Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

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The next application cycle will be for fall 2022 admissions.

The Graduate School application submission portal for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program will open Oct. 1, 2021, for fall 2022 admissions matriculation consideration.

Professional counselors touch the lives of individual clients, families, and communities. Counselor educators and supervisors expand their circle of influence exponentially. The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision at NIU will help professional counselors develop your expertise in teaching, research, leadership and advocacy, and clinical supervision. We specialize in training professional counselors become faculty members and leaders of the profession. Our doctoral students develop critical thinking through personal and professional growth experiences that promote awareness of self and impact on others. You'll also generate new knowledge and skills through meaningful research to promote social justice and advance the field. We are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Innovative Experiences

We promote best practices in the preparation of educators, advocates and leaders. Our alumni are committed to what graduate preparation should encompass: understanding the past, advancing the present, and modeling for the future. Your program will include concurrent internship experiences with academic courses and a dissertation ) that reflects your original scholarship and independent research. A graduate certificate is available in Trauma-Informed Counseling.

You must apply to our program through the NIU Graduate School, and if invited, attend the Doctoral Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW). For admission to the Graduate School, you will need to submit an application, a written statement of goals, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (at least one of which is from an individual with a doctoral degree and/or able to speak to your readiness for doctoral-level work). If you are an international student, you must also submit official English translations of your academic records and all test scores, including the TOEFL or IELTS. You'll need to complete the Ph.D. applicant essay (PDF), and submit a résumé or CV.

experience post master’s degree. The clinical experience gained in between degree programs is foundational in informing one’s work as a future counselor educator and clinical supervisor while at NIU. Our doctoral students take on supervisory roles with our master’s students as early as their first year, and a strong foundation as a clinician helps doctoral students manage the multiple roles they are expected to fulfill.

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Are you ready to become a leader in the counseling profession? Are you eager to learn how to help others become social-justice-oriented professional counselors?

Early admissions deadline: November 15 
General admissions deadline: February 1
Late admissions deadline: April 1

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 84 semester hours, which includes a maximum of 30 semester hours from the master's degree. During your program of study, doctoral students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in applied counseling skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in advanced teaching skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in advanced supervision skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in advanced leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent scholarly research.

Our Community Counseling Training Center (CCTC) provides a space for the comprehensive training and supervision of counselors- and supervisors-in-training. At the CCTC, students deliver of culturally-responsive clinical counseling services to NIU students, faculty, staff, and community members.

In our Counselor Education and Supervision program you will put your instructional knowledge to practical use through working with clients and with master's level students through co-teaching with counseling program faculty. You will facilitate weekly individual and group clinical supervision sessions and conduct counseling-related research under faculty mentorship.

The Counselor Education and Supervision degree program is an 84 credit hour CACREP accredited programs under the 2016 standards. Program courses are offered on a standard curriculum course rotation.

Three Year Plan

Fall Year 1

  • COUN 700 – Professional Orientation
  • COUN 730 – Advanced Theories
  • COUN 750 – Advanced Practicum in Individual Counseling
  • ETR 521 – Educational Statistics I

Spring Year 1

  • COUN 752 – Clinical Supervision
  • COUN 701 – Teaching in Counselor Education
  • ETR 522 – Educational Statistics II
Summer Year 1
  • ETR 525 – Qualitative Research in Education
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Fall Year 2
  • COUN 765 – Advanced Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
  • COUN 720 – Advanced Research Methods in Education
Spring Year 2
  • COUN 790 – Research & Scholarship in Counselor Education
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Summer Year 2
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Year 3 – Fall & Spring
  • COUN 799 – Dissertation
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Four Year Plan
Fall Year 1
  • COUN 700 – Professional Orientation
  • COUN 750 – Doctoral Counseling Practicum
Spring Year 1
  • COUN 752 – Clinical Supervision
  • COUN 701 – Teaching in Counselor Education
Summer Year 1
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Fall Year 2
  • ETR 521 – Educational Statistics I
  • COUN 730 – Advanced Theories
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Spring Year 2
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
  • ETR 522 – Educational Statistics II
Summer Year 2
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
  • ETR 525 – Qualitative Research
Fall Year 3
  • COUN 765 – Advanced Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
  • COUN 720 – Advanced Research Methods in Education
Spring Year 3
  • COUN 790 – Research & Scholarship in Counselor Education
  • COUN 786 – Doctoral Internship
Year 4 – Fall & Spring
  • COUN 799 – Dissertation

These plans represent minimum program requirements. Individual students may be encouraged or required to complete additional coursework to support their professional and academic goals. Students may also need to meet course deficiencies if entering the doctoral program without sufficient grounding in professional counseling content domains. Any requirements outside of the minimums will be discussed with the program advisor and confirmed by a vote of the full faculty if/when needed.

The Counselor Education and Supervision program is a quasi-cohort model with 32 doctoral students enrolled last year. On an annual basis, 15 to 20 eligible applicants apply for admissions to the Ph.D. degree program. The average admitted class is seven to ten students. The Counseling faculty work to recruit and admit a diverse cohort of doctoral students each year of various multicultural identities and intersectionalities.

Note: NIU collects race/sex demographic information based on students' legal classifications. However, in alliance with NIU's stated commitment to diversity and inclusion, we recognize that our students, faculty and staff may identify beyond demographics listed.

Self-reported counseling student race and sex last year included:

Race/Ethnicity Women Men
African-American or Black 25% 6%
Asian-American 6% 0%
Caucasian or White 38% 16%
Hispanic, Latino or Spanish-American 6% 0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3% 0%

The NIU Counselor Education faculty includes six full-time faculty and two instructors of counseling. Counseling faculty are culturally diverse and have diverse counseling experiences, approaches, and research interests.

Counselor education program faculty review various program and student outcome data points each year to determine needed changes in program delivery. This annual review report includes:

  • Summary of the program evaluation results
  • Subsequent program modifications
  • Any other substantial program changes

Our Counselor Education and Supervision faculty provide knowledge and mentorship in counseling-related research, clinical supervision, and instruction in counselor preparation programs.

Our program is designed to help you develop your awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions in promoting wellness and social justice. Through the professional domains of counseling, clinical supervision, teaching, research, and leadership, we prepare counselors to become the next generation of counselor educators.

Our faculty, staff, and current students work consistently to create a collegial and collaborative community of acceptance, mentorship, and professional networking within the university, both regionally and nationally.

The Counselor Education and Supervision program graduated six students last year with a 90% completion rate and approximately 98% of our doctoral students find job placement after graduation.