Doctor of Philosophy


Course Descriptions

7003 – Foundations of Counselor Education & Supervision – 3 credit hours

This course provides an advanced introduction to counselor education and supervision, including an exploration of professional identity, professional organizations, professional ethics, professional writing, and current issues.  Students will explore these areas in the context of orienting to the CES program, its processes, resources, and technology.

7013 – Advanced Counseling Theories – 3 credit hours

This course provides an advanced exploration of counseling theories, including the integration of theory and application of multiple theoretical perspectives while conceptualizing client cases.  Emphasis is placed on evidence-based counseling practices and methods for evaluating counseling effectiveness.  Ethical and culturally appropriate use of counseling across multiple settings is explored.

7023 – Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis – 3 credit hours

This course provides an advanced exploration and comparison of current diagnostic systems and clinical assessment instrumentation.  Emphasis is placed on exploring current diagnostic systems including the DSM and DC 0-3 as well as frequently utilized assessments in professional counseling practice.  Ethical and culturally appropriate use of assessment and diagnosis across multiple settings is explored.

7113 – Instructional Technology in Counselor Education & Supervision – 3 credit hours

This course introduces a wide range of instructional technologies for use in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.  Emphasis is placed on the development of a technical understanding of instructional technologies and on evidence-based use of these tools. Technology use within the context of clinical supervision is also explored.

7123 – Course Development & Assessment – 3 credit hours

This course provides a framework for curricular design and assessment in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.  Situational factors, learning goals, formative and summative assessment, grading, and structural considerations of course design are all included as part of a comprehensive course design strategy.  Student learning outcomes and student assessments are addressed as defining elements of the development process.  Ethical and cultural considerations of development and assessment are included.  Content is explored within the context of counselor education and supervision.

7133 – Instructional Strategies & Course Management – 3 credit hours

This course explores roles, responsibilities, and methods of course instruction and management in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.  This exploration is grounded in an understanding of models of instruction and adult learning.  Classroom management issues, including screening, remediation, and gatekeeping, are considered.  Ethical, legal, and cultural considerations of instruction and course management are explored.  Content is explored within the context of counselor education and supervision.

7213 – Administration & Management of Mental Health Programs – 3 credit hours

This course provides a study of organizations, including theories of the nature of work within mental health settings, administrative styles, group processes, staff development and training, organizational communication, attitudes, motivation, and models of management.  Practical aspects of mental health administration, including personnel management, diversification of services, resource utilization, fiscal management, risk management, ethical and legal considerations, and related topics, are explored.

7223 – Leadership & Professional Advocacy Action Planning in Counseling – 3 credit hours

This course provides an exploration of the theories, models, and skills of leadership for professional organizations and venues, the counseling profession, and its constituents.  Theories, models, and skills in advocacy for the counseling profession and underserved/underrepresented populations are explored.  Current regional, national, and international counseling issues are considered.  Roles and strategies for coordinating an effective response to crises and disasters are included.

7233 – Grant Writing – 3 credit hours

This course focuses on grant development, writing, capital acquisition, grant management, and outcomes evaluation.

7313 – Clinical Supervision & Consultation – 3 credit hours

This course provides an advanced exploration of clinical supervision and consultation.  The purposes, roles, relationships, and skills involved in clinical supervision and consultation are considered as well as legal and administrative responsibilities, such as supervisee assessment, remediation, and gatekeeping.  These factors are placed within the context of current and emerging theories, models, and modes of clinical supervision, with an emphasis on the importance of developing and utilizing an individual approach to supervision in an ethical and culturally relevant manner.

7323 – Leadership & Administration in Counselor Education – 3 credit hours

This course introduces theories and skills of leadership in counselor education programs. Additionally, the course explores the nature of leadership in academic programs, including faculty governance and advocacy, budget development, accreditation, curriculum development, personnel management, conflict resolution, crisis management, and other issues related to the management of an academic unit.  Development of a personal leadership style that is ethical and culturally relevant is emphasized.

7333 – Research, Program Evaluation & Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education – 3 credit hours

This course introduces models and methods of program evaluation, program research, and outcomes assessment.  Topics include evaluation strategies and designs, data collection, analysis, and reporting.  Emphasis is placed on the use of program evaluation methods to support programmatic change.  Content is explored in the context of CES program accreditation processes and requirements.

8003 – Advanced Practicum – 3 credit hours

In this course students participate in a supervised, doctoral-level counseling practicum of a minimum 150 hours, of which 40 hours must be providing direct counseling services.  Where appropriate, experience as a supervisor is encouraged as part of the indirect requirement. Specifics of the placement are determined in consultation with program faculty.  Students receive one hour per week of individual/triadic supervision in the clinical setting as well as regularly scheduled group supervision by program faculty.

8013 – Internship – 3 credit hours

A 200-clock-hour supervised experience in counseling, teaching, clinical supervision, research and scholarship, and/or leadership and advocacy.  Specific placement requirements are allocated at the discretion of the doctoral advisor and student based on experience and training.  Students receive one hour per week of individual/triadic supervision in the internship setting as well as regularly scheduled group supervision by program faculty.  

9003 – Dissertation Research: Dissertation Hours – 3 credit hours

This course will facilitate the completion of an approved dissertation which will utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained throughout the program in areas of counseling and research.  Field-based projects will be emphasized.  Ethical and culturally relevant strategies for conducting research will be addressed throughout the experience.

9013 – Professional Writing, Publication & Presentations in CES – 3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to and exploration of the practice and skills required for professional writing, engaging the publication process, and the development of professional presentations.  Students will work under supervision to generate publication manuscripts and/or presentations to present in a professional venue.

9023 – Research Design & Project Development – 3 credit hours

This course will explore research project development, including analysis of the literature, hypothesis construction, selection and identification of appropriate research methodology, data analysis, and discussion of research results.  Students will develop an understanding of research methods, statistical analyses, and needs assessment.  This course will also focus on understanding research methodologies and how these can be used for action research, program evaluation, and improving counseling effectiveness.  Ethical and professional issues associated with research and program evaluation will also be presented.

9033 – Psychometric Theory & Measurement Design – 3 credit hours

This course will explore theoretical perspectives regarding instrument construction and design. Students will explore strategies for designing, administering, and interpreting quantitative measures.  Ethical and professional issues associated with measurement construction, bias, and cultural variation will also be included.

9043 – Quantitative Method & Multivariate Analysis – 3 credit hours

This course will explore quantitative research and multivariate analytical procedures associated with research in counseling and counselor education.  Students will explore statistical procedures associated with descriptive and experimental research design, implementation, and analysis of quantitative data.  Students will use statistical software packages toward calculating descriptive and inferential statistics.  Students will explore the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of quantitative research data.  Ethical and professional issues associated with quantitative research are included.

9053 – Qualitative Method & Design – 3 credit hours

This course provides a study of the design, approaches, implementation, and analysis of qualitative research.  The development of an in-depth understanding of the major methods of inquiry associated with qualitative research will be emphasized.  Students will explore the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of qualitative research data.  Ethical and cultural considerations of qualitative research are included.