The Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program (CES Ed.D) 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 counseling and higher education communities.
The doctorate in counselor education and supervision offers three tracks: counselor education, clinical counseling and supervision, and leadership. 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 decolonization, liberation, and social justice applications so that graduates will enter the field prepared to address the needs of 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 is in the process of evaluation for accreditation by the CACREP. The CES plan of study follows a hybrid model. Courses are offered in various formats, with most including a combination of online and on-ground classes. This program is created for working professionals with courses held in evenings as well as summer sessions and can be completed in three years.
Doctoral students participate in a supervised doctoral-level counseling practicum of a minimum of 150 hours, of which 40 hours must be providing direct counseling services. The nature of doctoral-level practicum experience is to be determined in consultation with counselor education program faculty and/or a doctoral committee. Additionally, doctoral students are required to complete internships that total a minimum of 600 clock hours. The 600 hours must include supervised experiences in at least three of the five doctoral core areas (counseling, teaching, supervision, research and scholarship, leadership and advocacy).
Comprehensive exams as well as a capstone project/dissertation are required for degree completion.
- 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.
- Note: For students coming from programs that are not CACREP-accredited, submission of syllabus may be necessary for review of accreditation requirements.
- Preferred candidates will hold licensure (LPC), provisional licensure (LPCA), and/or a school counseling certificate.
- 750-word essay speaking to the following areas:
- Reasons for pursuing a doctorate in CES;
- Brief career history
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
*Course syllabi are made available to prospective applicants upon request. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.
December 28 for summer admission. For further information: CounselingEDDgrad@southernct.edu