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Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision

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:

  1. Qualifications and skills that prepare you for a teaching career in higher education environments.
  2. Administrative expertise equipping you for leadership in a variety of educational and clinical settings.
  3. Advanced clinical skills designed to maximize proficiency in an independent practice milieu.    

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.

Ph.D./Ed.D.-Counselor Education Catalog

Admission Requirements
Applicants approved for unconditional admission to the online PhD/Ed.D. in Counseling program must have completed a 60 credit hour master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the area of professional counseling.  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.   Other requirements include an acceptable score on the GRE and a successful interview with the Program Director or designee.

The PhD and Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) 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.

Program Format
The Doctoral degrees 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.