PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision - Qualitative

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (Qualitative Research)

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

What Is Counselor Education and Supervision?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Grand Canyon University gives learners the theoretical and practical background knowledge to teach counseling students and supervise clinical counselors. Before earning the degree, learners must conduct psychological research to develop and test new ideas and theories. This research ensures that they will be expert practitioners who are fully capable of supporting counseling students and clinical counselors.

During the course of this PhD program, learners will grow in the areas of:

  • Counseling
  • Teaching
  • Counselor supervision
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Scholarship
  • statistics and research

What Is a Qualitative PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision?

Doctoral students pursuing GCU’s qualitative PhD will focus on analyzing how and why people think, believe and behave a certain way, whereas students pursuing GCU’s quantitative PhD will focus on analyzing events by interpreting numeric data. To complete the analysis for a qualitative PhD, students will create a sampling plan, design various research tools, collect data and analyze the data using a systematic approach. Their results will then be presented in a written report.

Learn to Research, Educate and Supervise

This PhD in counselor education program was created by the College of Doctoral Studies as a response to how many master’s level counselors were seeking further education. PhD graduates are needed to teach, mentor and supervise those master’s level students. Graduates of the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision supervise clinical counselors and provide instruction and leadership when necessary.

On the path to supporting other counselors, doctoral learners will improve their own practice and impact the health outcomes of the clients they work with. This learning happens as a result of coursework and research, residency, internship and practicum requirements. The combination of theoretical and hands-on work transitions counselor education PhD students into the next stages of their careers.

The College of Doctoral Studies has outlined the six domains that highlight the goals of the PhD in counselor education coursework.

  • Counseling
    • Examine and integrate ethical and culturally relevant theories of counseling
  • Supervision
    • Develop a legal, ethical and personally-relevant style of clinical supervision
  • Teaching
    • Design, deliver and evaluate counselor education experiences
  • Scholarship and Research
    • Conduct independent research
  • Leadership and Advocacy
    • Lead and advocate based on prevailing social, cultural and political conditions and trends within counseling
  • Special Topics
    • Evaluate the integration of evidence-based treatments relevant to family systems and group dynamics and processes

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Careers

PhD in counselor education graduates have many opportunities to see growth and change in their careers. They may choose to stay in their current practice and apply the research and learning to improve the lives of their clients or choose to advance in a new career such as:

  • Faculty member
  • Advanced clinician
  • Director of school guidance
  • Director of counseling agencies

If you are grateful for the counseling education you received, it is possible to give back. Find out how by learning more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision degree program at GCU.

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TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 65
Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 9 doctoral credits
TUITION RATE:
Online: $702 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
65 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
65 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces doctoral learners to the principle elements of research, scholarly writing, and effective argumentation. Learners are made aware of the dispositions and expectations of doctoral researchers as well as the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to contribute new knowledge to their respective fields of study. Learners begin the process of identifying a researchable dissertation topic and are acquainted with appropriate scholarly resources that support the development of the dissertation.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to the critical reading of scholarly qualitative and quantitative literature at the doctoral level. Learners also explore the concept of synthesizing the scholarly literature to identify problems and problem spaces that emerge to form a researchable topic of study. The application of scholarly argumentation from the extant literature to defend the need for a research study is discussed.

Course Description

Learners in this course explore ethics and morality with targeted focus on the relationship of ethics to morality, values, folkways, norms, cultures, worldview, and theoretical orientation. Learners also explore the differentiation of classroom and advocacy ethics from treatment ethics.

Course Description

In this course, learners employ both traditional and culturally derived theories to explore how their personal worldviews affect and integrate with their theoretical orientations and the manners in which they interact with clientele and structure interventions.

Course Description

This advanced Practicum course provides opportunities for learners to engage in the supervised practical application of previously studied theory. It allows for the demonstration of their counseling/consulting skills under close supervision in a laboratory setting. The nature of the doctoral-level practicum experience is to be determined in consultation with program faculty and/or doctoral committee. Documentation of a minimum requirement of 100 hours of counseling-related activities, which include 40 direct contact hours, is submitted directly to the college’s office of field experience. Practicum/field experience hours: 100. Prerequisites: PCE-801, PCE-802, PCE-803, and PCE-804.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to key components of qualitative and quantitative research designs and the means to critically appraise the application of research designs as observed in the scholarly literature. The University's core research designs are presented. Consideration is given to the initial selection and defense of a research design to address a problem that emerged from the extant literature.

Course Description

This residency allows learners to continue developing their skills as academic researchers. Learners will have hands-on experience applying quantitative and qualitative design principals to develop the foundational elements for their potential dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-850, RES-825, RES-831, or RCS-831.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods employed in qualitative and quantitative research designs. Learners explore the alignment of sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods to the research topic, research questions, and research design. The course positions learners to select qualitative or quantitative designs for their dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-831.

Course Description

This course focuses on theoretical framework and models of clinical supervision. Learners extrapolate concepts from their personal theoretical orientations and expand their understanding of gatekeeping from a clinical supervision perspective.

Course Description

Supervision Internship is intended to allow students to approximate, to the greatest extent possible, the work of counselor supervisors. This post-practicum experience is a temporary position with an emphasis on independent application of skills and knowledge of supervision in the workplace setting. Prerequisites: PCE-806 and PCE-905.

Course Description

This course discusses educational philosophies and models of adult learning as well as authoritative gatekeeping in professional counseling and counselor education programs.

Course Description

Teaching Internship is intended to allow students to approximate, to the greatest extent possible, the work of counselor educators. This post-practicum experience is a temporary position with an emphasis on independent application of skills and knowledge of pedagogy in the workplace setting. Prerequisites: PCE-805 and PCE-905.

Course Description

In this course, learners explore the basic components of GCU qualitative core research designs including descriptive, case study, and phenomenology. The nature of epistemological foundations and the structure of problem statements, purpose statements, research questions, data sources, collection and analysis approaches are discussed in the context of each design.

Course Description

In this course, learners differentiate the epistemological foundations and explore the data trustworthiness, research ethics, and potential for bias in descriptive, case study, and phenomenology research designs. The process of building a rationale for design choice and aligning the research questions, interview questions, problem statement, and purpose statement is addressed. Sources of qualitative data are introduced for each design, and ethical aspects of research are discussed. Prerequisite: RES-841.

Course Description

This course provides counselor educators with the knowledge to be effective in their roles as leaders and advocates. This course addresses the social justice concerns with which counselor educators may become involved while fulfilling the advocacy role.

Course Description

In practice, those serving in the roles of counselor educators must address a wide variety of issues. This course, then, addresses topics of contemporary significance in professional counseling.

Course Description

This Advanced Internship is intended to allow students to approximate, to the greatest extent possible, the work of Counselor Educators. This post-practicum experience is a temporary position with an emphasis on independent application of skills and knowledge in the workplace setting. Prerequisites: PCE-804, PCE-834, and PCE- 905.

Course Description

In this residency, learners orally present and defend an expanded design of their preliminary dissertation research from RSD-851. Emphasis is placed on developing the qualitative dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-843.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: PCE-885.

Course Description

In this course, learners explore qualitative data collection techniques and sources of qualitative data in the context of answering the research questions posed by a study. Consideration is given to the recognition of data saturation and the management of data. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs to prepare a written statement of data collection, and management activities. Prerequisite: RES-843.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: PCE-955.

Course Description

In this course, learners focus on the interpretation of qualitative data to produce written research findings, results, and implications. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs and apply information from this course to move ahead in the dissertation process. Prerequisite: RES-873.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: PCE-960.

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