Counseling and Counselor Education, Ph.D.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, doctoral applicants are required to have graduated from a master’s program in counseling or acceptable equivalent that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. They also may present evidence of an appropriate degree from an institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), or the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). (CACREP requirements for a master’s program are needed; if missing, these are prerequisites for admission.)

Applicants to all graduate counseling programs should have vocational goals compatible with the selected program and subspecialty. Program standards are competitive and not all applicants may be admitted. Preference is given to students desiring full-time study.

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Degree Program Requirements

Required: 76-82 credit hours

Professional Core (15 credits)
CED 756AAdvanced Counseling Theory and Research 3
CED 756BAdvanced Counseling Theory and Research 3
CED 760BLeadership, Advocacy, and Innovation in Counseling and Counselor Education 3
CED 777CSeminar in Counseling 3
CED 781AClinical Supervision 3
Supervised Practica and Internships (10 credits minimum) 1
CED 688Contemporary Problems Seminar 1
CED 757Internship in University Teaching in Counseling 23
CED 779Advanced Counseling Practicum 3
CED 780AAdvanced Counseling Internship 36
CED 781BClinical Supervision Internship3
Research and Assessment (18 credits)
CED 720AResearch Apprenticeship 3
CED 720BResearch Apprenticeship 3
CED 740Research Practicum in Counseling 3
CED 777ASeminar in Counseling3
CED 777BSeminar in Counseling 3
CED 777DSeminar in Counseling 3
Research and Statistics Sequence (9 credits)
Select one three-course sequence (9 credits) from the following:9
Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education
and Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments
and Multivariate Analysis
Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences I
and Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences II
and Multivariate Analysis
Cognate (12 credits)
Select four courses (12 credits) in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 412
Dissertation (12 credits)
CED 799Dissertation12
Total Credit Hours76-82

A minimum of 10 credits is required; additional credits are based on admissions, successful completion of CED 779, and students' electing to enroll in more than one semester of clinical supervision and/or teaching internship. Students may enroll in additional semesters of teaching (CED 757) and supervision (CED 781C Clinical Supervision Internship and CED 781D Clinical Supervision Internship), assuming successful experience in prior semesters.


Required each semester a student is teaching CED 310 Helping Skills, CED 392 Love, Sex, and Relationships: Skills for Building Satisfying, Healthy Relationships, etc.


Required for students who enroll in the Ph.D. program directly from their master's degree. May be required for other students based on their CED 779 work.


In a department or program outside of the School of Education.