2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    Jan 29, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

CACREP logoThe 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.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study (included in COUN 8001)
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Prerequisites (39 cr.)
    • To be completed if students have not graduated with a CACREP-accredited master’s degree
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (10–15 cr., depending on the specialization)
  • Field experience courses (9 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • One residency
  • Two Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online, 4 days face-to-face or virtual synchronous sessions)


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

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. The General specialization does not require specialization courses. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Residency and Pre-Practicum Lab Requirements

  • Complete Residency (RESI 8801C) 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 Student Success Advising.
  • Pre-Practicum 1—Complete Pre-Practicum 1 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—Complete Pre-Practicum 2 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 or virtual residential requirement.

  • 3 weeks online
  • 4 days face-to-face or virtual synchronous sessions (see the Pre-Practicum Calendar)
  • 2 weeks online

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Course Sequence

Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    1 cr.
   5 cr.
  MUST complete Residency within first 90 days  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 1 -   (must successfully complete Residency [RESI 8801C] and all preceding courses to be eligible)  
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  MUST have successfully completed Pre-Practicum 1 to move forward  
6   OR   OR    5 cr.
  Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 2 -   (must successfully complete Pre-Practicum 1 and all preceding courses to be eligible)  
7    5 cr.
  Specialization Course*  
  Must successfully complete Pre-Practicum 2 and all preceding courses to be eligible for Field Experience  
8    3 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
9    3 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10    3 cr.
11+  ** 
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.
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 or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.


CACREP logo 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 Time Frame

Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.