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

CACREPGain 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 PhD 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.

Learning Outcomes

The competent and confident counseling professional will:

  • Respond appropriately to legal and ethical issues across multiple counselor educator roles.
  • Appropriately address multicultural issues across multiple counselor educator roles.
  • Apply advanced skills for practice as a counseling professional.
  • Create a pedagogical identity reflective of effective teaching practices in counselor education.
  • Develop contextually appropriate responses to supervisory situations using evidence based models.
  • Critically examine the gatekeeping functions required of counselor educators.
  • Critique effective practices of research and scholarship.
  • Recommend research designs appropriate to the problem being studied.
  • Develop effective leadership skills that promote advocacy.

Read our PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Program Outcomes Report.

Find detailed information for the Forensic Mental Health Counseling specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Note on Licensure:
The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.

Walden Facts


Almost 95% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.*


More than half of Walden doctoral graduates who responded to our survey say their degree contributed to earning a pay raise.*

Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.


Lotes Nelson

Lotes Nelson

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate
Earning my PhD was originally simply an opportunity to begin teaching at a graduate level. Now my degree will give me and my nonprofit additional credibility, which I am already leveraging to work with local and regional stakeholders to raise awareness and promote social change.
The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal.
I have referred colleagues, friends, and family to Walden because they are busy working professionals who did not think their schedules permitted them the time to pursue a traditional campus-based doctoral program.
Luis Lacourt PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate
Luis Lacourt
Kahla D. LaPlante PhD in Health Services Student
Kahla LaPlante
Rita Gloria Sawyer PhD in Education Graduate
Rita Gloria Sawyer
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