Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision

University of West Georgia
Degree Level Doctoral
Total Credit Hours 60

Program Description

The Mission of the Professional Counseling and Supervision program (Ed.D.) is to prepare counseling professionals to positively impact their clients and communities of service through effective practices and programs, leadership, and advocacy.

Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision equips graduates with the skills they need for advancement and/or achievement in counseling-related positions. The curriculum builds upon skills and knowledge acquired through previous degrees in counseling and extends graduates' knowledge through an emphasis on program evaluation, clinical and administrative supervision, and advocacy and leadership.

At the completion of the program, students defend a professional practice dissertation that is designed to evaluate and improve programs or examine relevant issues in Professional Counseling, thereby positively impacting clients and communities of service in which students work.

Admissions Information

In order to eligible to apply to the Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision, all of the following must be met:

  • Licensed or license-eligible in counseling or related field
  • Cumulative minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official GRE scores not older than 5 years with preferred scores of
    • Verbal 151
    • Quantitative 142
    • Writing 3.5
  • Masters in counseling or related field (e.g., psychology, counseling psychology, clinical social work, mental health counseling, community counseling, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, school psychology, school counseling, school social work)*

  • *If the program was not CACREP accredited at the time of the applicant's graduation, the applicant must demonstrate that the program was substantially CACREP equivalent or the accrediting body that accredited the degree is equivalent to CACREP standards.

  • Minimum of three years of counseling experience in private or public schools, community agency, university, hospital, or private practice

If all of the above are met, then the application requires the following:

  • A 300-500 word essay presenting the applicant's professional goals and the relationship between those goals and the program mission
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended for all degrees including schools attended only for transfer credit
  • Three recommendations from professionals who are familiar with the applicant's professional qualities and academic potential. The electronic Recommendation Request form will be available after you submit your application

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges