What is Counselor Education & Supervision?

Counselor Education and Supervision is a doctoral level specialty area within the counseling profession accredited since 1989 by the Council on Accrediation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Counselor Educators are tied together through standards and ethical codes of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) a division of the American Counseling Association.

Mission Statement and Purpose

This program accepts as a primary obligation extending the knowledge base of the counseling profession in a climate of scholarly inquiry. This program prepares students to generate new knowledge for the counseling profession through research that results in dissertations that are appropriate to the field of counselor education and supervision. This extension of knowledge should take into account the societal changes of the 21st century and prepare graduates to be leaders and advocates for change. Students admitted to the doctoral program must have completed studies that meet CACREP entry-level standards and provide evidence of a knowledge base of a professional counselor.

The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares students with knowledge and skills basic to counseling and related behavioral studies. Students are prepared to be counselor educators, counselor supervisors, advanced counseling practitioners, researchers and/or evaluators and leaders in academic and clinical settings. There are optional emphases in in gifted education, school counseling, and professional leadership.

Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. graduates are trained counselors and supervisors who can provide a number of professional services such as:

  1. Supervising counselors.
  2. Designing, implementing, and evaluating counseling interventions with individuals and groups.
  3. Teaching in colleges or universities as experts in human relations skills and affective education in K-12 settings and community service settings.
  4. Providing consultation services.
  5. Assisting with program development in both educational and community service settings.
  6. Conducting program evaluations.
  7. Conducting research

Graduates would qualify for faculty or clinical positions in programs with titles such as "Counselor Education," "Counselor Education & Supervision," "Counseling and Human Development," "Human Resources/Services," and related titles.