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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Walden gave me a chance to earn my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision when other major universities turned me down because of my GRE score.
Letitia Browane-James PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate
I am a dad with five young kids still living at home. I wanted to get my PhD and Walden was the most feasible path for me.
Luis Lacourt PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate
Effecting positive social change is innate in my being, therefore the school’s mission played a large role in my decision.
Dr. Lotes Nelson PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate
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.