Ph.D. in Counselor Education

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Program Description

The Counselor Education doctoral program provides the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions in counselor education and school counseling. The degree includes a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses for a minimum of sixty-nine hours of graduate credit. However, the doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of this coursework and completion of a major research study resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation.

Students who complete the doctoral degree in counselor education will be able to:

  • apply counseling theory and research to the counselor education and/or school counseling leadership functions
  • plan and deliver research-based counselor education didactic courses
  • apply counselor supervision theory and research to individual and group supervision in counselor education and school counseling programs
  • use advanced level communication and interpersonal skills in consultation, counseling, counselor education, supervision, and evaluation
  • interpret the relationships among federal, state, and local agencies and the laws and ethical considerations applicable to the counselor education and school counseling program management fields
  • apply advanced level diagnostic and assessment methodology, and develop the capacity to teach appropriate treatment plans for a wide range of psychological concerns to master’s level students
  • demonstrate multicultural awareness and competence during doctoral level counseling, supervision, and consultation
  • incorporate adult education pedagogy and research as a basic tool in administering counselor education and staff development programs
  • design doctoral-level counseling research and interpret results
  • apply data to advanced level counseling capabilities and school counseling leadership functions
  • successfully complete extensive internship experiences directly related to the student’s individual professional goals.


Admission requires devoting a significant amount of time to the program. The inability to devote the necessary time will require the individual to drop out of the program.

This program follows a cohort model. This means that individuals are admitted to a specific group, called a cohort, and are required to take their coursework at the same time as the other individuals in the cohort. Cohorts begin in May or June of each year. In the event that students encounter personal emergencies that result in dropping out of the normal schedule, they may be required to join another cohort with a different schedule.

The application deadline is December 1st.

Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program in Counselor Education must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) showing receipt of a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree from an accredited institution
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. Program application and fee
  6. Personal statement (1000 words maximum)
  7. Five Reference Evaluation Forms, three from officials in schools or mental health agencies where the applicant has been employed and two from current or former graduate-level professors (Note: These must be “closed” recommendations)

Applicants should have a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field (i.e., one that is accepted by the Texas Board of Licensed Professional Counselors). In addition, the master’s degree and additional coursework should be a minimum of 48 hours and cover the core curriculum areas required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Applicants' graduate GPA should be 3.5 or higher.

Applicant Interview and Selection Process

The Counselor Education doctoral admissions committee will consider all applications through a holistic review process, taking into account the master's GPA, GRE scores, work experience, recommendations, and interview scores. After reviewing the pool of applicants, the doctoral admissions committee will recommend the top candidates for the on-campus interview process. Applicants invited for the interview will be given specific guidelines for the process, which will include an interview with the doctoral admissions committee and an on-site writing proficiency assessment. All qualified doctoral students are admitted under regular admission to the program.

Degree Requirements

The program requires completion of a minimum of sixty-nine hours of graduate credit, as prescribed in the plan below. A comprehensive examination will be taken during the sixth semester of coursework. Students must be enrolled during the semester the comprehensive examination is taken.

After admission to candidacy, students and their dissertation chair will jointly select their doctoral dissertation committee. Once students reach the dissertation phase of their doctoral program, they must have continuous enrollment every semester until graduation.

PhD in Counselor Education
Specified Courses
COUN 7110Doctoral Seminar (taken three times)3
COUN 7331Advanced Counseling Theories3
COUN 7332Adv Counseling Appraisal Techn3
COUN 7334Theories Of Counselor Supervsn3
COUN 7335Practice Of Counselor Supervsn3
COUN 7337Adv Counslng Practicum & Techn3
COUN 7362Methods Of Counseling Resrch3
COUN 7363Application of Coun Research3
COUN 7372Qualitative Methodology3
COUN 7373Stat Methds-Counslr Edu Rsrch3
COUN 7374Multivariate Mthd-Cnslr Edu Rs3
Select one of the following specializations:27
School Counseling:
Doctoral Internshp In Counslng (taken 2 times)
Doctoral Seminar (taken three times)
Select four graduate courses in COUN
Select two graduate courses outside COUN
Counselor Education:
College Teaching In Counseling
Doctoral Internshp In Counslng (taken 2 times)
Doctoral Seminar (taken three times)
Select four graduate courses in COUN
Select two graduate courses outside COUN
COUN 8033Dissertation (taken three times)9
Total Hours69