2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

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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:

1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice of clinical supervision.
2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to leadership, advocacy, and social change.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to legal, ethical, and multicultural issues.
4. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to research and scholarship.
5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to professional counseling.
6. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and effective practice related to effective teaching in counselor education.

Students will also be able to:

1. Develop a professional orientation and identity as a counselor.
2. Effectively address the social and cultural diversity issues that impact the counseling process.
3. Synthesize theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive counseling practices.
4. Apply theories and models of career development to related life factors, which affect an individual’s lifestyle and mental health.
5. Utilize major counseling theories to develop an empirically based personal theoretical orientation that integrates theory and best practices.
6. Apply theoretical and experiential principles of group work to develop targeted interventions within group contexts.
7. Evaluate and interpret individual and group assessment in a multicultural society.
8. Utilize research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
9. Demonstrate skills in applying principles of advocacy toward promoting cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
10. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and referral.
11. Achieve personal growth and sustainability in the profession.


Degree Requirements

  • 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 enrollment of 11 quarters, depending on the transfer of credit
  • 20 days of residency


Students who are not licensed professional counselors or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program are required to fulfill prerequisite requirements. 

Statement 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.

Professional Accreditation

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). However, the program was developed to be in line with national standards for counselor education. Since Walden’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is a new program, the university is not yet able to apply for CACREP accreditation. Students will be notified at such time if the program becomes accredited in the future. 



Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)

Courses comprising 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 8100C must be completed during the second term and is linked to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200C and RSCH 8300C must be completed prior to registering for the dissertation.

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:

Dissertation (12 cr.)

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