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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Counselling  |   Doctoral Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is intended to prepare professionals for future careers in academic, clinical, research, and consultation settings. This degree program is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Program graduates will have opportunities to acquire: (a) advanced theoretical knowledge, (b) advanced clinical skills, (c) research skills, and (d) advanced clinical supervision skills necessary to work in academic counselor education departments, and in school and community practice. Multicultural competencies will be emphasized throughout the program.

The doctoral program includes advanced training in:

  •  Research 
  •  Scholarly writing 
  •  Clinical supervision with practicum students 
  •  Supervised co-teaching experiences 
  •  Advanced clinical competencies 
  •  Advanced multicultural competencies

Program Options

Students pursuing the degree will be required to pass a qualifying examination prior to admission and candidacy. All candidates will be required to submit a dissertation as partial fulfillment of the requirements for this Doctorate (see dissertation handbook). All students will be evaluated by the fitness to practice policy of the Department (see doctoral handbook).

Foundation courses (48 semester credit hour or equivalent)  Master's degree coursework

General core courses (37 semester credit hours)

  • COU 6003   Consultation and Program Evaluation
  • COU 6323   Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • COU 7121   College and University Teaching Seminar
  • COU 7133   Seminar in Professional Development
  • COU 7213   Advanced Theories of Counseling
  • COU 7283   Advanced Multicultural Counseling
  • COU 7313   Practicum in Counseling
  • COU 7383   Advanced Practicum in Multicultural Counseling
  • COU 7413   Internship I
  • COU 7513   Internship II
  • COU 7583   Supervision of Counseling
  • COU 7593   Practicum in Counseling Supervision
  • COU 7893   Advanced Research in Counseling and Development

Research courses (12 semester credit hours)

  • COU 6893   Foundations of Research in Counseling and Development
  • COU 7103   Qualitative Research Methods in Counseling and Development
  • EDU 7043   Educational Research Statistics:  Descriptive and Comparative
  • EDU 7063   Inferential Statistics

Approved emphasis curriculum area courses (9 semester credit hours)

Dissertation (9 semester credit hours)

  • COU 7993   Dissertation
  • COU 7996   Dissertation

Career Opportunities

Individuals with this degree are eligible to work as faculty members in counselor education programs and serve in clinical leadership, supervisory, and research-intensive positions within city, state and federal agencies or organizations. Graduates may also obtain positions in college counseling centers, private practices and non-profit social service agencies.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • A master's degree in counseling or approved related mental health field** with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in that master's degree coursework 
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version)
  • Submission of a portfolio for evaluation by the Doctoral Program Committee consisting of the following:

      1. College transcript documenting master's degree and GPA in counseling or approved field**
      2. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student's academic and personal attributes, potential both for success in the program, and contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree  
      3. A written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the degree
      4. For applicants whose native language is not English, proof of TOEFL Score
      5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores (not older than five years)
      6. Documented experience in a work environment (formal positions or internships) where counseling was the primary professional emphasis (may include but not limited to one-on-one counseling, counseling for couples, psychological assessment and testing, group or community counseling)
      7. Professional résumé listing prior experiences in the field of counseling
      8. Successful completion of a finalist interview with the admissions committee

**Requires a minimum of 48 semester credit hours equivalent to the master’s degree requirements of the Counseling program and/or CACREP core course requirements.  

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For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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