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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Counselor Education and Supervision?

Counselor Education & Supervision Program/Student Outcomes

Professional Associations

Professional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for this program with a Master's Degree in another area of study?
Yes, you may apply to the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a MA degree from another area. Each applicant file is considered based upon the candidates merit for success as a future researcher and Counselor Educator. Your transcript would be evaluated by an advisor to determine if you need to take MA Counseling classes to build a stronger foundation for the PhD courses. Sometimes these remedial requirements are so close to obtaining another Master's Degree that students choose to do this first.

Do my Master's Degree semester hours count toward the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision?
If you Master's Degree in counseling is from an accredited college or university it is most likely your hours will transfer and be counted toward the PhD. If you hold a MA from a CACREP accredited program the hours will transfer.

Counselor Education & Supervision Program/Student Outcomes

  • Number of graduates in the past year (2016-2017): 6
  • Program completion rate (for period 2012-2017): 91%
  • Job placement rate (for period 2016-2017): 100%

What is Counselor Education and Supervision?

Mission Statement and Purpose

This program accepts as a primary obligation extending the knowledge base of the counseling profession in a climate of scholarly inquiry. This program prepares students to generate new knowledge for the counseling profession through research that results in dissertations that are appropriate to the field of counselor education and supervision. This extension of knowledge should take into account the societal changes of the 21st century and prepare graduates to be leaders and advocates for change. Students admitted to the doctoral program must have completed studies that meet CACREP entry-level standards and provide evidence of a knowledge base of a professional counselor.

The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares students with knowledge and skills basic to counseling and related behavioral studies. Students are prepared to be counselor educators, counselor supervisors, advanced counseling practitioners, researchers and/or evaluators and leaders in academic and clinical settings. There are optional emphases in gifted education, school counseling, and professional leadership.

Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. graduates are trained counselors and supervisors who can provide a number of professional services such as:

  1. Supervising counselors.
  2. Designing, implementing, and evaluating counseling interventions with individuals and groups.
  3. Teaching in colleges or universities as experts in human relations skills and affective education in K-12 settings and community service settings.
  4. Providing consultation services.
  5. Assisting with program development in both educational and community service settings.
  6. Conducting program evaluations.
  7. Conducting research

Graduates would qualify for faculty or clinical positions in programs with titles such as "Counselor Education," "Counselor Education & Supervision," "Counseling and Human Development," "Human Resources/Services," and related titles.

Professional Associations

Professional Information

The American Counseling Association (ACA) is the professional organization most related to program activities. The Divisions of ACA that most typify the professional identity of Counselor Education graduates include: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), National Career Development Association (NCDA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Association for Assessment in Counseling and Development (AACD), National Employment Counselors Association (NECA), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). In addition, a number of faculty and students are members of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

American Counseling Association (ACA)

LITERATURE: Journal of  Counseling and Development, Counseling Today, and discounted publications

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  State licensure/certification information, convention, state chapters, continuing ed.

OTHER BENEFITS:  Liability insurance, on-line resources, career site

ACA Membership:

American School Counseling Association (ASCA)

LITERATURE:  Professional School Counseling Journal, ASCA School Counselor Magazine, and discounted publications

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Leadership training, advocacy, public policy, convention, state chapters

OTHER BENEFITS:  Liability insurance, targeted listservs, on-line directory

ASCA Membership:

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

LITERATURE:  Counselor Education and Supervision; Newsletter

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Yearly conventions, regional organizations

ACES Membership:

American College Counseling Association (ACCA)

LITERATURE:  Journal of College Counseling; Visions (ACCA Newsletter)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Leadership opportunities, listserv, continuing education, convention

ACCA Membership:

American Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)

LITERATURE:  The Journal for Specialists in Group Work; Newsletter, Resource Lists

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Convention, continuing education, regional divisions

ASGW Membership:

  • Professional
  • New Professional/Student/Retired
  • On-line membership form available at:  

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

LITERATURE:  The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, The Advocate, and discounted publications

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  National directory, convention, state chapters, continuing education

OTHER BENEFITS:  Medicare and managed care consultants, insurance

AMHCA Membership:

Association for Assessment in Counseling (AAC)

LITERATURE:  Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Newsnotes, on-line assessment journals and libraries, ERIC and ERIC/CASS resources

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Leadership opportunities

OTHER BENEFITS:  Liability insurance

AAC Membership:

  • Professional
  • New Profess/Student/Ret

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

LITERATURE:  Educational Researcher, Review of Research in Education, on-line articles and other publications

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Annual meeting, separate divisions, research training sessions

AERA Membership:

  • Active/Assoc/International
  • Student
  • On-line membership form available at:

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

LITERATURE:  Career Development Quarterly; Career Developments, and other discounted publications

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Annual conference, professional development, institutes, networking opportunities

OTHER BENEFITS:  Liability insurance, professional recognition

NCDA Membership: 

  • Regular
  • Retired
  • Student
  • On-line membership form available at: