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.

Minimum 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:*

  • 85 quarter credits (95-100 with optional specialization)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Minimum 11 quarters enrollment
  • 1 Residency & 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6wk online, 5 days on ground face to face)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 8001 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Counselor Education and Supervision Credits (1 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8110 Course Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Identity Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8125 Course Teaching in Counselor Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8115 Course Advanced Counseling Theories Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8135 Course Clinical Supervision Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8120 Course Professional Consultation, Program Evaluation, and Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8203 Course Survey Research Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (4 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8890 Course Counseling Doctoral Practicum Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8895 Course Doctoral Internship I Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8896 Course Doctoral Internship II Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8561 Course Dissertation Credits (3 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

*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.

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

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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