Ohio University

Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education

Doctoral study in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) at Ohio University (PH6265) is designed to provide advanced preparation for counselors in the areas of counseling, supervision, teaching, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. Graduates of the program 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 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. The CES program is accredited through October 31, 2024.

The program has a history of leadership and advocacy in the counseling field. Our doctoral students and alumni have been recognized for their service and leadership at state, regional, and national levels. We are proud to celebrate current doctoral students: Daniel Amparbeng, a 2019-2020 Ohio Counseling Association Emerging LeaderShekyra DeCree and Gene Dockery, 2020-2021 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leaders, and Maddie Stevens, a 2020-2021 Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Intern. CES alumni, Dr. Bridget Asempapa and Dr. Shih-Hua Chang, were also recently featured in the Patton College of Education Alumni Spotlight.

Students and faculty in the Ohio University Counselor Education program are guided by the American Counseling Association (ACA, 2014) Code of Ethics and are committed to the ethical practice of counseling. In classroom, field work, and extra-curricular activities, we acknowledge and value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our students, faculty, site supervisors, and clients. We believe that an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and advocacy strengthens the learning experiences of all. Please review the Counselor Education program commitment to diversity and inclusion to learn more about our values. 

Program Overview and Information

CES doctoral students seek to improve their scholarly, instructional, clinical, and research skills to acquire advanced training in counselor education. The program is based on the philosophy that each student enters with unique strengths, abilities, and professional goals. Therefore, beyond the required courses, each student is expected to build a program of study based on prior academic preparation, previous work experience, and career goals. 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 comprehensive exam and oral defense, and (f) a doctoral dissertation. Please see the graduate catalog for a full description of program requirements. To learn more about CES, prospective and current students can contact the CES coordinator, Dr. Adrienne Erby (erby@ohio.edu).

Students admitted to the doctoral program possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related field. 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 eligible for licensure as a 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. 

Program Outcomes

Doctoral graduates typically become: (1) 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 and ACES resources for graduate students. From December 2018 to August 2019, the CES program had a 95% completion rate of 5 graduates and a 100% job placement rate. Additional information on accreditation and evaluation for the Ohio University Counselor Education program is available on our website


For more information, contact:

Mona Robinson, PhD, LPCC-S, LSW, CRC
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 432D