Counseling and Counselor Education, Ph.D.

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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: 69-75 credit hours

Professional Core (15 credits)
CED 756AAdvanced Counseling Theory and Research 13
CED 756BAdvanced Counseling Theory and Research 13
CED 760BLeadership, Advocacy, and Innovation in Counseling and Counselor Education 3
CED 777CSeminar in Counseling 3
CED 781AClinical Supervision 13
Supervised Practica and Internships (9 credits minimum) 2
CED 757Internship in University Teaching in Counseling 33
CED 779Advanced Counseling Practicum 3
CED 781BClinical Supervision Internship3
CED 780AAdvanced Counseling Internship 40 or 6
Research and Assessment (15 credits)
CED 720AResearch Apprenticeship 3
CED 720BResearch Apprenticeship 3
CED 740Research Practicum in Counseling 3
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 (9 credits)
Select three courses (9 credits) in Education or the Social and Behavioral Sciences9
Dissertation (12 credits)
CED 799Dissertation 512
Total Credit Hours69-75

CED 653 Practicum in Counseling is a corequisite for CED 756A and  CED 756B, but does not count toward the required minimum 69 credit hours for the Ph.D. program.


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, CED 781D), assuming successful experience in prior semesters.


Enrollment in CED 757 is required each semester a student is teaching CED 274 Stress Management, CED 310 Helping Skills, CED 392 Love, Sex, and Relationships: Skills for Building Satisfying, Healthy Relationships, etc.


Only required for students admitted into the doctoral program directly from their master's degree and/or those who have not had one year of clinical experience since completing their master's program. Other students may be required to enroll in CED 780A based on performance in CED 779.


Minimum and maximum, spread over at least two semesters.