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The focus of the CES specialization is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in higher education instruction, advanced leadership skills to be an administrator for behavioral health agencies and by delivering advanced clinical training that will enable them to function in private practice settings or other innovative clinical environments.
The Doctoral degrees in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) were developed as a specialization of the University’s PhD in Leadership and the EdD in Educational Leadership. Graduates of the program will earn:
The doctoral specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision is administered from the Department of Educational Leadership. The team from Educational Leadership is responsible for the teaching of the Leadership courses. The School of Counseling is responsible for all admissions, teaching of CES coursework, advising, clinical experiences, and the dissertation process.
Applicants approved for admission to the online Counselor Education and Supervision program must meet the following requirements: 1) Hold a 60 credit hour Master’s Degree in Counseling or closely related clinical specialty from a regionally accredited college/university; 2) Hold a current counseling license or be eligible as a professional counselor, and agree to maintain licensure throughout program; and 3) Have earned within the past 5 years a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 (800 previous scale) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a score of at least 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Test scores older than five years may be considered if they are above 300 (800 previous scale) on the GRE and 400 on the MAT.
Unconditionally admitted applicants must have satisfied the eight (8) CACREP Core Curricular areas and hold a license (or be licensed eligible) as a professional counselor. This program requires 20 days of on-campus residency, offered in the summer and occasionally in the winter on the beautiful campus of University of the Cumberlands. A total of four (4) 5-day residencies are required for program completion. Other requirements include a successful interview with the Program Director or designee.
The PhD in Leadership and the EdD in Educational Leadership with specializations in Counselor Education and Supervision is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program is also designed to be Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) compliant. Initial efforts toward CACREP accreditation are underway.
The doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision are offered in a convenient hybrid format allowing most of the degree to be completed online. Face-to-face residency requirements are minimal and may be held on campus or at a more centralized site. The University has exceptional, state-of-the-art distance learning technology that allows secure, small group video interaction and conferencing. Interactive connection to the counseling lab promotes live training experiences. A full-time course load for the Doctoral degrees in Counseling is nine (9) hours per semester. Efficient course sequencing allows the program to be completed in approximately three (3) years.