2015-2016 Walden University Catalog (March 2016) 
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2015-2016 Walden University Catalog (March 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

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“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. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program will be able to:

  1. Respond appropriately to legal and ethical issues across multiple counselor educator roles.
  2. Appropriately address multicultural issues across multiple counselor educator roles.
  3. Apply advanced skills for practice as a counseling professional.
  4. Create a pedagogical identity reflective of effective teaching practices in counselor education.
  5. Develop contextually appropriate responses to supervisory situations using evidence based models.
  6. Critically examine the gatekeeping functions required of counselor educators.
  7. Critique effective practices of research and scholarship.
  8. Recommend research designs appropriate to the problem being studied.
  9. Develop effective leadership skills that promote advocacy.

Degree Requirements

  • 107–110 total quarter credits, depending on the specialization
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 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
  • 18 days of residency

Core Curriculum

Foundation Research Sequence (15 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 8110 and 8210 must be completed prior to participation in Residency 2. Students are eligible to enroll in Residency 2 while enrolled in COUN 8203. Students must complete the remaining research coursework before enrolling in Residency 3. Students are required to complete their first residency before enrolling in RSCH 8110.

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:

Specialization Courses/Electives

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Dissertation (12 cr.)


Students who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program may be required to fulfill prerequisite requirements.

Course Sequence





COUN 8001 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Counselor Education and Supervision  

1 cr.

COUN 8110 - Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Identity  

5 cr.


Must take RESI 1 within the first 90 days



RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

COUN 8125 - Teaching in Counselor Education♦  

5 cr.


COUN 8115 - Advanced Counseling Theories♦  

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.



COUN 8203 - Survey Research Methods   5 cr.

Eligible to take RESI 2 while enrolled in COUN 8203


COUN 8135 - Clinical Supervision  

5 cr.


RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

COUN 8120 - Professional Consultation, Program Evaluation, and Leadership♦  

5 cr.

  Must complete RESI 2 before moving forward  


Advanced research course:

RSCH 8251 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  


RSCH 8351 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  


RSCH 8451 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.

COUN 8146 - Crisis Management  

5 cr.


COUN 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation  

5 cr.

COUN 8660 - Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Counseling Professionals♦  

5 cr.

  Eligible to take RESI 3 (can take while enrolled in COUN 8551 or 8660)  


Elective course*

5 cr.

COUN 8890 - Counseling Doctoral Practicum  (can be taken after Residency 2)

3 cr.


Elective course*

5 cr.

COUN 8895 - Doctoral Internship I  

3 cr.


COUN 8896 - Doctoral Internship II  

3 cr.


COUN 8560 - Dissertation  

5 cr.

Timing of Residencies

Residency 1: Within the first 90 days

Residency 2: After completion of COUN 8125 and RSCH 8101

Residency 3: After completion of COUN 8135, RSCH 8201, and RSCH 8301

 *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. 

Program Data

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