Ohio University

Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision

Program Code: PH6265

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Doctoral study in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) at Ohio University is designed to provide advanced 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.

Doctoral students at Ohio University earn a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education. The first Ph.D. degree from the Ohio University counselor education program was granted in 1962 and the CES program was one of the first accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 1986. 

Program Overview and Information

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 designed to develop leaders in the field of counseling with a counseling professional identity.

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. Generally, core program courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, with an opportunity for additional summer courses.

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

Students admitted to the Doctoral program possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related field. Prospective students  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 core counseling areas for entry-level counselors and meet requirements for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) specialty to be license-eligible as an Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Doctoral students who have not met core counseling and/or CMHC requirements are required to complete requisite coursework in addition to their doctoral studies.

counseling students and alumni at rehabilitation conference

Program Outcomes

Doctoral graduates from this program typically become: (1) college and university counselor education faculty members in academia; (2) counselors, administrators, consultants, and trainers in mental health settings; or (3) practitioners in private practice. Prospective students can learn more about counselor education and supervision by visiting the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) website. 

The CES program at Ohio University is CACREP-accredited through October 31, 2024. From December 2018 to August 2019, the CES program had a 95% program completion rate of 5 graduates and a 100% job placement rate.

Admissions Process

Approximately 6-10 doctoral students are admitted to the Counselor Education program annually. Review of applications begins on January 15th for the Fall admission term. Prospective students can apply by selecting the following program code: PH6265.

  • Applications will be reviewed by faculty immediately following January 15th
  • Applicants who are short-listed by faculty will be invited for an on-campus group interview. 
  • Following the interview, the faculty will submit admissions recommendations to the Graduate College. 
  • Official notices of admission are sent via email from the Graduate College. Applicants must respond in a timely manner and inform the Graduate College whether or not they accept the offer of admission. 
  • Students who accept an offer of admission and then change their minds about attending must inform the Program Coordinator and Graduate College immediately. 
  • Accepted students will receive communication from the program coordinator about their assigned faculty advisor, orientation, and course registration.

Prospective students interested in applying after the January 15th application date must contact the Program Coordinator directly. Applications will only be considered if all positions have not been filled. Students are admitted for the Fall semester each year, and may begin taking elective coursework in the preceding Summer session. 

Admission Application Requirements

  • Academic indicators:
    • Transcripts showing a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely-related field with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores demonstrating scores of 300 (verbal + quantitative).
    • Applicants that do not meet the above criteria may still apply, but should address past academic performance and aptitude for doctoral study in the Personal Statement. The review committee will consider additional information as described by the applicant and references on an individual basis.  
  • Résumé/CV highlighting professional experience of a nature and extent appropriate to doctoral study in Counselor Education. Include information on counseling, teaching, research, writing, and participation in professional organizations.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by current or former professors or supervisors, or others in the field who can address the applicant’s suitability for doctoral-level work in Counselor Education and Supervision.
    • Note that letters of recommendation are submitted online to the Graduate College by the authors of the letters. If references prefer to submit hard copies, please contact the Graduate College for submission procedures. Program faculty may contact references for further information.
  • Personal Statement of approximately 8 double-spaced typed pages addressing the following:
    • What are your career goals?
    • What qualities and skills do you possess that you believe enable you to become an effective counselor educator?
    • Describe your personal characteristics that will be assets and challenges to your study in counselor education?
    • Doctoral students typically work as supervisors and co-instructors. Describe how you will work with faculty and students in these roles.
    • How will you manage your personal and professional boundaries through a demanding doctoral program?
    • Describe your culturally relevant interpersonal experiences with individuals or groups who differ from you (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, age, spiritual beliefs, ability).
    • What distinguishes you from other candidates for the counselor education program?
    • Describe anything else you would like the program faculty to consider with your application.

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For more information, contact:

Yegan Pillay, PhD, LPCC-S
Associate Professor
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 432M