Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in Chicago

Program Description

The growth of counseling as a discipline and a profession has increased significantly across the country. 

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision is responsive to this growth by offering a unique program suitable for postmaster’s licensed clinical counselors desiring to advance their professional development. 

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares professionals to be educators and leaders in a variety of professional and academic settings. In addition to direct counseling and supervisor roles, our graduates will be ready to teach in university or professional schools, shaping the next generation of helping professionals.

Students are engaged in superior preparation with a curriculum focused on learning and teaching pedagogy in the preparation of counselors as well as with advanced supervision practice. 

This degree program, offered at our Chicago Campus, also engages students in qualitative and quantitative research. Studies also include strong foundation in the theoretical, research, and practical aspects of counseling. The program provides students with practical and internship opportunities such as apprentice educators, advanced supervisors, researchers and program evaluators during the course of their studies. 

The Counselor Education and Supervision doctorate program also provides students with opportunities to supervise beginning counselors and develop graduate level teaching content, as well as conduct applied research within a range of counseling settings and populations. 

Graduates are equipped with the requisite academic foundation to become faculty, supervisors and senior administrators in both educational and community settings.


Counselor Education and Supervision





Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

100 hours of practicum; 600 hours of internship, including 100 hours of teaching, 100 hours of supervision, and additional hours developed in collaboration with faculty, which may include hours in counseling, consultation, research, and/or professional leadership.

Program Time to Completion

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in counseling or counseling psychology
  • N/A
  • Program candidates must be LCPC license-eligible (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), LPC license eligible (Licensed Professional Counselor), or other state equivalent license-eligible for professional licensure
  • It is preferred that candidates have 1-2 years of counseling experience prior to admission
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Issues in Counselor Education and Supervision

This seminar explores current issues for counselors, counselor educators, and counselor supervisors related to professional identity and responsibilities. Topics include, but are not limited to: consultation, crisis intervention, leadership, and advocacy. The counselor's advocacy role is stressed, both in advocacy for clients and advocacy for the profession.

Advanced Psychopathology

This course provides an in-depth survey and understanding of the range of mental disorders. The overall objective of the course is to enable students to appropriately diagnose psychopathology for purposes of efficacious treatment and the facilitation of clear clinical dialogue and agreement with fellow professionals. The course emphasizes research as it pertains to empirically-based treatments for a variety of mental health disorders. Additionally, issues of culture and gender as it relates to mental health diagnoses are discussed. Diagnostic criteria are drawn primarily from the DSM-IV-TR with some contribution from other sources considered as appropriate.

Qualitative Research Methods

Prerequisite: CE 620. The field of qualitative research is reviewed for the applications to the discipline of psychology. Primarily focused on cultural research, this course examines the methods that can be credibly employed to examine cultural and cross cultural research in psychology. Topics include: qualitative design frameworks, establishing trustworthiness and credibility, threats to trustworthiness and mediation strategies, data collection, data analysis, and results reporting.

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