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Doctoral Degree - Counselor Education & Supervision

Doctoral study in Counselor Education and Supervision at Ohio University is designed to provide advanced

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preparation for counselors in counseling, supervision, teaching, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy in order to serve as counselor education faculty in colleges and universities and counseling leaders in public and private educational, human services, and mental health settings. The first Ph.D. degree from the counselor education program was granted in 1962.


The doctoral program is based on the philosophy that each student enters with unique strengths and abilities and individual professional career goals; therefore, beyond the required courses, each student is expected to build a program of study based upon prior academic preparation, previous work experience, and future career expectations. The program is planned to help develop leaders in the field of counseling, and the goal is to train people who desire to have the professional identity of a counselor.

All doctoral students complete: (a) core coursework in counselor education and supervision, (b) coursework in quantitative and qualitative research, (c) a 100-hour counseling practicum, (d) a 600-hour internship, (e) a written and oral comprehensive exam, and (f) a doctoral dissertation. 

Program Information

Doctoral Program Requirements
Doctoral Program Handbook
Doctoral Practicum and Internship Manual
Doctoral Comprehensive Examiniation Procedures

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Students admitted to the Doctoral program possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related field. They wish to improve their scholarly, instructional, and clinical and research skills to acquire advanced training and professional development as counselor educators. Doctoral students must have master’s coursework and demonstrated knowledge in the common core counseling areas for entry-level counselors and meet requirements for the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) specialty area to graduate license-eligible as a Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. Doctoral students who have not met core counseling and/or CMHC requirements are required to complete requisite coursework in addition to their doctoral studies. 


Doctoral graduates from this program become (1) college and university counselor education faculty members in higher education; (2) counselors, administrators, consultants, and trainers in mental health settings; or (3) practitioners in private practice.

In Fall 2016, 27 doctoral students were enrolled in the Counselor Education program. The doctoral program has an 80% completion rate for full and part-time students. For the 2015 - 2016 academic year, a total of 3 students graduated from the program. Graduates in the Counselor Education and Supervision program have a 100% job placement rate.


Approximately 6-10 Ph.D. students are admitted to the Counselor Education program annually. Review of applications begins on January 15th for the Fall admission term. Additional information is provided on the program admissions webpage. Prospective students can APPLY NOW through the Graduate College using program code PH6265.

To review the Ph.D. application requirements and admissions information, click HERE.

To review FAQs for Counselor Education Prospective Students, click HERE



CACREP logoThe Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through October 31, 2017. The Counselor Education program at Ohio University is in the process of pursuing re-accreditation under the CACREP (2016) standards. By maintaining CACREP accreditation, the program strives to provide the highest quality of faculty and curriculum standards.


For more information, please contact:

Adrienne Erby, PhD, NCC
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Lecturer and Interim Director of the George E. Hill Center
McCracken Hall 437A