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General Counselor Education and Supervision Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

School of Counseling and Human Services

Prepare to Lead, Educate, and Inspire Counselors

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 while building your skills in counseling, teaching, research, leadership, and supervision.

At a Glance

  • GuidedPath
  • Online & In Person
  • 9 Core Courses
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • 3 Residencies
  • Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • Dissertation
  • CACREP Accredited

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PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision Program Highlights

Integrative Doctoral Experience

Your doctoral program is designed to prepare you for success from the beginning, with built-in experiences to help you make progress toward your dissertation.

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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Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision.

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Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment.

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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 General 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, Counselor Education and Supervision

Crystal Neal, PhD, LCPC

Core Faculty, Counselor Education and Supervision

Amie Manis, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Core Faculty, Counselor Education and Supervision

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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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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.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

PhD in Counseling, 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. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Advanced Research in Human Development

Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in adult development and learning with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners study adult development from biological, psychological, social, and multicultural perspectives and apply principles of adult development to professional practice and development. Must be taken during the learner's first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
CES9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): CES8004, CES8110, CES8120, CES8121, CES8122, CES8123, CES8756, CES8760, CES8768, CES8772, CES8776, DRS-R8925, DRS-R8926, DRS-R8927 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
Foundations of Advanced Social Science Research and Design

This course is an introduction to social science research planning and design, particularly in the context of dissertation research in counselor education and supervision. Learners examine the purpose of conducting research as scholar practitioners, become familiar with the literature review and dissertation topic development process, gain an understanding of analyzing and applying existing research when identifying a research problem and selecting a suitable methodology, and develop their basic grant writing skills as part of resource planning for their dissertation. Throughout the course, learners advance their knowledge of traditional and emergent qualitative and quantitative research approaches, ethical and cultural considerations in research, and scholarly communication. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
CES8120 *
Quantitative Methods for Counselor Education Research

Learners in this course examine univariate and multivariate research methods, designs, and statistical procedures used in counselor education and supervision. Topics include formulation of appropriate quantitative research questions, designs and approaches to data analysis, models and methods of instrument selection and design, and program evaluation. Throughout the course learners enhance their research, statistical, and data analysis skills using the latest version of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software. Prerequisite(s): CES8110. 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 assess current topics and political and multicultural issues in counseling, within the context of professional mandates related to cultural competence and the promotion of social justice advocacy. Throughout the course, learners explore 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. Prerequisite(s): CES8768.

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 and Supervision—Career Insights

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, & Social Work

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

Education in the Field: Practica & Internships at Capella

Learning options like practica and internships provide hands-on, in-person experiences to solidify knowledge.

PhD in Counselor Education and 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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based and online college or university
  • College counseling center
  • Community mental health center
  • Family service agency
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency
  • Military
  • Private/group practice
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Prison
  • Hospital

*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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