What career opportunities are available for graduates from a Counselor Education & Supervision (CES) doctoral program?

    Graduates from the CES program are qualified to serve as counselor educators, mental health administrators, advanced clinicians, supervisors, and leaders in counseling organizations. Graduation from a CES program is required for individuals seeking core faculty status in CACREP accredited counseling programs.

What kind of degree is Lindsey Wilson College offering in Counselor Education?

    The degree is a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision. All coursework is taken within the Counselor Education & Supervision program.

How long does it take to complete the Counselor Education & Supervision (CES) program?

    The CES is program takes four years to complete, including three years of coursework and one year of internship and dissertation.

How many credits is the CES program?

    The CES program is 72 credit hours.

How are classes delivered?

    Students take 2 classes each semester, year-round (fall, spring and summer). Each class is 16 weeks in length. Students attend class on the Columbia, KY campus one Friday and Saturday each month for a total of 32 in-class contact hours per course. Online learning and distance technology tools are used to bridge each monthly meeting.

What kinds of coursework can students expect?

    Courses are offered in full year tracks. These tracks include:
      Academic Leadership - 4 courses
      • Teaching - 3 Courses
      • Counseling - 3 Courses
      • Mental Health Administration - 3 courses
      • Research* - 5 courses
      • Internship** - 3 courses
      • Dissertation - 3 courses

    *Offered in a two-year sequence.
    ** Internships are tailored toward the professional interests of the student. Possible areas include a combination of clinical, supervision, teaching, research, and advocacy experiences.

    What kinds of mentoring and advising processes are available?

      Each student participates in an advising committee comprised of program faculty and students from each cohort in the program. This allows incoming students to learn from program faculty as well as students who are further along in their studies. From the first semester, students have opportunities to co-author and co-present with program faculty.

    Is the CES program CACREP accredited?

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      Yes, The Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision is CACREP-accredited.

    What are the application requirements?

      Application requirements include:
    • Graduate transcripts
    • A master's degree in counseling or a related discipline
    • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A current vita
    • Submission of an online application and payment of a 35.00 application fee
    • An interview with program faculty

    How do individuals apply to the program?

      Applicants should start the application process by creating an account and completing the online application. Once the application is complete, applicants can submit other required materials to: Graduate Office Attn: Jo Ann Steinhilber 210 Lindsey Wilson Street Columbia, KY 40403

    Can graduates from non-CACREP accredited master's programs apply to the CES program?

      Yes. Individuals from non-CACREP counseling programs may apply. In addition, individuals from counseling-related disciplines (social work, psychology, school counseling, marriage and family, etc...) may apply. Prior to admission to the program, a transcript evaluation is conducted. Applicants missing essential coursework may be required to take additional coursework as part of their plan of study if deficits are identified.

    Is there a dissertation requirement

      Yes. Students gradually identify a research topic, literature review, and research design as part of the research track in the program. This tiered approach supports students in getting to the proposal stage of the dissertation process quickly. Once their comprehensive exams are complete, students schedule a proposal defense and begin data collection, completing the dissertation process in their fourth year of study.

    What kinds of financial assistance is available?

      One graduate assistantship is available for each entering cohort. These assistantships require 10 hours of work per week and provide a 50% tuition waiver.

    How much is tuition?