Walden is among the few universities that offer a CACREP-accredited Ph.D. in counselor education program online.

CACREP logoGain the knowledge and experience to assume a leadership role in a clinical, community, academic, nonprofit, or research setting or to work as a counselor educator with Walden’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program.

Change your world and the world of those around you with a doctoral degree program that prepares you with advanced teaching, supervision, and counseling skills that can broaden your ability to advocate for the profession and clients. Reach a significant milestone in your career as you earn one of the most highly respected degrees in the profession and prepare to lead change in the communities and organizations you serve.

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Walden’s Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision offers a General Program as well as six specializations to help you reach your personal and professional goals:

Doctoral Program Entry Points

  • If you are a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in counseling or if you hold a master’s degree from a CACREP-accredited university, you may be eligible to transfer credits into this program, saving you time and money. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to learn more.
  • If you are not a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in counseling or if you did not graduate from a CACREP-accredited master’s program, you must complete prerequisites for this program.  Learn more.

A Doctoral Degree Program That Meets Rigorous CACREP Standards

Walden’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This accreditation attests to the quality of Walden’s counselor education programs and increases the value of your degree in a variety of ways.

Note 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.

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General Program

The doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision is designed to teach you how to evaluate the theory and practice of counseling through qualitative and quantitative research and to prepare you as an educator and leader in the profession of counseling. Doctoral students are expected to demonstrate an advanced understanding of counseling theory; advanced individual and group-counseling skills; teaching and supervision competencies; research skills; and a commitment to professional service and scholarship. 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 assume leadership positions in the counseling profession and be equipped to model the highest ideals and ethics of the counseling profession.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited program:*

  • 93 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Electives

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or US Territories at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or US Territories at time of admission to be eligible for this program. US military personnel stationed abroad should contact their Enrollment Advisor to determine eligibility.

Advanced Research Methods

You can gain deeper insight into the methodologies used in counseling and counselor education research with a specialization in Advanced Research Methods. Develop critical competencies in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches used in social science research. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills by developing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research plans. This specialization can prepare you to serve as a methodologist and conduct research as a counselor educator or supervisor.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited program:*

  • 91 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (8 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan (included in COUN 8001)
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Specialization Courses

In addition to the Advanced Research Course (above) chosen to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement, select the two remaining advanced research courses to complete the specialization requirement.

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, the applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or a U.S. territory at time of admission and must reside in the United States or a U.S. territory at time of admission to be eligible for this program. United States military personnel stationed abroad should contact an enrollment advisor to determine eligibility.

Consultation

Study to effectively apply consultation skills to improve individual, group, and organizational performance. Share your counseling skills and expertise as you solve problems and make recommendations in a range of settings, including primary and organizations, and business and industry.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited program:*

  • 93 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.) secondary schools, mental health agencies, higher education institutions, nonprofit
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan (included in COUN 8001)
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.  

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

 

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Specialization Courses

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or US Territories at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or US Territories at time of admission to be eligible for this program. US military personnel stationed abroad should contact their Enrollment Advisor to determine eligibility.

Counseling and Social Change

Prepare to drive transformative change within the counseling profession and your community. In the Counseling and Social Change specialization, you can build competencies as both a scholar-practitioner and professional advocate. In addition to examining theories of social and personal change, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of assignments focused on topics such as social inequality, power, and issues related to gender and sexism.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited program:*

  • 93 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan (included in COUN 8001)
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Specialization Courses

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or US Territories at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or US Territories at time of admission to be eligible for this program. US military personnel stationed abroad should contact their Enrollment Advisor to determine eligibility.

Forensic Mental Health Counseling

You can gain the skills needed to be an effective practitioner, leader, or educator within the legal and criminal justice systems with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. You’ll explore the variety of assessment tools and techniques used in forensic psychology and learn how to apply research findings to forensic clinical settings. Coursework examines the history, theories, and approaches of program evaluation and how to choose the most appropriate research models to perform evaluations. This specialization can prepare you to work in family courts, drug courts, group homes, and agencies that offer dispute resolution.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program:*

  • 98 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan (included in COUN 8001)
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Specialization Courses

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or US Territories at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or US Territories at time of admission to be eligible for this program. US military personnel stationed abroad should contact their Enrollment Advisor to determine eligibility.

Leadership and Program Evaluation

You can gain the skills you need to become an effective leader in a variety of settings. In the Leadership and Program Evaluation specialization, you’ll explore the qualities inherent in effective leaders and learn strategies for leading diverse organizations through transformative change. Coursework examines the skill sets required to assess research as well as the history, theory, and approaches behind program evaluation. This specialization can prepare you to serve organizations directly as a program leader, researcher, educator, counselor, supervisor, consultant, volunteer, or board member.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program:*

  • 93 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan (included in COUN 8001)
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Specialization Courses

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or US Territories at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or US Territories at time of admission to be eligible for this program. US military personnel stationed abroad should contact their Enrollment Advisor to determine eligibility.

Trauma and Crisis

Apply theory and best practices related to trauma and crisis management, working with individuals and groups recovering from the effects of trauma and crisis, such as natural disasters, violence, terrorism, or war. Broaden your understanding of the models, leadership roles, and effective strategies to respond to crises as a counseling leader or manager. Learn the appropriate ethical and legal responses to individual, community, national, and international crises.

Completion Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program:*

  • 93 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (46 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Practicum (3 cr.)
    • Internship (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (12 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan (included in COUN 8001)
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 20 days of residency (one 4-day and two 8-day residencies)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.  

Core Courses

Foundation Research Sequence

Advanced Research Course

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Specialization Courses

Practicum

Internship

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or US Territories at time of admission and currently reside in the United States or US Territories at time of admission to be eligible for this program. US military personnel stationed abroad should contact their Enrollment Advisor to determine eligibility.

Curriculum Component  Requirements  Cost 
Courses  93–98 total quarter credit hours $495 per quarter credit hour
4-Day Residency One during your program  $1,160 each, plus travel, lodging, other expenses 
8-day Residency  2 during your program  $2,200 each, plus travel, lodging, other expenses 
Technology Fee  per quarter  $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Walden University’s online Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program can help you gain the skills needed to advance as a leader in your organization or make a difference as an educator. Whether you want to pursue a role in administration, teaching, private practice, or research, this doctoral degree program will enable you to work in a variety of professions.

Enter a High-Growth Field

  • Employment opportunities for counselors are expected to increase by 18% between 2008 and 2018.*
  • Within specialized areas of counseling, employment opportunities are expected to increase between 14% and 24%.*

Stay in Demand

Earning a doctoral degree in this field is important now more than ever. By 2013, professional criteria set forth by leading counseling organizations will require all new faculty members of Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited programs to hold doctoral degrees in counselor education and supervision. Earning your Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision will provide you with the credentials needed to work as a professional in counselor education and supervision.

Expand Your Career Options

A Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision can provide you with greater opportunities to move your career forward in professional settings that include:

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Government agencies
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Mental health facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–11 Edition,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm (viewed online October 18, 2011). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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This program can help you:

  • Learn from nationally recognized experts in the profession.
  • Develop counseling expertise in a relevant area, including forensic mental health counseling and crisis counseling.
  • Gain strategies and skills for publishing and presenting research.
  • Gain clinical and related experience to enhance your professional development by participating in both a doctoral practicum and an internship.
  • Conduct effective counseling-related program evaluations.
  • Design, implement, and analyze your own research related to the counseling profession.
  • Prepare for a role as a counselor educator in a program that complies with national standards that require new faculty members of Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited programs to hold doctoral degrees in counselor education and supervision by 2013.

As a student in Walden’s counselor education doctoral program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program:

CACREP Accreditation

Walden’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation that accredits counselor-preparation education programs. Walden is one of the few higher education institutions to offer a CACREP-accredited doctoral degree program with a focus on counseling education and supervision online.

This accreditation ensures that our program meets CACREP standards of quality and relevance to the profession. Graduating from a CACREP-accredited program can provide you with:

  • More employment opportunities nationwide.
  • The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the profession.

Learn more about accreditation at Walden.

Residencies

Walden’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision residencies are held in convenient locations throughout the year. The three face-to-face residencies contribute to your academic and professional success by focusing on research, scholarship, and counselor education skills such as teaching and supervision.

Residency 1—Socialization

  • Days: 4
  • Format: Orientation, seminars, and colloquia
  • Focus: Socialization into Walden, introductory skills, team building, professional identity, and scholarly writing

Enroll in Residency 1 within the first two quarters of your program.

Residency 2—Research Methods and Teaching

  • Days: 8
  • Format: Seminars and co-teaching with master’s-level faculty
  • Focus: Research methods and skills, teaching and supervision in counselor education, and advanced clinical skills

To attend Residency 2, you must have completed COUN 8125 and RSCH 8100C.

Residency 3—Prospectus, Teaching, and Supervision

  • Days: 8
  • Format: Research seminars, co-teaching, co-supervision, and group facilitation
  • Focus: Prospectus writing, research presentation, proposal development, dissertation process, and teaching and supervising master’s-level counselors in training

To attend Residency 3, you must have completed COUN 8135, RSCH 8200C, and RSCH 8300C.

Prerequisites

Students accepted into Walden University’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program are required to demonstrate curricular experiences equivalent of CACREP entry-level standards and curricular requirements of a specific program area. To fulfill these requirements, students will complete the following courses prior to beginning doctoral-level counselor education coursework.

Course Code  Course Title  Credits 
COUN 8215  Lifespan Development  5
COUN 8723  Multicultural Counseling 
COUN 8316  Techniques of Counseling 
COUN 8722  Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories 
COUN 8250  Group Process and Dynamics
COUN 8753  Vocational Psychology and Counseling 
COUN 8360  Assessment in Counseling and Education 
COUN 8326  Research and Program Evaluation 
COUN 8320 Counseling Practicum 
COUN 8682  Counseling Internship

Choose one of the following two courses to complete the Core requirement:

Course Code  Course Title  Credits 
COUN 8726  Couples and Family Counseling 
COUN 8728 Substance Abuse Counseling 

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Graduates of this program will be prepared 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.

Additional Learning Outcomes for Counseling Programs

  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.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.