Now recruiting for fall 2018, 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.
Learn more about this program by attending an online information session/webinar Wednesday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. Registration is required.
Our 2018 cohort will begin classes in August at IUP Pittsburgh East.Complete your application before June 22, 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.
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
At the same time, demand for school and clinical mental health counselors has increased and is projected to keep growing. 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.
Students in the Counselor Education and Supervision PhD Program at IUP will be able to take advantage of a location that fits their needs. Cohorts that start in the fall of odd years complete their studies at IUP’s main campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Here, we have renovated a space in our Counseling Department dedicated specifically to PhD students to ensure a collaborative and productive environment.
Students who begin their doctoral studies during an even year will take all classes at IUP Pittsburgh East. Situated at Penn Center, just 20 minutes east of downtown Pittsburgh, this location is ideal for counseling professionals in both the Pittsburgh
and Greensburg areas. Free parking and communal spaces are available for all students.
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