Gain Expertise by Earning a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counseling Degree – Counselor Education and Supervision
The mission of Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is to develop ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors and counselor educators who possess the values, knowledge, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations. Whether your goal is to become an educator, supervisor, clinical practitioner, researcher, scholar, or leader-advocate, this degree is the perfect fit to help you meet your educational goals.
Our PhD in counseling online degree is taught by professionals with real-world experience in clinical and leadership settings. The PhD in Counseling program curriculum builds on your knowledge and expertise to grow critical thinking, leadership, and clinical skills. Whether you are seeking to expand in your current role or explore other areas within the counseling field, our PhD in Counseling online program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and training you need.
Why Choose Liberty’s Doctorate in Counseling?
Liberty University’s CACREP Accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program provides doctoral students with a strong professional identity in the field of counseling and advanced counseling, counselor education, supervision, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy knowledge and skills. This program is designed for those who want to expand their career options through mentoring by experts in the field of counseling and counselor education.
Department faculty possess a passion and experience for doctoral level clinical mental health, career, rehabilitation, school, and family counselors and counselor educators who have a variety of specializations in the field. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program leave prepared to emerge as counseling leaders in college and university counselor education departments, in public, private, and government settings, and in professional counseling organizations and divisions.
What Will you Learn in the Ph.D. in Counseling Online Degree?
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision courses equip students with knowledge and skills in advanced counseling, counselor education, supervision, leadership and advocacy, and research and scholarship. Courses integrate a biblical worldview, while also preparing students to effectively and ethically serve a diverse culture and population. To ensure that students have the experiences needed to advance their career options, the program includes advanced field experiences. These internships enable students to connect with professionals in the field and gain the kind of work experience employers seek.
Students who complete the program leave with a developed portfolio evidencing field experiences as advanced professional counselors, counselor educators in graduate counseling programs, counseling supervisors, and counselor researcher-scholars who have expertise and specializations as the next leaders in the field of counseling.
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Highlights of the Doctorate in Counseling Degree
- The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program is CACREP accredited. Most Counselor Education departments at college and universities require counselor educators to graduate from a CACREP accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program.
- By earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, students will be set apart from others in the field.
- Tuition for our doctoral degrees, including the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision degree, has not increased in four straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
- You can complete this degree in an average of three to four years!
Potential Career Opportunities through Liberty’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program
- College and University Teaching Faculty
- College and University Administrative Positions
- Advanced Professional Counselor
- Administrator in Community, Public, Private, Government, Health-Care, and Educational Settings
- Advanced Researcher and Scholar
The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program is designed for students who wish to become counseling experts, clinical supervisors, leaders, advocates and scholars in the field of counseling.
Ph.D. in Counseling Degree Information and Requirements
The primary aim of our PhD in counseling program is to mentor a diverse body of doctoral students who sense a calling to extend their foundational knowledge on ethical and effective counseling, counselor education, and supervision through the dissemination of research and scholarship. Graduates will be equipped to influence the counseling field in leadership positions within clinical settings, higher education, and counseling associations.
- This program is Intensives-Based, with a three-credit hour practicum, nine credit hour internship, and nine credit hour dissertation.
- Core courses and elective (36 credits) have a one-week intensive portion to ensure that students develop mentoring relationships with faculty and meaningful relationships with peers in the program. These rich and meaningful relationships enable students to grow and flourish as the next leaders in the field.
- This program falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.
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Admission Requirements for Our Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision
A regionally or nationally accredited master’s in counseling or related degree* with a 3.25 or above GPA in all previous conferred graduate coursework is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.
*Please note: This program is a post-licensure track. Students will need to have LPC licensure or be on track to receive LPC licensure in order to graduate from the Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission Application
- Application fee**
- Official college transcripts for all conferred bachelor’s and master’s coursework showing a Master’s in Counseling or related degree*
- Recommender Contact Information for two recommenders (Academic or professional contacts familiar with the student’s training and practice)
- Letter of Intent
- Professional Vita showing professional counseling licensure or 1 year of clinical counseling practice
- Ph.D. Graduate Status Record
- Vignette Response
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Proof of English proficiency
*Students with masters degrees in areas other than counseling will require additional graduate-level prerequisites
**There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.