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Advance your teaching and counseling skills.

Gain 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.

The PhD in Counselor Educator and Supervision program equips 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.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on May 31, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Core Program and Specializations

Walden’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program offers a variety of specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals:

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

Program 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 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. See courses.

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 and Annual Data Report on the School of Counseling DATA webpage.

Career Outlook

Walden University’s online PhD 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 2018.1
  • Within specialized areas of counseling, employment opportunities are expected to increase between 14% and 24%.1

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 required 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.


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