Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision is a 48-plus semester credit program. The primary focus of counselor education is the training and preparation of multiculturally competent professional counselors; this includes recruiting and training the future generations of academic professionals who will teach the curriculum of counseling theory and practice.

Embedded in the curriculum are counseling practicum and internship. The practicum experience includes a rotation of on-call crisis work on the Mount Mary campus, individual counseling, and group counseling. Internship experiences include supervision and teaching, and are spread out over the course of the first two years of the program.

Curriculum Overview

The Counselor Education & Supervision program, which has an evidence-based research component, will prepare counselor educators, supervisors, and advanced counseling practice in multicultural settings, while developing a strong counselor identity, advocacy and leadership skills, integrity and a deep sense of social justice.

Courses include:

  • Supervision in Counselor Education
  • Instructional Strategies in Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Advanced Multicultural & Social Justice Counseling and Supervision
  • Advanced Multicultural & Social Justice in Teaching, Leadership, and Research
  • Advanced Statistics in Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Design
  • Applied Quantitative Analysis
  • Applied Qualitative Analysis, Research Methods and Design
  • Advanced Counseling Theories
  • Counselor Education, Leadership, and Advocacy
  • Advanced Counseling Practicum
  • Internship in Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Dissertation


Advanced Counseling Practicum is a 3-credit course that requires 100 hours of clinical experience paired with both individual/triadic and group supervision. This course provides students with the opportunity to re-evaluate their personal theory of counseling and expand upon the skills they have developed in the field. It offers the professional counselor and counselor educator an opportunity to deconstruct what works well, develop more advanced skills, and acquire a deeper understanding of applying theory to practice. 

Students enroll in Advanced Counseling Practicum their first fall semester and function as a clinical staff member at the Mount Mary Counseling Center. The course requires experiences in individual and group counseling along with on-call crisis counseling for the Mount Mary University campus. Ph.D. students will work in tandem as on-call crisis counselors in weekly rotations. The on-call experience is also a required component of subsequent internship courses through supervision responsibilities with master’s students during the first spring and summer semesters of enrollment in the doctoral program. 


Internship in Counselor Education & Supervision is designed to give students an opportunity to reflect, observe, and practice the art and science of becoming a counselor educator by participating in hands-on, field-based internship experiences. Activities in internship should reflect the five CACREP core competencies for the doctorate, with training in supervision, teaching, counseling, research, and leadership development. The knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire also center on the same five CACREP core competencies described above.

All CES doctoral students are required to complete six credits of internship and a minimum of 600 hours. Students will enroll in internship for 1-2 credits per semester starting their second semester. Internship consists of supervising master’s level students’ clinical training, on-call crisis counseling for the Mount Mary campus, and co-teaching or independently teach master’s level courses.


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