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PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision could give professionals the opportunity to advance their careers and become counselors in a supervisory or teaching role. Discover more about the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Professionals who have an interest in teaching counselors at the master's level might want to consider this degree program. The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision has no specific prerequisite courses for admission. However, GCU's doctoral admission requirements state that students must have already earned a master's degree or PhD with a minimum grade point average from an accredited school. Program requirements are subject to change; contact Grand Canyon University for the most up-to-date info.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Doctor Of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision could give graduates the opportunity to teach and supervise master's degree students who are primarily counseling professionals. Students might learn about advanced counseling theories, ethics, and cultural diversity. Compassion may be emphasized, along with counseling from a Christian viewpoint. Applicants can hope to gain a better understanding of leadership, social justice, advanced family dynamics, and models of supervision. This program also includes a practicum, real-world internships, and a dissertation.

Learning Format:

Online and Evening

Program Length:

62 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision encompasses a total of 62 credits spread across a range of disciplines. Courses are typically eight weeks, though a few -- including the practicum and internships -- are longer. Several residency experiences are also required. Degree plans and course requirements could vary; contact GCU to hear about the latest changes.

Core Courses (62 credits)

  • Introduction to Advanced Graduate Studies and Scholarship
  • Ethics, Laws, and Multicultural Issues
  • Pedagogy of Counselor Education and Models of Supervision
  • Theories of Inquiry
  • Leadership and Social Justice
  • Special Topics in Counseling Education and Supervision
  • Residency: Dissertation
  • Statistics
  • Integrated Models of Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Advanced Integrated Theories and Practices
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Residency: Presentation of Progress or Results
  • Advanced Family Dynamics and Systems
  • Advanced Group Dynamics and Processes
  • Counselor Education and Supervision Practicum
  • Counselor Education and Supervision Internship I
  • Counselor Education and Supervision Internship 2
  • Developing the Research Proposal
  • Dissertation I
  • Dissertation II
  • Dissertation III

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

With the client-centered approach of this PhD program, graduates may be able to advance their careers in a variety of ways. Some of these options include:

  • Behavior support specialist (BSS)
  • Correctional counselor
  • Mental health therapist
  • Advanced clinician
  • Faculty member in academia

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