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Program Requirements

Graduation Requirements

The doctoral program has the same academic policies and standards as the undergraduate and M.Ed. programs except where specifically stated. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of initial acceptance into the program. Students taking longer than seven years to complete the program must secure special permission from the CES director.

Graduation from the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor & Education Supervision degree program requires:

  • Completion of all required coursework with a cumulative quality point average of 3.00 or higher and no more than 1 C;
  • Completion of an Application for Graduation from with the Registrar's office following the specific guidelines set forth in this catalog;
  • Recommendation of the CES faculty; and
  • Completion of the following items as outlined in the CES Student Handbook:
    • Annual Student Reviews;
    • Written comprehensive exam;
    • Oral comprehensive exam;
    • Dissertation proposal; and
    • Defense of the dissertation.

Additional details of academic program requirements are outlined below and in the CES Student Handbook.

Program Curriculum

The CES program is comprised of three components: core courses, field experiences, and research courses. Coursework requirements in all areas must be satisfied with no less than a 'C' in each course. No more than two 'C's' are permitted during the course of study.

Course Name Credits
I. Core  
CES 7013 Advanced Counseling Theories 3
CES 7023 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 3
CES 7113 Instructional Technology in Counselor Education and Supervision 3
CES 7123 Course Development and Assessment 3
CES 7133 Instructional Strategies and Course Management 3
CES 7213 Administration and Management of Mental Health Programs 3
CES 7223 Leadership and Professional Advocacy Action Planning in Counseling 3
CES 7233 Grant Writing 3
CES 7313 Clinical Supervision and Consultation 3
CES 7323 Leadership and Administration in Counselor Education 3
CES 7333 Research, Program Evaluation, and Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education 3
II. Practicum & Internship
CES 8003 Advanced Practicum 3
CES 8013 Internship (3 credits each section) 9
III. Research
CES 9003 Dissertation Hours (3 credits each section) 9
CES 9013 Professional Writing, Publication, and Presentations in Counselor Education 3
CES 9023 Research Design and Project Development 3
CES 9033 Psychometric Theory and Measurement Design 3
CES 9043 Quantitative Method and Multivariate Analysis 3
CES 9053 Qualitative Method and Design 3
CES 9063 Analysis, Interpretation, and Presentation of Data 3
Total Credits 72

Field Experiences

Field experiences take the form of a 3 credit practicum experience followed by three 3 credit internship placements. The practicum experience is clinically-based and provides a setting wherein students can practice these skills. During the course of the three internship experience, students must focus on skill building in 3 of the 5 doctoral core areas (Counseling, Teaching, Supervision, Research and Scholarship, and Leadership and Advocacy). Field experience placements are developed by the student, in concert with his or her advising committee. 

Comprehensive Exam 

The comprehensive examination is another method for evaluating students' academic knowledge at the end of their academic program.  The comprehensive examinations (written and oral) are critical components of students' academic evaluation.

Written Comprehensive Examinations: The CES written comprehensive exam assesses students' knowledge in each of the core areas of the doctoral student learning outcomes including:

  •  integrate ethically and culturally relevant diagnostic and assessment practices in clinical settings
  • engage in scholarship to generate knowledge and effect evidence-based change
  • demonstrate leadership, advocacy, administrative, and supervisory competencies relevant to the counseling profession
  • incorporate pedagogy, technology, and research as essential tools in counselor education

Each written comprehensive examination is graded by multiple doctoral faculty. 

Oral Comprehensive Examinations: In addition to the written comprehensive examination, the oral comprehensive examination also serves to assess students' academic competence in the areas listed above.  The faculty who comprise the student's doctoral committee evaluate students; therefore, the student's academic competence is evaluated by a minimum of three doctoral faculty members.


The dissertation process will consist of the successful completion of at least 9 dissertation hours, a defended proposal and a dissertation defense, all approved by the assigned dissertation committee.

Proposal Defense: The dissertation proposal will be presented to the doctoral student's dissertation committee comprised of at least 3 doctoral faculty members. A copy of the proposal will be made available to each committee member at least 30 days prior to the date of the defense. 

Dissertation Defense: The completed dissertation will be presented to the doctoral student's dissertation committee comprised of at least 3 doctoral faculty members. A copy of the dissertation will be made available to each committee member at least 30 days prior to the date of the defense. 

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