2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Jun 19, 2021  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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.


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements

  • 95–100 total quarter credits depending on the specialization
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study (included in COUN 8001)
  • 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.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Minimum 11 quarters’ enrollment, depending on the transfer of credit
  • One face-to-face residency
  • 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online with 4 days of face-to-face experience)


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.

Residency and Pre-Practicum Lab Requirements

  • Complete Residency 1 (RESI 8801) 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). View the calendar, then register using your myWalden portal or by contacting Academic Advising.
  • Pre-Practicum 1—You will be registered for the Pre-Practicum 1 course by the university after you have completed Residency 1, COUN 8001, COUN 8110, RSCH 8110, COUN 8125, COUN 8115, RSCH 8210, RSCH 8310, and COUN 8135 in order to advance in the program.
  • Pre-Practicum 2—You will be registered for the Pre-Practicum 2 course by the university after you have completed Pre-Practicum 1, COUN 8203, COUN 8120, and either RSCH 8260, RSCH 8360, or RSCH 8460 in order to advance in the program.

Each pre-practicum includes online course content integrated with a 4-day, face-to-face residential requirement.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Course Sequence






1 cr.


5 cr.

MUST complete Residency 1 within first 90 days




5 cr.


5 cr.



5 cr.


5 cr.




5 cr.


5 cr.
Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 1 -   (must successfully complete RESI 1 and all preceding courses to be eligible)


5 cr.


5 cr.

MUST have successfully completed Pre-Practicum 1 to move forward

  OR   OR   

5 cr.

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



5 cr.

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


Optional Specialization Courses*

10–15 cr.


3 cr.



3 cr.



3 cr.


Can begin dissertation with start of first internship

5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take two electives or two to three specialization courses, depending on the specialization chosen. 

**To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

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.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe

Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision General specialization 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.