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COEHD Department of Counseling

Counselor Education and Supervision - Ph.D. degree

This program offers you an opportunity for advanced study and professional development in the field of counseling and counselor education. The doctoral program is intended to prepare professionals for future careers in research, academic and clinical 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.   Graduates of this program will be given the opportunity to acquire both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in counselor education programs and to supervise the next generation of counselor educators as they practice their own skills. Students will be expected to formulate their own philosophy and approach to the counseling education field. The need for multicultural competencies in applied clinical settings will be emphasized throughout the program.

Admission Requirements

• A master’s degree in counseling or in a related mental health field requiring a minimum of 48 semester credit hours equivalent to the master’s degree requirements of the UTSA Counseling program and/or Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 

• A minimum GPA of 3.0 in master’s level courses in counseling or in a related mental health field. 

• A portfolio consisting of: 

- A 48-hour master’s degree transcript 

- For applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

- Three letters of recommendation attesting to academic and personal attributes for success in the program and the potential for contributing to the field of study 

- A written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision 

- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores no more than five years old 

- Documented experience in a work environment where counseling was the primary professional emphasis 

- A professional resume listing prior experiences in the field of Counseling. 

Annual deadline to apply is February 1.

Career Opportunities

Individuals who hold a doctoral degree are usually eligible for leadership and research-intensive positions within the city, state and federal agencies. Graduates may obtain positions such as: director of disability services, human resources director/supervisor, senior social worker and tenured professor.

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COEHD Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Culture, Literacy and Language - Ph.D. degree

The Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Culture, Literacy and Language. The program focuses on interdisciplinary research in multicultural-multilingual contexts and is designed to provide a firm foundation in the fields of cultural studies, literacy development, and language learning and use. Successful Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge in culture, literacy, and language, and must deliver an original contribution to the field.

This program is unique in that it brings together anthropologists, educators, linguists, psychologists and sociologists from UTSA’s Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and other departments in the College of Education and Human Development. No other institution currently offers such an academically and administratively cohesive doctoral program that combines Latino education, a variety of cultural and linguistics issues, and international issues. 

As a graduate, you will learn theoretical, conceptual and research methodology used to study culture, literacy and language. You will also be prepared to conduct interdisciplinary research in multicultural-multilingual contexts. 

Admission Requirements 

A master’s degree is required in an area such as: anthropology, applied linguistics, bicultural-bilingual studies, foreign language education, history, international business, linguistics, psychology, sociology or teaching English as a Second Language. Master’s degrees in other fields may be accepted, subject to the approval of the Doctoral Program Committee.

A portfolio consisting of the following items will be evaluated by the Doctoral Program Committee:

• A GPA of 3.5 or better in an approved master’s degree program

• Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score (analytical plus verbal)

• For students whose master degree is from a non-English speaking university, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score 

• Advanced proficiency in a language other than English 

• Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and the potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree 

• A sample of academic writing, such as a paper written for a course, a master’s thesis or a scholarly publication 

• Statement of purpose: A description of research interests, reasons for seeking doctoral study and connections between the candidate’s interests/professional goals and the program in Culture, Literacy and Language. 

• A resume or curriculum vitae

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a wide range of career opportunities within academia, K-12 central office administration/leadership, K-12 research organizations, community college teaching and community development. 

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COEHD Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Educational Leadership - Ed.D. degree

In this doctoral program, you will receive advanced academic training in educational and administrative leadership. An additional emphasis in administrative leadership targets your managerial skills for improving educational effectiveness. 

Upon graduation, you will have an advanced understanding of prevailing theories of education and learning, along with extensive theoretical background and experiences in emerging paradigms of organizational leadership. You will hone your high-level research skills for developing and evaluating educational programs, and develop the skill sets and understanding needed to work with English language learners in a variety of educational settings. 


An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. Fifty-one hours are classes, and the remaining nine hours are dissertation courses: 

• Nine hours of culture 

• 12 hours of methodology 

• 12 to 15 hours of leadership 

• Nine to 12 hours of emphasis (K-12 leadership or higher education administration) 

• Six hours of cognate support 

• Nine hours of dissertation (credit given upon completion and formal approval of thesis) 

Admission Requirements

• Official transcripts from all institutions - A GPA of at least 3.5 from a master’s program and a master’s degree from an accredited institution are required.

• A Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

• Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational environment

• Three letters of recommendation from professionals 

• A statement of purpose outlining:

1) your reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree; 

2) a biographical sketch of your experiences in the field of education; 

3) career plans; 

4) scholarly interests; and 

5) your views on current and future educational reform efforts, along with your role(s) in these efforts.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates have a number of diverse career options such as: assistant principal, principal, assistant and deputy superintendent, curriculum coordinator, university professor, and higher education administration positions in universities and community colleges.

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COEHD Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching - 
Ph.D. degree

The Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (ILT) is a degree program that examines learning and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective; focusing on varied approaches to teaching and learning from within and across various disciplines. The foundations of the program are: how teaching and learning are addressed within disciplines, how they may intersect with one another, and how each discipline maintains its uniqueness while sharing commonalities with other disciplines.

This program prepares you to serve as a leading professional in the field of educational instruction development and presentation. This training helps you examine and research the interdisciplinary issues and perspectives of learning, teaching and curricular development associated with educating culturally and economically diverse populations. 

Program Options 

You are encouraged to weave together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives in order to generate new insights related to learning and teaching. You will complete research methodology coursework and a set of core courses. You will also choose a cognate area that serves as your starting point for formulating research questions related to your area of interest.  The cognate areas include: 

• Curriculum and Instruction 

• Instructional Technology 

• Special Education 

• Early Childhood and Elementary Education 

• Literacy 

• Adult Learning and Teaching 

Career Opportunities

This doctoral degree prepares you to become an instructional leader, researcher or decision-maker who is knowledgeable about cultural, economic and world issues. Potential employers include government and state agencies, educational think tanks, colleges and universities.

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