Mentor Future Counselors With a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
Do you want to influence the success of future counselors? Grounded in empirical research and experiential learning, Walden’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program academically prepares you to drive positive social change as a counseling educator, supervisor, leader, and researcher.
Our program 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). Earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP-accredited program qualifies counselors to teach in CACREP-accredited counseling degree programs.
Earn a degree that opens up a world of career opportunities and become a catalyst for excellence in counselor education and supervision.
Choose from our core program and five PhD specializations to expand your counseling knowledge and teaching credentials.
Walden’s online program gives you the flexibility to balance earning a doctorate with work and personal commitments.
Small class sizes and regular opportunities for engagement allow you to forge deeper connections with your peers and faculty.
Walden offers robust doctoral planning and research tools and support services that help you succeed in every phase of your student journey.
Learn to educate and supervise future counselors through empirically based research and experiential practice.
Explore various types of addictive behaviors as well as contemporary treatment and intervention models used to promote recovery.
Build your clinical expertise in diagnosis, advanced psychopathology, and psychopharmacology and explore treatment modalities.
Explore family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning.
Examine individual and group counseling approaches for children and adolescents in the school setting.
Learn to apply theory and best practices related to trauma and crisis management, working with both individuals and groups.
Admission RequirementsProgram Admission Considerations: A master's degree or higher.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
Students accepted into Walden University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program 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. See courses.
Be a Catalyst for Improved Counseling Practices
Our online PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program equips you with the skills to bring positive change to the profession as a counselor-educator or clinical supervisor. Broaden your perspective working with diverse faculty, students, theory, teaching styles, and research. Graduate from your doctoral program feeling emboldened, energized, and ready to make a positive impact for budding counselors and your community.
Community Connection to Help You Grow
Our online PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program offers opportunities for you to engage with peers and faculty and get hands-on experience in a variety of areas. You can:
- Teach and mentor Walden master’s students early on in your program.
- Facilitate and lead discussions in counseling areas that interest you through our vibrant Learning Communities.
- Receive one-on-one mentoring with faculty members to help expand your leadership skills and professional growth.
- Learn how to develop single or a series of podcasts that allow you to showcase your expertise.
- Join Tapestry, a diversity and inclusion initiative formed by Walden students and faculty.
- Spearhead new projects with help from faculty, such as book clubs and podcast channels.
- Access no-cost continuing education workshops during your studies and after graduation.
Meet Your Academic Team
Elisabeth SuarezAcademic Coordinator
Dr. Suarez has taught counseling master’s and doctoral students since 1997 in face-to-face, blended, and online formats. Her research interests include cross-cultural issues in counseling and supervision and supervision techniques. Dr. Suarez regularly presents at national and regional counseling conferences.
Tracy SenstockSenior Academic Program Director
Dr. Senstock has been training counselors and counselor educators since 1988. She has served in program administration since 1990 and has helped achieve CACREP accreditation for many programs. Dr. Senstock is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and a National Certified Counselor.
As a graduate of this PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program, you’ll be prepared to:
- 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 and Annual Data Report on the School of Counseling DATA webpage.
The number of students enrolled in CACREP-accredited master’s and doctoral programs has risen significantly in recent years. However, the pool of qualified graduates with doctoral degrees in counselor education and supervision—a CACREP requirement for core faculty status—has not grown accordingly. This has left many institutions struggling to hire qualified faculty to teach their counseling programs.1
With a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, you’ll be well-positioned to meet this need. Reach a significant milestone in your career as you earn one of the most respected degrees in the profession. Prepare to lead change in the organizations and communities you serve, whether through teaching, clinical supervision, or research.
A PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:
- Higher education
- Mental health facilities
- Hospitals and clinics
- Rehabilitation centers
- Nonprofit organizations
- Private practice
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
The best part of my experience has been the opportunity to come back to Walden to teach future school counselors and clinical mental health counselors.
Ariel D. Harrison PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate, Walden Faculty Member
My doctorate from Walden opened more professional opportunities for me and boosted my confidence to start my counseling practice, which became a group practice in less than a year.
Letitia Browne-James PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate, President of the Florida Counseling Association
My experience as a Walden CES student has been influenced by my relationship with my peers, the encouragement of professors, and the increased visibility of Black faculty.
Rhemma Payne PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Student, Student Creator of Tapestry
FAQ About Walden’s Online PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
With a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, you can pursue a career as an educator or a practitioner. The majority of our Walden graduates accept employment in graduate counseling programs as full-time faculty. Other graduates become clinic directors and supervisors in mental health clinics and schools, conduct research, or open a private practice.
In 2009, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) passed standards that required all counselor training programs to hire only doctoral graduates from CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision programs as the faculty training future counselors. The only path to become a professor in the field of counselor education is to complete a doctoral degree from a CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program.
Walden students come from all over the world, creating a wealth of diverse perspectives. Our faculty are also diverse. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of expertise. Students can select a dissertation chair with expertise that aligns with their own interests. In addition, all our faculty have doctoral degrees and are licensed practitioners. We offer individualized attention and small class sizes of 15 students or less. Walden is also led by its mission of social change. As a result, students and faculty engage worldwide in programs to create change and make our world a better place for all. Walden’s student support is also among the finest. You’ll be supported through every step of your degree program with access to the Writing Center, the library, personal advisors, and more. Finally, our faculty are available to provide one-on-one support for students in their development of the required skills and dispositions to be confident and competent professionals. We are committed to graduating every student admitted.
Yes. The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Walden University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Additionally, Walden is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Yes. All of Walden’s programs are online. Since 1970, Walden has been offering distance learning to meet the needs of working adults who wanted to continue their professional education. Online learning provides the perfect opportunity to earn a degree while balancing work and other obligations.
Students can complete the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in as few as three years. Most students complete the degree in less than five years.
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