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Counselor Education and Supervision, PhD

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  • Educate the Next Generation of School and Clinical Mental Health Counselors

    Now recruiting for fall 2017, the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares you for leadership positions in the counseling profession and for teaching opportunities as a university professor. Graduates are doctoral-level counselor educators who are equipped to enter academia or positions of leadership with specialization in scholarship, supervision, and teaching.

  • New Application Deadline

    Complete your application before January 12, 2018.

  • This residential, full-time, affordable, streamlined program allows you to complete all of your coursework in a two-year time frame, including advanced practicum and field experiences. Field experiences require teaching immersion in higher education as well as experience in counseling, supervision, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy.

    The curriculum has a research emphasis throughout, facilitating your development as a scholar and culminating in a Conducting Research in Counselor Education and Supervision course at the end of your first year. It is during this course that you will conceptualize your dissertation research and methodology.

    The Need for Counselor Educators Is Growing

    Recent changes in Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards, implemented as of 2013, now require accredited counselor-training programs to hire faculty who have earned a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision or have experience teaching in a CACREP-accredited program. Applicants from related fields are no longer qualified for hire.

    At the same time, demand for school and clinical mental health counselors has increased and is projected to keep increasing. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has given access to mental health services to millions of Americans who were previously uninsured. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for mental health counselors will increase by 20 percent by 2024 (O*NET OnLine). Enrollment in mental health counseling master’s programs is already increasing.

    By earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, you’ll help meet the demand for mental health services by educating the next generation of school and clinical mental health counselors.

    The IUP Difference

    Standards-based curriculum. The curriculum has been designed to be one of the first doctoral programs in the nation to meet the newly adopted 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) doctoral standards. This program is a 48-credit-hour program that builds upon a 60-credit CACREP master’s degree.

    Prepare for teaching, research, scholarship, and service. To prepare you for a faculty position, the PhD curriculum emphasizes teaching, research/scholarship, and service—the three areas in which faculty members are expected to excel. You’ll gain experience in college teaching and mentoring. All coursework—outside of practicum and field experiences—includes research and scholarship. Additionally, the curriculum includes a course in leadership and advocacy in the profession with a high emphasis on service.

    A tradition of excellence. Founded in 1965, the Department of Counseling at IUP has been the recipient of the Counselor Preparation Program of the Year award in both 2003 and 2010 from the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. Two faculty members have served as president of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, another was awarded Counselor Educator of the Year from the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association, and two faculty members are certified team leaders for the CACREP self-study evaluation and site review.


    Professor Kim Desmond is the doctoral degree coordinator. Contact her at