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

A student smiles at his counselor in the classroom.

Winner of the Outstanding Counselor Education Doctoral Program Award

- Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2019

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 60 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).

Program Highlights

We are committed to the field of counselor education and believe that our students are the future of our discipline. Our program is committed to creating inclusive and challenging environments, and we see a few key program differentiators as key to our success:

  • CACREP-accredited doctoral program
  • Part- and full-time student options
  • Small cohort sizes
  • 2019 recipient of the SACES Doctoral Program Education Award
  • Strong track record of collaborative research and teaching opportunities with faculty

Curriculum Requirements

The Ph.D. in education, concentration in counselor education and supervision requires a minimum of 60 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.




Required on-campus interviews for select Prospective Students will be on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Please mark your calendars now to make sure you are available.
How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Additional materials: VCU School of Education Graduate Assistantship Application
Faculty listing: Counseling and Special Education
Faculty areas of interest: Research areas

Resources and Checklists

Application Checklist - Ph.D. Programs [PDF]



The VCU Holmes Scholars Program is a selective program that provides accepted doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups with resources and professional development to best position them for tenure track faculty positions in high (R2) and very high (R1) research universities. Our cross-disciplinary scholars create a network that leverages the collective and individual strengths of each member to maximize their VCU School of Education program. Learn more about how we live our values through the Holmes program!

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