What Is a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision?
Part of Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision degree program is intended to prepare graduates to work as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers and practitioners in academic and clinical settings. The standards for this program are intended to accommodate the unique strengths of students seeking to enhance their leadership and counseling skills. Students will be able to employ quantitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation.
Choosing to Specialize in a Quantitative PhD
Doctoral students pursuing GCU’s quantitative PhD will focus on analyzing events by interpreting numeric data, whereas students pursuing GCU’s qualitative PhD will focus on analyzing how and why people think, believe and behave a certain way. To complete the research for a quantitative PhD, students will develop expertise in the creation of a sampling plan and in the collection of data. They will then use statistical tools to clean and analyze data, as well as assess reliability. Once their research has concluded, they will present their results in a written report.
Skills You Will Develop in the Counselor Education and Supervision PhD Program
Students pursuing their PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision are taught by seasoned experts in the field of counseling education. This 65-credit program allows students to study ethics and morality, discuss educational philosophies and models of adult learning, explore the basic components of quantitative research design, interact with statistical tests and statistical analysis software in the context of designing a quantitative research study, address social justice concerns, engage in the supervised practical application of previously studied theory and more. To graduate from this program, students must pass courses including:
- Advanced integrated theories and practices
- Clinical supervision
- Counselor education and supervision practicum
- Designing a quantitative study 1 and 2
- Ethics, laws and multicultural issues
- Leadership and social justice
- Quantitative data analysis, results and findings
- Quantitative data collection and statistical mechanics
- Special topics in counseling education and supervision
- The literature landscape: counselor education and supervision
What Can You Do With a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision?
Earning your PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision is a great way to gain additional knowledge in your field, stand out from the competition and advance your career. Program graduates often go on to pursue positions in higher education or become clinical supervisors. Positions you can fill with your PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision include:
- Advanced clinician
- Clinical supervisor
- Counseling advocate
- Counseling agency director
- Counseling leader
- Counseling practitioner
- Faculty member
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.