Choose one of the few PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision programs available online, and advance your teaching and counseling skills.
Prepare to drive transformative change within the counseling profession and your community. In the Counseling and Social Change specialization, you can build competencies as both a scholar-practitioner and professional advocate. In addition to examining theories of social and personal change, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of assignments focused on topics such as social inequality, power, and issues related to gender and sexism.
Walden students have up to 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.
|Course Code||COUN 8140||Course||Professional Counselor as Scholar-Practitioner||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||COUN 8662||Course||Psychology and Social Change||Credits||(5 cr.)|
The responsibility of scholar-practitioners in the field of counseling is to consume and disseminate information in clinical, academic, and administrative settings. Students are provided with a model for development as professional counselors and scholar-practitioners through which they learn to process knowledge and engage in professional advocacy in this course. Students explore relationship, professional-writing, and presentation proficiencies and apply these skills in practice scenarios through application-based assignments. They also identify and evaluate publication and presentation venues. Applying course concepts and acquired knowledge, students gain practical experience as scholar-practitioners as they complete a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed, counseling-related journal.
In this course, students analyze and evaluate theories of social and personal change. Students engage in a variety of conceptual and application assignments focused on power and social inequalities, ethnic inequalities, global environment, and issues related to gender and sexism, such as homophobia. In addition, students examine the impact of social change theories on children, families, and societies. They explore the concepts of change agent and change advocate as well as the role of the psychologist as change agent. Students also engage in an integrative written assignment to synthesize theories and analyze a current social problem in their community, for which they propose an action to address the issue and drive positive social change.
|Course Code||DRWA 8000||Course||Doctoral Writing Assessment||Credits||(0 cr.)|
This course is part of Walden's commitment to help prepare students to meet the university's expectations for writing in courses at the doctoral level. In this course, students write a short academic essay that will be scored by a team of writing assessors. Based on the essay score, students will be guided toward any further recommended or required writing support needed to meet writing proficiency standards. This required course is free. Students will be enrolled automatically in it after they complete their first term of their doctoral program.
*Learn more about completion requirements for students 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.
†Due to the practicum requirements of this program, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or a US territory at time of admission and must reside in the United States or a US territory at time of admission to be eligible for this program. United States military personnel stationed abroad should contact an enrollment advisor to determine eligibility.