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Ph.D. 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.
Through the use of technology, experiential practice, collaboration, and a culturally and contextually relevant curriculum designed to meet the nationally recommended counseling standards, Counselor Education and Supervision students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice of clinical supervision.
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to leadership, advocacy, and social change.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to legal, ethical, and multicultural issues.
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to research and scholarship.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to professional counseling.
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to effective teaching in counselor education.
- 93–98 total quarter credits, depending on the specialization
- Foundation course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (45 cr.)
- Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
- Advanced Research course (4 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
- 20 days of residency
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
Courses composing the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8101 must be completed during the second term and is linked to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8201 and RSCH 8301 must be completed prior to registering for the dissertation. Students are required to complete their first residency before enrolling in RSCH 8101.
Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)
All Ph.D. 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:
Field Experience Courses (9 cr.)
Students who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program may be required to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
Walden University’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision; M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling programs are 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), which is a requirement for licensure in many states.
Note on Licensure
The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.
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