The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education. The Ph.D. in Counselor Education is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 1001 North Fairfax Street Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314.
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, devoted to excellence in instruction, research, and service, prepares counselors representing diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve the educational and mental health needs in the global community. Students, from the South Texas region and beyond, are trained in core counseling courses to successfully work in school, community, and mental health settings. Graduates demonstrate a comprehensive in-depth knowledge base in counseling and the clinical skills that are necessary to be effective counselors. The Ph.D. program prepares future professors, scholors, and leaders in counseling and counselor education.
The doctoral program in Counselor Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is at the forefront in meeting current needs in training counselor educators. The mission of the doctoral program is to add depth and breadth in the preparation of counselor educators and counselors for leadership positions, regionally and nationally.
Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives
Students will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of:
- Leadership roles in counselor education
- Advocacy methods, particularly with underserved populations
- Developing and teaching graduate level courses in counselor education
- Supervision theory, personal style of supervision, and the practice of supervision
- Evaluating counselor education programs through the use of CACREP standards
- Issues related to diversity, culture, multiculturalism, and multicultural competency
- Ethical and legal issues and codes of ethics in counseling
- Research paradigms and approaches used to conduct quality research investigations
- Designing research, both quantitative and qualitative
- Preparing and delivering scholarly presentations
- Writing for publication
- The identity of the counselor and counselor educator and the importance of ones’ involvement in professional organizations
- The importance of wellness and counselor self care including strategies to enhance one’s well being
- The practice of counseling, including theory, techniques, strategies and methods of evaluation
Students seeking admission to the doctoral program will need to complete the following:
- An application data sheet.
- A two-page professional goals statement.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work indicating the completion of requirements that are equal or equivalent to a master’s degree accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). (Students not having appropriate course work will be required to take additional courses prior to admission.)
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (Verbal and Quantitative scores.)
- Three letters of recommendation. (Use forms provided by the Department.) (indication of fitness to practice)
- A resume documenting work experience.
- An interview by the admissions committee focusing on communication skills, self awareness, and potential for scholarship, leadership and advocacy.
Doctoral applicants should be aware that the Doctoral Admissions Committee begins their review of applicant information, including interviews, and makes acceptance decisions as early as January for the following fall enrollment. Early application is encouraged, since it allows students the best opportunity to secure one of the ten slots available, as well as scholarships, teaching assistantships, and financial aid.
The degree requirements enhance the leadership capabilities of professional counselors who serve or plan to serve in the role of counselor educators, directors of counseling and guidance programs, research specialists in counseling and the behavioral sciences, supervisors in counseling and mental health, and direct service providers. The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counselor Education is awarded in recognition of the attainment of independent and comprehensive scholarship in the field. The doctoral program consists of a minimum of four academic years of graduate-level preparation (including entry-level preparation), defined as eight semesters with a minimum of 96 semester hours of graduate-level credits required of all students in the program. To qualify for the degree, the student must meet the following specific requirements.
- Residence: Two consecutive sessions of full-time enrollment are required, to be completed during the first year of the program as members of a cohort group.
- Recency of Credit: Courses completed for a prerequisite master’s degree do not need to meet the seven-year recency of credit rule for the doctoral program. All other courses that are part of the doctoral degree plan must abide by the seven-year rule on recency of credit.
- Entry-Level Courses: Entry level coursework, equal/equivalent to master’s degree requirements accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), is required.
- Doctoral Counseling Core Courses: A minimum of 30 semester hours of doctoral-level core courses, including 6 semester hours of internship and 3 semester hours of practicum, are required.
- Additional Doctoral Courses: Includes 15 semester hours of classes.
- Research Tools: An extensive sequence of research courses is required, including a minimum of 27 hours of research methodology and statistics. Courses in quantitative and qualitative analysis are required. Included within this research component is a minimum of 9 hours of supervised dissertation.
- Supervised Advanced Practicum and Internship: All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a clinical component of the program, as noted in #3 above. This includes an advanced practicum (CNEP 6395 – 3 semester hours/300 clock hours) and doctoral-level counseling internships (CNEP 6396, 3-semester-hour courses that students take twice for a total of 600 clock hours.) The 600-hour doctoral internship includes supervised experiences in clinical settings, teaching, and supervision. In addition, students are given the opportunity to participate in additional supervised practica or internships that are appropriate to their career objectives.
- Comprehensive Examination: Doctoral students are required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination toward the completion of all coursework.
- Dissertation and Final Examination: Doctoral students are required to successfully complete a dissertation under the direction and supervision of their dissertation chair and committee members. There is a dissertation proposal defense at the time of one’s proposal and a dissertation and final examination at the successful completion of one’s dissertation.
See Course Descriptions for information on graduate courses for this program.