PhD in Counseling Learning Outcomes

Academic & Professional

Students will develop an area of professional counseling expertise and demonstrate appropriate academic and professional goals through intentional creation and completion of a program of study, dissertation research focus, and internship experiences that are congruent with an identity as an advanced counseling practitioner, counselor supervisor, counselor educator, and/or counselor leader.

Academic Mastery

Students will demonstrate academic mastery by developing and successfully completing an approved program of study that meets the academic standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for doctoral program in counselor education.

Professional Competence

Students will demonstrate professional skills beyond the master’s level and ethical behavior as an advanced counseling practitioner, counselor supervisor, counselor educator, and counselor leader during clinical coursework such as practicum and internship. 

Democratic Perspectives

Students will demonstrate the necessary awareness, knowledge, and skills of cultural competence as an ethical counselor, supervisor, educator, and leader through satisfactory completion of content coursework and application of content to practice during practicum and internships.

Research Mastery

Students will demonstrate advanced level knowledge of research foundations, methods, and responsible conduct of research through successful completion of research coursework, including producing an original contribution to knowledge in the field of counseling during the dissertation process. 

Personal Development

Students will demonstrate self-awareness, awareness of impact on others, ability to regulate emotions, ability to reflect, critical thinking skills/judgment and integrity sufficient to ethically undertake the roles of advanced counseling practitioner, supervisor, counselor educator, counselor leader, and researcher during the processes of course completion, clinical experiences and dissertation completion.