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Mon, January 20, 2020



Welcome to the homepage for the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas at San Antonio! We encourage you to peruse our web site for pertinent programmatic information. We regularly update our web site to include information on policies, standards, important dates to remember, and other essential program resources.  Please consult this web site regularly to access the latest news and information on our program's development and direction.  Feel free to contact us with any questions about admission and program requirement.


The doctoral program is a challenging and enriching educational experience focused on developing students' clinical, supervisory, research, teaching, multicultural, and relational competencies.  The program's mission is focused on diversity, creativity, and relational development and provides many opportunities for students'™ professional development in these areas.  Through didactic coursework and field-based training, students develop their supervisory proficiencies and gain hands on experience teaching graduate level counseling courses.  Supervised clinical courses are designed to critically evaluate counseling theory in light of relational and multicultural principles, while developing students' professional and relational competencies.  The research curriculum is a series of five courses that grounds students in counseling research methodologies and prepares them for their dissertation project.


The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision requires successful completion of 58 semester hours of coursework, a minimum of nine hours of dissertation credit, and successful defense of the dissertation. The Ph.D. program offers full and part time programs.  The full time program can be completed in as little as three years and the part time program can be completed in as little as four years. Please see the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures and polices and the part time and full time course sequences in the Handbook and Resources section of the website.


The doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) for a full 8-year cycle in 2008.  This was a wonderful milestone for our program and The University of Texas at San Antonio – an accomplishment that involved the vision, commitment, and hard work of so many people.  We celebrate our CACREP accreditation with full appreciation for the role that students, former students, site supervisors, faculty, and administrators have played in helping us reach this very important goal.

Departmental Mission

The mission of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Counseling Program is to prepare multiculturally competent professional counselors and counselor educators for south Texas and beyond who demonstrate the necessary counseling knowledge, skills, identity and scholarship, and for those seeking advanced studies, supervision and teaching competencies to enrich the quality of all peoples' lives. The program emphasizes creativity and diversity, as well as developmental and relational processes.

Doctoral Program Goals

We emphasize creativity and diversity while fostering developmental and relational processes through our relationship with the community, other university programs, and students. We strive to prepare you with knowledge and commitment to the ethics of the profession and demonstration of application with multicultural and diverse populations. In accordance with the Program's stated mission our goals include:

1.  Preparing multicultural competent professional counselors and counselor educators;

2.  Actively promoting students' professional counseling identity;

3.  Researching topics of importance related to professional counseling;

4.  Teaching and practicing to the highest standards and expectations;

5.  Serving the profession and providing outreach to the community.

Handbooks and Resources

Included within this web site is information about the program and links to doctoral handbooks. These documents provide an overview of the procedures and structure of the program, guidance for the dissertation process, and information about internships and practica. Please reference these handbooks for the most current information on our program's policies and expectations.

Graduate Catalog Information

Doctoral Program Handbook

Dissertation Manual

Clinical Training Manual for Students, Supervisors, and Site Supervisors

Counselor Education Resources