Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision

University of West Georgia
Degree Level Doctoral
Total Credit Hours 60
Per Credit Hour Cost $312.00

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 in order to positively impact the clients and communities of service in which they work. The program offers two tracks. Students who enter the program with an EdS in counseling are permitted to take the 39-hour track that is completed in two years of continuous enrollment. The other track is a 60-hour program for students who enter the program without an EdS in counseling and is completed in three years of continuous enrollment. The program builds upon a strong foundation developed through previous graduate education, including Master's and Specialist degrees in counseling, and professional experience.

Two doctoral-level courses are offered each term. Doctoral students learn to evaluate and improve programs and interventions in the context of their current work settings. Dissertations, evaluation studies, are developed through embedded assignments across the curriculum. The counseling faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling are well-recognized at state, regional and national levels for their professionalism. They consistently publish research and practice articles in peer-reviewed journals, attend and present at state, regional and national conferences, and hold leadership positions in professional and honor societies."

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