May 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counselor Education and Practice, Ph.D.


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The Counselor Education and Practice program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Doctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences. Doctoral students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a “scientist-practitioner” model and should be both consumer and producer of research. Students in this program are expected to follow the most recent version of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.

Departmental Endorsement Policy

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services requires that program faculty endorsement be given only for the program for which the graduate students have been prepared.

Degree Requirements


Core Area (21 Hours)


The Core Area consists of 18 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of Social Foundation of Education and Psychology of Learning coursework.

Research Core (18 Hours)


Required (12 Hours)

  • A two-course sequence (6 hours) in research methodology (see below for specific tracks/courses)
  • Two courses (6 hours) in advanced research methods as identified by the Doctoral Advisory Committee
Historical/Philosophical Methodology

Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning Course (3 Hours)


In addition to highly specialized research in specific areas, doctoral students in the College of Education and Human Development must possess a deep understanding of comprehensive, theoretical principles and broad ideological conceptualizations.

Through historical, philosophical, sociological, and anthropological inquiry, knowledge of social foundations fosters the types of speculative investigations essential for thorough understandings of those theoretical principles and ideological conceptualizations necessary to uphold the integrity of the Ph.D. degree.

The psychology of learning component is based on the following guiding principles: (1) Educational leaders make judgments that affect learning. (2) Doctoral students should have a substantial understanding of the psychology of learning.

Select one (3):

Major Area (44 Hours)


Required (44):

Cognate Area and Elective (12 Hours)


The cognate area provides students an opportunity to enrich their preparation as a counselor with further study in a related area of expertise. Students select one of the following cognate areas:

  • Wellness
  • Multiculturalism
  • Child and Family
  • Trauma and Crisis
  • Sexuality and Counseling

Students may design an individual cognate area with permission from their Doctoral Advisory Committee. The students’ Doctoral Advisory Committee may require courses in the cognate area be from outside the department, outside the College of Education and Human Development, or both.

Dissertation (15 Hours)


Required (15):

Total Semester Hours for Degree: Minimum of 92


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