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Ph.D. Program Overview

Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education

Our priority is to prepare professors. As such, to build their credentials as future professors, all our Ph.D. students will be expected to teach no fewer than two graduate courses in our CACREP accredited master’s program in school counseling. In addition, they will be expected to participate in a bi-weekly repeating doctoral seminar that will include the program’s other Ph.D. students as well as the four full-time faculty. The purpose of the seminar is to engage in various research and writing projects that will hopefully result in published articles and book chapters along with presentations at local, state, regional, national and even international professional conferences.

All Ph.D. students are required to 15 cerdit hours in measurement, research and evaluation. Beyond these core requirements we also have a variety of specialty tracks from which students can choose the one that best meets their professional interests and career goals. These tracks include: (1) social justice and educational equity (2) program evaluation, (3) qualitative and quantitative research methodology, (4) gifted and talented education, (5) positive behavioral supports, (6) primary prevention, and (7) licensure as a professional counselor. We are also exploring a track that will allow interested students to obtain their administrative certification.

Once the doctoral coursework is finished students must complete a comprehensive examination, prepare a dissertation proposal and then conduct, write and defend their dissertation research.

Our application deadline is December 1st for admission in the fall semester. Applicants must: possess at least a master’s degree in counseling or a related field, supply transcripts from both their undergraduate and graduate programs, provide three letters of recommendation, obtain a combined (verbal and quantitative) score of at least 312 on the general graduate records exam (i.e., GRE), and prepare a personal statement. Members of the faculty will also interview finalists. Applicants will be informed of their admission status by January 30th.

For further information interested applicants should contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Rachelle Pérusse at (860) 486–0266 or