3 Reasons to Earn a PhD in Counselor Education - Supervision

By Lily Cooper

PhD students and counseling discuss courses

Do you want to provide supervision to other clinicians and train to become a counseling professor? If the answer is yes, then consider Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision. The goal of this program is to prepare current counselors to become counselor educators, advanced practitioners and clinical supervisors. Learn about the benefits of earning this PhD and the impact this degree could have on your career:

Increase Your Career Opportunities

Earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision can help you advance your career in ways you may not have been to before. Whether you are interested in pursuing a position in higher education or becoming a clinical supervisor, you will have many opportunities. Some careers to consider include:

  • Educator in higher education
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Counseling practitioner
  • Researcher
  • Leader and advocate in the field of counseling
  • Faculty member
  • Advanced clinician
  • Directors of school guidance
  • Directors of counseling agency

Potentially Earn a Higher Salary

Depending on what career you choose to pursue upon graduation, you may have an opportunity to earn a higher salary. For example, according to PayScale.com, licensed professional counselors earn a median salary of about $45,056 per year, while counselor supervisors earn a median salary of $55,286 per year. An article published in Counseling Today stated that counselor educators earned an average salary of $66,405 in 2014.

Gain More Knowledge in Your Field

GCU’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program offers learners a rigorous curriculum designed to hone their skills in counseling knowledge through didactic and experimental training in research, scholarship, leadership and advocacy in and out of the classroom. Learn how to practice a client-centered approach, align treatment to the client’s goals for therapy and guide master’s-level counselors within a supervisory role. The counselor supervision program emphasizes the importance of understanding, lending compassion and avoiding any actions that can harm the client.

Ready to learn more about GCU’s online PhD programs? Visit our website or contact us today using the Request More Information button on this page.

Written by Lily Cooper, a professional writing major at GCU.


  • Bray, Bethany. “ACA’s first counselor compensation study reports varied pay, good benefits.” Counseling Today. Retrieved from: ct.counseling.org/2014/09/acas-first-counselor-compensation-study-reports-varied-pay-good-benefits/
  • “Licensed Professional Counselor Salary.” PayScale.com Retrieved from: payscale.com/research/US/Job=Licensed_Professional_Counselor/Salary
  • “Counseling Supervisor Salary.” PayScale.com. Retrieved from: payscale.com/research/US/Job=Counseling_Supervisor/Salary

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