselor educators/researchers in academic institutions, administrators of mental health service agencies, and advanced practitioners/supervisors.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a clear and strong professional counselor identity, evidenced by professional leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, counseling practice, and research competencies expected of doctoral graduates.
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and practices beyond the entry-level program requirements in all of the following:
- Research and scholarship
- Leadership and advocacy
- Promote diversity through culturally relevant counseling, supervision, teaching, research, and professional service.
During the program students will:
- Gain foundational knowledge in professional counseling, counselor education, clinical supervision, pedagogy, and leadership;
- Engage in advanced training in clinical counseling and supervision at the Clinic for Individual and Family Counseling;
- Develop scholarship, research, and writing skills through didactic coursework and doctoral dissertation;
- Promote counselor professional identity, leadership, and advocacy skills through Chi Sigma Iota; and
- Develop professional competencies in clinical counseling, supervision, teaching, research, and/or leadership through Internship.
The Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program—Counselor Education Track consists of a 100 semester credit hour curriculum. The curriculum consists of four broad areas of coursework: (a) Research and Statistics (15 semester credits); (b) Counselor Education Doctoral Core Courses (43 semester credits); and (c) dissertation (minimum of 12 semester credits).
Up to 30 semester credits may be transferred into the curriculum from a previous master’s degree program. This may be possible if the graduate-level courses substitute for required coursework needed to complete the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral degree, if the student received a grade of B" or better in the courses, and if the transfer of credits are approved by the student’s Faculty Adviser. Other conditions may apply.
Addressing the Needs of the State and the Region
Student enrollment has remained relatively steady over the past few years, reflecting the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, report projecting faster than average growth in counseling positions at both the master's and doctoral levels through 2012 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition). Growth in