Feb 18, 2018
“Walden University offers you the opportunity to grow into the person you were intended to be.”
Luis Lacourt, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Student
The doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision is designed to evaluate the theory and practice of counseling through quantitative and qualitative research and to prepare educators and leaders in the profession of counseling.
Graduates of the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program will be able to:
- Respond appropriately to legal and ethical issues across multiple counselor educator roles.
- Appropriately address multicultural issues across multiple counselor educator roles.
- Apply advanced skills for practice as a counseling professional.
- Create a pedagogical identity reflective of effective teaching practices in counselor education.
- Develop contextually appropriate responses to supervisory situations using evidence based models.
- Critically examine the gatekeeping functions required of counselor educators.
- Critique effective practices of research and scholarship.
- Recommend research designs appropriate to the problem being studied.
- Develop effective leadership skills that promote advocacy.
- 107–110 quarter credits, depending on the specialization
- Foundation course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (35 cr.)
- Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
- Advanced Research course (5 cr.)
- Elective and/or specialization courses (10–15 cr., depending on the specialization)
- Field experience courses (9 cr.)
- Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (12 cr.)
- Professional Development Plan and program of study (included in COUN 8001)
- Minimum 11 quarters’ enrollment, depending on the transfer of credit
- Three face-to-face residencies
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)
All PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.
One of the following three courses is required:
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
Field Experience Courses (9 cr.)
- Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing your Foundations course (within the first two terms of your program).
- Complete Pre-Practicum 2 face-to-face after RSCH 8110, COUN 8125, COUN 8115, RSCH 8210 while taking COUN 8120 in order to advance in the program.
- Complete Pre-Practicum 3 face-to-face after COUN 8203 while taking COUN 8551.
Students who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program may be required to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
*Students take 2 electives or 2–3 specialization courses, depending on the specialization chosen.
Doctoral Writing Assessment
Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.
Walden University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Note on Licensure
The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.
Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Find detailed information for the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program. Find detailed information for the Forensic Mental Health Counseling specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.