Doctor of Philosophy

PHD - Program Requirements

Jeffrey J. Crane, Ph.D., Dean, School of Professional Counseling

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 223

(270) 384-8160


Patrick Hardesty., Ph.D., Director, Counselor Education & Supervision Program

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 228

(270) 384-8121

The counselor education & supervision program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field.


School of Professional Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Professional Counseling (SPC) is to address the diverse academic and community needs of Appalachia and other regions through dedication to academic excellence and professional integrity where students obtain a solid professional knowledge and skills base.


Counselor Education & Supervision Program Mission Statement

The mission of the counselor education & supervision (CES) doctoral program is to prepare students to serve as counselor educators, administrators, supervisors, researchers, advocates, and practitioners in academic and clinical settings.


Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in counselor education & supervision is an innovative, terminal-degree program designed to cultivate the potential within the student for development as an educational, clinical, and administrative professional through creative leadership, applied research, demonstrated pedagogy, and public advocacy. The program operates on a cohort-based model.  


Employment opportunities for graduates from the counselor education & supervision program vary greatly based on the interests and areas of focus for individual graduates. Common roles may include faculty positions in counseling and counselor education training programs, administrative positions in community and government agencies, supervisory roles in various clinical settings, research and assessment positions in higher education and government settings, and leadership roles in community advocacy organizations. Students in the CES program work with their advising committees to identify long-term professional goals and work toward these goals throughout their studies.



The Doctor of Philosophy in counselor education & supervision requires a minimum of 72 credit hours of study, including dissertation research, beyond the 60 graduate credit hours of training in an approved counseling program.


Each year of doctoral study builds on knowledge and competencies from the accumulated expertise gained by the student to that point. Courses will be offered in a sequenced fashion with students taking six to nine hours of coursework per semester offered in five core areas (teaching, counseling, research and scholarship, leadership and advocacy, and supervision and consultation). Students remaining in sequence may complete the program in three to four years.


A.        Core Requirements: 33 hours

  • Foundations of Counselor Education & Supervision (CES 7003) – 3 hours
  • Advanced Counseling Theories (CES 7013) – 3 hours
  • Contemporary Issues in Clinical Practice (CES 7043) – 3 hours
  • Instructional Technology in Counselor Education & Supervision (CES 7113) – 3 hours
  • Course Development & Assessment (CES 7123) – 3 hours
  • Instructional Strategies & Course Management (CES 7133) – 3 hours
  • Grant Writing & Fiscal Management in Mental Health Programs (CES 7233) – 3 hours
  • Leadership in Action: Advocacy & Organizational Administration (CES 7243) – 3 hours
  • Clinical Supervision & Consultation (CES 7313) – 3 hours
  • Leadership & Administration in Counselor Education (CES 7323) – 3 hours
  • Research, Program Evaluation & Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education (CES 7333) – 3 hours


B.        Practicum and Internship: 12 hours

  • Advanced Practicum: 150 hours (CES 8003) is a prerequisite for CES 8010 – 3 hours
  • Internship: 70-210 hours (CES 8010) – 1-3 hours (minimum of 9 hours required)

Note:        Students will complete a minimum of nine credit hours of doctoral internship throughout the program. Students may start CES 8010 (Internship) after they complete CES 8003 (Advanced Practicum). It is recommended that they complete CES 8010 before they begin the dissertation process. Students may choose to take either one, two, or three credit hours of internship each semester. One credit hour of internship equates to 70 clock hours of supervised experience in counseling, teaching, clinical supervision, research, and/or leadership and advocacy. At some point during their internship experience, students must participate in at least three of these five areas.


C.        Research Requirements: 27 hours

  • Dissertation Hours (CES 9003) – 3 hours
  • Professional Writing, Publication & Presentations in Counselor Education (CES 9013) – 3 hours
  • Research Design & Project Development (CES 9023) – 3 hours
  • Psychometric Theory & Measurement Design (CES 9033) – 3 hours
  • Qualitative Method & Design (CES 9053) – 3 hours
  • Analysis of Variance Methods (CES 9073) – 3 hours
  • Regression Methods (CES 9083) – 3 hours

Note:        A minimum of nine dissertation hours is required; therefore, CES 9003 must be taken three times. CES 9003 may not be taken until the comprehensive exams are successfully completed.


TOTAL HOURS: 72 credit hours


Exit Assessment

The doctoral program has the same academic policies and standards as the undergraduate and M.Ed. programs except where specifically stated. Consistent with the college’s Doctoral Matriculation Deadline policy, all course requirements leading to and including comprehensive exams must be successfully completed within five years of starting doctoral studies at Lindsey Wilson College. All remaining program requirements and dissertation must be completed within four years of comprehensive exams. Time elapsed during a Leave of Absence does not count toward these deadlines. Students may request deadline extensions, granted at the discretion of the doctoral program 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 one C;
  • Completion of an Application for Graduation form 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 Counselor Education & Supervision Student Handbook:
  • Annual Student Reviews
  • Written comprehensive exam;
  • Oral comprehensive exam (if required);
  • Dissertation proposal; and
  • Defense of the dissertation.



Program Application Procedure

Applicants to the counselor education & supervision program will need to:

  1. Submit official graduate transcripts from all programs attended.
  2. Have earned a master’s degree in counseling or a related profession; graduates from CACREP accredited programs are preferred. Students admitted to the CES program with fewer than 48 semester hours of graduate credit and/or from a non-CACREP accredited program may be required to take additional hours to fulfill admission requirements as determined by a transcript review.
  3. Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Revised General Test.
  4. Provide three professional letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s competence to complete doctoral work based on academic background, work history, personality, and ethical behavior. (Please contact the Graduate Office for more information.)
  5. Submit a current vita documenting the applicant’s professional preparation and experience.
  6. Complete the Graduate School Application for Admission form, which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00.
  7. Interview successfully as requested with the CES Admissions Committee. Interviewees may also be asked to submit on-site written answers to some selected questions.


At the conclusion of the interview process, the CES Admissions Committee will decide the status of each applicant. The following outcomes may occur:

  • Admission – Applicants with Admission status are accepted into the program for the fall cohort. Students with Admission status who are unable to start with the fall cohort will need to re-apply or request a Deferred Admission status from the CES Admissions Committee.
  • Deferred Admission – Applicants with Deferred Admission status will be accepted into the program upon successful completion of criteria outlined by the CES Admissions Committee. These criteria often involve completion of supplemental coursework or licensure requirements.
  • Wait List – Applicants with Wait List status may be moved to Admission status if a currently admitted student withdraws his or her Admission status.
  • Not Accepted – Applicants with Not Accepted status may re-apply in the future.


Transfer of Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from another university with U.S. Department of Education recognized institutional accreditation if the courses are taken as part of a CACREP accredited doctoral program and the courses meet the curricular requirements of the Lindsey Wilson College CES program. Dissertation credits cannot be transferred.


Eligibility for transfer will be determined by the CES program director in consultation with CES program faculty. Eligibility will be determined based on coursework comparability via a transcript review. Students may be required to present further evidence of eligibility, such as copies of course syllabi, to support their requests. The CES program director will notify students in writing regarding transfer eligibility decisions and will notify the Registrar’s Office in cases where transfer credits are approved. Faculty advisors will work with students on developing updated plans of study in cases where transfer credits are approved.


International Students

International students applying to a graduate program must provide proof of English proficiency based on:

  • TOEFL minimum score:
  • Internet-based (iBT): 79 composite with 21 writing and 19 reading,
  • Paper-based: 550, or
  • Revised Paper-delivered: 21 writing and 19 reading;
  • IELTS minimum composite score of 6.5;
  • Duolingo 100;
  • English is the student’s native language; or
  • Student completed undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. institution.



The CES graduate assistant (GA) placement is designed as a learning milieu for the graduate student while assisting faculty in providing a comprehensive program with academic integrity. Each assistantship requires up to 10 hours per week. Contact the director of the counselor education & supervision program for more information.


The duties of the CES GA will vary based on institutional and program needs, as well as the specific abilities of the GA.


CES Graduate Assistantship Application

  1. Complete a Graduate Assistant Application. All application materials should be submitted to the director of the counselor education & supervision program as early as possible.
  2. All eligible applicants will be invited for an interview. Several faculty and staff are invited to attend as an interview team, including the director of the CES program, CES faculty, and other individuals associated with the CES GA position being filled, to illustrate the collaborative process by which GAs are selected.
  3. After applicants have been interviewed, the interview team will select a candidate and notify the director of the CES program by submitting the selected candidate’s Graduate Assistant Application, Graduate Assistant Agreement, Graduate Assistant Position Description, and background check form.
  4. The director of the CES program will work on finalizing the CES graduate assistant position description with the supervisor identified by the selection committee.
  5. The director of the CES program will inform all applicants of the decision.
  6. The CES graduate assistant’s supervisor will orient the GA to his/her new position.
  7. An unsuccessful candidate for a CES Graduate Assistantship may apply for consideration for other positions available.