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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Counselor Education - PHD

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Degree Title: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Name and Number: Counselor Education and Supervision - PH6265

Department/Unit: Department of Counseling and Higher Education

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus with an annual fall intake.

Program Mission: The mission of the PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision is to provide advanced level preparation for individuals to become counselor education professionals in colleges and universities, as well as to become advanced counseling practitioners and leaders in public and private educational, human services, rehabilitation, and mental health settings.

Program Learning Objectives: Successful completion of the PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares students to:

  1. Extend the knowledge base of the counseling profession in a climate of scholarly inquiry.
  2. Support faculty and students in publishing and/or presenting the results of scholarly inquiry.
  3. Contribute to the conversations that inform professional practice by generating new knowledge for the profession through dissertation research focusing on areas relevant to counseling practice, counselor education, and/or supervision.
  4. Assume positions of leadership in the profession and/or their area(s) of specialization.
  5. Carry out the roles of counselor educators and supervisors.
  6. Develop knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners.

Program Overview: Doctoral study in Counselor Education & Supervision at Ohio University is designed to provide advanced level preparation for counselors in various public and private human services and mental health settings as well as prepare individuals to be counselor education professionals in colleges and universities. Preparing counselors to work in these positions is our highest priority. The program admits 6-8 students yearly for study toward the Ph.D. degree. Students typically already possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related degree. They wish to improve their scholarly, instructional, clinical, and research skills and to acquire advanced training and professional development. The doctoral program is based on the philosophy that each student enters with unique strengths and abilities and individual professional career goals; therefore, beyond the required courses, each student is expected to build a program based upon prior academic preparation, previous work experience, and future career expectations. The program is planned to help develop leaders in the field of counseling, and the goal is to train people who desire to have the professional identity of a counselor.

Opportunities for Graduates: Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions as assistant professors or lecturers in Counselor Education master’s and doctoral programs nationally and internationally. Graduates are prepared to work in counseling and leadership positions in educational, rehabilitation, services and mental health settings.

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Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 semester hours required
  • Practicum of 100 clock hours and Internship of 600 clock hours to be completed in an appropriate setting with appropriate supervision.  
  • Comprehensive examination (usually completed during year 2 of full-time study)
  • Dissertation
  • Expected time to degree if studying fulltime is 8-10 semesters.

Admission Requirements: Applicants for the PhD Program in Counselor Education and Supervision must apply online to Ohio University’s Graduate College

The following materials are required for consideration:

  • Score of 300 (verbal + quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • TOEFL of 80+ or an IELTS of 6.5 for non-native English speakers 
  • Transcripts showing a master’s degree in Counseling or a closely-related field with a GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Resumé highlighting professional experience of a nature and extent appropriate to doctoral study in Counselor Education. Include information on counseling, research, writing, participation in professional organizations.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation written by current or former professors or supervisors, or others in the field who can address the applicant’s suitability for advanced level work in Counselor Education and Supervision
    • Note that letters of recommendation must be submitted online by the authors of the letters. However if references prefer to submit hard copies please contact Graduate College to check on how to submit hard copies. Program faculty may contact your references for further information.
  • Personal Statement of approximately 10 double-spaced typed pages from the applicant addressing specific questions including:
    • What are your career goals? What experiences and/or persons in your life have influenced your career goals?
    • What experiences have you had that you believe would help you be successful in a doctoral program in counselor education?
    • Describe your personal characteristics that will be assets and challenges to your study in counselor education. What qualities do you possess that you think would enable you to become an effective advanced level practitioner/supervisor or counselor educator?
    • Describe your culturally relevant interpersonal experiences with individuals or groups who are different from you (race, gender, age, disability status, etc.).
    • How do you or would you manage your personal and professional boundaries through a demanding program?
    • What would distinguish you from other candidates for the counselor education program? 

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