PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

Prepare to lead, educate, and inspire in the field of counseling

As a counselor, you know how important mentors and positive professional role models can be. Capella University offers groundbreaking online learning combined with in-person experiences that can help you develop your inner mentor and advance as a leader in counseling.

Our CACREP-accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program can assist you as you advance as a leader, educator, and researcher. This program offers you a way to practice real-world application of theories with hands-on experience during your internship and practicum courses. You'll build your skills in counseling, teaching, research, leadership/advocacy, and supervision.

At a Glance

  • GuidedPath
  • Online & in-person
  • 11 courses
  • Practicum
  • Internships
  • Advanced doctoral phase
  • CACREP accredited

Classes Start October 12th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision program highlights

Begin dissertation prep early

Take what you learn and apply it to real-world situations in your practicum and internships.

Professionally credible program

This CACREP-accredited program offers curriculum designed around professional standards for counseling education.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

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Focus on developing advanced counseling skills, research, teaching, supervision, and leadership/advocacy.

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Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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Strategic alignment

Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles, and ethical standards of national, regional, and state professional counseling associations and honor societies.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

Meet your counseling faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. View all core faculty.

Amber Lange, PhD, LPC, CAAC, NCC

Faculty Chair, School of Counseling and Human Services

Crystal Neal, PhD, LCPC

Core Faculty, School of Counseling and Human Services

Amie Manis, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Core Faculty, School of Counseling and Human Services

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$710 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

$5K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision—sample courses

Your work toward completion of this CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision PhD features an in-depth study of doctoral-level instructional delivery in advanced counseling practice/therapy, counseling supervision, teaching, research, leadership, and advocacy.

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Orientation to Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education

This course is designed as an introduction to the profession of counselor education and supervision and to doctoral research and ethics. Learners analyze the dissertation process, procedures, and resources and identify a potential topic appropriate for independent scholarly research in counselor education and supervision.  Must be taken during the learner's first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
CES8776 *
Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling

Learners in this course evaluate leadership and advocacy theories, models, and skills and their applications to the professional identity and practice of counselor educators and supervisors. Learners use a social justice lens to assess current topics and multicultural issues. Throughout the course, learners analyze the field of counselor education and supervision as a whole, leadership and advocacy roles in professional organizations and counseling programs, and ways to foster leadership and advocacy competence among counselor trainees and professional counselors.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
CES8140 *
Research Theory and Philosophy

In this course, learners examine the philosophical assumptions of scholarly research. Learners analyze and synthesize literature as it relates to theoretical frameworks and apply research theory and philosophical assumptions as a foundation for research relevant to the field.  Prerequisite(s): CES8130.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Program Evaluation in Counselor Education and Supervision

Learners in this course apply procedures used to conduct and evaluate counseling programs to build their knowledge of program evaluation models and methods. Learners also examine outcome assessments as tools for evaluation.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Counseling Practice

In this course, learners expand and refine therapeutic skills developed through prior practice and coursework to investigate advanced counseling practice skills.Learners examine the strengths and limitations of various counseling techniques and apply therapeutic models to a variety of contemporary client populations and issues. Learners also conceptualize a clinical case and develop a treatment plan that is consistent with a selected theoretical preference and diverse client needs.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Augment your capacity for teaching and mentoring other counselors. Earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision can help you prepare to lead, teach, and conduct research in this field.

  • Lead and advocate for inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.
  • Evaluate and contribute to current counseling theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Embrace diversity as a core aspect of the counseling profession.
  • Contribute valid, reliable, and ethical research to expand your influence.
  • Adopt critical thinking and writing to counselor education and supervision practice.

PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision—career insights

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, & Social Work

An overview of similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities in these related fields.

PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision—professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Counselor educator
  • Adjunct or part-time counseling faculty
  • Full-time counseling faculty
  • Counselor supervisor

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Inpatient facility
  • Government – local, state, federal
  • Community mental health center
  • Day treatment hospital
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • College counseling center
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency
  • Military
  • Private/group practice

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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