Counseling Education and Supervision, Ed.D

The Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program (CES Ed.D) meets a national need for CACREP-accredited doctoral programs in counselor education and supervision, and at the same time the CES Ed.D will also serve a specific need for such programs in the New England region. This program is designed to produce scholars and leaders who are prepared to train and provide clinical supervision to counselors who will address the unique needs of the populations served in New England.

The doctorate in counselor education and supervision offers three tracks: counselor education, clinical counseling and supervision, and leadership and management. Within each of the three available tracks, candidates have opportunities for teaching, research, leadership, advocacy, supervision, as well as advanced counseling skill development. The program is both trauma-informed and infused with social justice applications so that graduates will enter the field prepared to address the needs of underrepresented and underserved individuals and members of groups at risk for marginalization and disenfranchisement.

The CES Ed.D program is aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) requirements and as per CACREP's procedures, the program will be evaluated for accreditation by the CACREP site team in 2022. The plan of study follows a hybrid model. Courses are offered in various formats, including online and on-ground classes. This program is created for working professionals with courses held in evenings and on weekends and can be completed in three years.

Admission Criteria 

  1. Applicants must have a master’s degree in counseling, preferably from a CACREP- accredited program (or demonstrate through file review that the program from which they earned their master’s degree meets CACREP standards). Candidates holding a master’s degree from a non-CACREP program may apply.

  2. Note: Submission of syllabus may be necessary for review of accreditation requirements.

  3. Preferred candidates will have 2 years field experience and hold licensure (LPC), provisional licensure, and/or a school counseling certificate.  

  4. 2-4 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) essay speaking to the following areas:

    • reasons for pursuing a doctorate in CES;

    • career history and goals;

    • areas of experience/interest in terms of population, modalities, teaching/supervision/research/leadership;

    • the role that social justice has played for the applicant in their drive to pursue a doctorate in CES.

  5. Cumulative Undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or above. Graduate GPA must be 3.5 or above. For select candidates, a GPA waiver can be requested.

  6. A select group of applicants will be offered the opportunity to participate in an admission interview. Components of the admissions interview include: 

    • Individual interview with faculty 

    • Group interview with current students

    • Group-processing vignettes with other applicants

    • 15-minute mock counseling session with one of our current students

Application Deadline

 December 28 for summer admission. For further information: CounselingEDDgrad@southernct.edu