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Doctorate Degree in Counseling

Doctorate Degree in Counselor Education and Supervision

The Doctorate degree in Counseling Education and Supervision offers advanced professional preparation for those intending to become university professors of counseling and advanced-level clinical counselors and/or supervisors. The Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision requires a minimum of 105 semester hours, including a maximum of 30 semester hours from the master’s degree, plus a minimum of 75 additional semester hours. This total includes internship and dissertation hours.

Mission Statement

The doctoral program prepares multiculturally competent counselor educators and supervisors who develop an expertise in the core CACREP competencies of teaching, research, leadership and advocacy, advanced counseling, and supervision. Students enhance their critical thinking through personal and professional growth experiences that promote awareness of self and impact on others. Students involve themselves in appropriate program and professional association activities. Students generate new knowledge and skills that result in meaningful research that promotes social justice in a pluralistic society as well as advances the profession of counselor education and supervision. Preparing professionals with a counselor identity to work as multicultural, ethical counselor educators and supervisors is the program’s highest priority. (passed 12-9-10)

Program Outcomes Report

Last year, there were 4 graduates of Northern Illinois University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. Of the admitted students, 65% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 75% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), has awarded accreditation to the Doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Northern Illinois University. The counseling program at NIU is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is approved by the State Department of Public Instruction to certify school counselors in Illinois