2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) [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 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

Core Curriculum

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.)

  • COUN 8561 - Dissertation
  • Can begin dissertation with start of first internship

    (a minimum of 4 quarters is required; 5 cr per term)

Residency Requirements

  • 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.

Course Credits
COUN 8215 - Lifespan Development♦   5 cr.
COUN 8723 - Multicultural Counseling♦   5 cr.
COUN 8630 - Interviewing and Observational Strategies♦  OR COUN 8316 - Techniques of Counseling♦   5 cr.
COUN 8722 - Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories♦   5 cr.
COUN 8250 - Group Process and Dynamics♦   5 cr.
COUN 8753 - Vocational Psychology and Counseling♦   5 cr.
COUN 8315 - Tests and Measurements♦  OR COUN 8360 - Assessment in Counseling and Education♦   5 cr.
COUN 8310 - Research Design♦  OR COUN 8626 - Research Methodology and Program Evaluation 5 cr.
COUN 8320 - Counseling Practicum   3 cr.
COUN 8682A - Counseling Internship I♦   3 cr.
COUN 8682B - Counseling Internship II♦   3 cr.
COUN 8726 - Couples and Family Counseling♦  OR  COUN 8730 - Counseling Addictive Disorders 5 cr.
COUN 8720 - Diagnosis and Assessment♦  5 cr.


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 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 8135 - Clinical Supervision   5 cr.
RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 1 (must successfully complete RESI 1 and all preceding courses to be eligible)
5 COUN 8120 - Professional Consultation, Program Evaluation, and Leadership♦   5 cr.

COUN 8203 - Survey Research Methods  

5 cr.

MUST have taken Pre-Practicum 1 to move forward

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.

Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 2 (must successfully complete Pre-Practicum 1 and all preceding courses to be eligible


COUN 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation  

5 cr.

Must successfully complete Pre-Practicum 2 and all preceding courses to be eligible for Field Experience


Optional Specialization Courses

10–15 cr.

COUN 8890 - Counseling Doctoral Practicum  

3 cr.

COUN 8895 - Doctoral Internship I  

3 cr.


COUN 8896 - Doctoral Internship II  

3 cr.

COUN 8561 - Dissertation 

Can begin dissertation with start of first internship; (a minimum of 4 quarters is required; 5 cr. per term)

20 cr. minimum; 5 cr. per term

 *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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