Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision

The counselor education and supervision concentration of the Ph.D. in education program, which offers a unique emphasis on social justice and advocacy, prepares critically reflective counselor educators, counselor supervisors, scholars and leaders in the counseling profession. With a focus on leadership and advocacy, students graduate with knowledge and application of advanced counseling and crisis theories, supervision theories, pedagogical theories, research methodology and measurement skills, and program evaluation.

Prerequisite courses include 48 hours of CACREP-accredited master’s counseling coursework (or curricular and clinical experiences equivalent to the CACREP entry level standards), and a master’s level statistics course (which can be taken during the doctoral program).

Curriculum Requirements

The Ph.D. in education, concentration in counselor education and supervision requires a minimum of 52 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in education, concentration in counselor education and supervision »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.




How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Additional materials: Graduate assistantship application [PDF]


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Master’s degree in appropriate discipline
  • Completion of 48-hour CACREP-accredited counseling program (or equivalent coursework that meets the CACREP curricular and clinical experiences)
  • At least two years of professional counseling experience preferred
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (usually 300 or better)
  • Written essay addressing your career interests and experience, possible challenges to career goals, time frame for earning degree and current research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a former professor and one from a professional colleague
  • Resume or CV with academic and work history
  • A personal interview is required
  • A writing sample may be requested

Ready To Get Started?

Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.