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Counseling Ed PhD

Program Information - Indiana State University confers the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Guidance and Psychological Services with a specialization in Counselor Education.

Application deadline extended to January 15, 2017

Program Mission - The mission of the Counselor Education Ph.D. (CE) program is to prepare professionals to function in the roles of educator, supervisor, leader, researcher, advocate and practitioner. The program’s approach to learning is student centered and dedicated to student growth and development. The CE Ph.D. program is designed to build upon and extend the counseling knowledge and professional practice skills acquired through a Masters program.

Although students must meet certain program requirements, our program is sufficiently flexible for students to pursue personal career goals through focused electives, independent study, and a variety of training experiences such as practica, teaching, research, and community and university work experiences. Faculty members represent a broad range of professional and research interests, theoretical perspectives, and treatment modalities. This faculty diversity, the small number of students admitted each year, and the individual attention, concern, and support of our faculty allow students to participate in personalized programs geared toward individual interests, needs, and career goals.

 

Licensure and Certifications - Depending upon students' past graduate education and doctoral program of study, the program may prepare students for state licensure as a mental health counselor or school counselor.

 

Program Description - Indiana State University offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Guidance and Psychological Services with a specialization in Counselor Education. The doctoral program prepares students to assume positions in university teaching and research, management positions in community service agencies, and within state and federal government agencies and private practice. The program expects students to become contributing counselor educators and administrators. It provides each student with opportunities for sound instruction, individual study, supervised field work, professional project work and research. Each student's program of study is characterized by individualized attention and planning and is based on a close working relationship with the faculty and with other students. The specific program for each student reflects that student’s experience, needs, interests, and goals. It is planned jointly by the student, advisor, and his or her doctoral committee. 

 

Admission Requirements - To be admitted to the graduate program leading to the Ph.D. degree, you must comply with all general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, the School of Education, and the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology. Potential students must complete an application for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology.  The Committee may waive one of the listed criteria if other evidence of the applicant's promise to pursue the program is presented. However, it must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program

 

Admission criteria include:

  • Applicants must submit official scores for the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT).
  • GPA of 2.5 or above on all undergraduate work.
  • GPA of 3.5 or above on all graduate work.
  • A master's degree in Counseling or a related area.
  • Career goals consistent with the profession of Counselor Education
  • Applicants may be invited for a personal interview with Admissions Committee

The Committee may waive one of the above listed criteria if other evidence of the applicant's promise to pursue the program is presented. However, it must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program.

 

Degree and Graduation Requirements - A minimum of 72 semester hours of approved course work (excluding dissertation and internship credit) is required for a Ph.D. by the School of Graduate Studies. In order to meet professional preparation standards, counselor education students' programs of study often exceed 72 semester hours. The Ph.D. Degree is not granted solely on the collection of credits. A grade-point-average of 3.50 or better is required for admission to candidacy and graduation.

Students can transfer in previous graduate course work in order to fill a requirement area. Traditionally, "out of date" coursework has been defined as coursework taken more than seven years before enrolling at Indiana State University. Current policy exempts all coursework taken toward a graduate degree from this definition and gives the student's doctoral committee the option to include older coursework. The Dean of the Graduate School provides final approval of schedules of study. Often, prior to organizing a committee, students have questions as to whether a course will meet a requirement. The Director of Training or Committee Chair can usually give a clear indication as to whether a course will transfer into a given slot.

Indiana State University requires graduates to exhibit research proficiency before graduation. The Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology will determine standards and proficiencies in research, notifying students of these requirements early in their program of study.

Doctoral students must complete their degree within nine (9) years of enrolling, and within six (6) years of being admitted to candidacy. It should be noted that in the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, this has never been an issue. Students typically complete their degree programs in four years, including their pre-doctoral internship.

 

Graduation Rates - Over the past 10 years graduation rates within the department have been above 90%.