PhD Counselor Ed Program Overview | Department of CQMSE | SIU

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PhD Counselor Ed Program Overview | Department of CQMSE | SIU

Program Overview

The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education is designed for the preparation of flexible, dynamic, multiculturally competent, ethical, clinically skilled, and knowledgeable professionals for positions as counselor educators in university settings; as clinicians and/or counselor supervisors in schools and community settings; and/or directors of community agency settings. Doctoral students are exposed immediately to supervised teaching and graduate with extensive teaching experience in the core counseling courses as well as courses specific to the student’s concentration (e.g. clinical mental health; marital, couple, family; school; substance abuse).

Students are expected and encouraged to develop competencies for leadership and instructional roles in counselor education and supervision, advanced counseling practice, and research. Faculty in the program recognize the uniqueness of human beings and are dedicated to helping students obtain knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to facilitate development and evolve each students’ skills as a counselor, educator, and supervisor. Accreditation The doctoral program in Counselor Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCACSS).


Applicants for the Doctoral program are expected to have as a foundation an earned master’s degree from a CACREP accredited program before they begin the doctoral curriculum.  For those applicants whose master’s degree was received from a non-CACREP accredited master’s program in counseling or a related profession, the faculty will review their transcripts as soon as their applications are completed.  The faculty review will examine course similarities to determine if there are courses that will have provided the same or equivalent foundation as found in a CACREP accredited master’s program.  Students may be asked to provide course syllabi for that review.  For some students, the faculty will require them to enroll and successfully complete master’s level courses and practicum (at SIU Carbondale).   Students will be required to complete some or all of the master’s level foundational courses or practicum or both before they can begin the doctoral curriculum.

Application to the Counselor Education program requires submission of the following:

  1. Application for Admission to Graduate Study
  2. Doctoral Application Form
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results
  4. Official transcripts from all universities attended
  5. A minimum of three letters of recommendation
  6. A 5-page, double-spaced essay which addresses the applicant's career goals and views on personal and professional growth
  7. A copy of the applicant's thesis, research paper, or final project
  8. Application fee as stated on the Graduate School website

GRE scores and all transcripts must be submitted directly to the Department. Applicants may not personally submit the GRE score or transcripts.

Applicants interested in applying for fellowships should submit all application materials during the Fall semester in order to be eligible for the fellowship application deadlines in January and February. All applicants to doctoral programs within the department are initially reviewed by a departmental committee. The next stage will involve a personal interview on campus. Notice of acceptance or status as an alternate will be mailed approximately six weeks after the original application deadline. Applicants have 15 days to notify the department of acceptance.