Counselor Education (PhD)
The primary aim of the PhD in Counselor Education is to educate and prepare doctoral students to serve as college and university-level school counseling educators, who can effectively teach and supervise graduate-level students and conduct publishable research and other scholarly work.
Some graduates may seek positions as supervisors/directors of counseling services. Opportunities for co-authoring professional publications are available.
The program's key emphases are multicultural approaches to school counseling; collaboration with families; implementation and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs; and the intersection of counseling and spirituality.
As such, the PhD program emphasizes both cutting-edge counselor education theory and research. Best practice and supervisorial skills are included as well.
To apply, submit the following items to The Graduate Center to be considered for admissions:
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE
For applicants with a bachelor's degree, the program requires a total of 138 credits. The first 72 credits comprise the MEd in school counseling with ESA certification, which is required in order to practice school counseling in Washington state. An additional 66 credits of doctoral-level courses are required to obtain the PhD.
When complete, students will earn a MEd in School Counseling, K-12 Washington state School Counseling Certification, and a PhD in Counselor Education.
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE
For applicants entering the program with a master's degreee, the program requires a minimum of 90 credits, depending upon the applicant’s academic background.LEADERSHIP COLLOQUIUM AND COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS
After approximately one year, or 24 credits of coursework, you may register for EDU 7990 "Leadership Colloquium." This requires you to write a scholarly paper and present that paper in a formal setting to the educational community.
Graduate faculty of the School of Education conduct an evaluation of the scholarship and colloquium. You must take the Leadership Colloquium before taking the comprehensive exams.
The doctoral Dissertation is the culminating experience in the PhD in Counselor Education degree. It is a scholarly inquiry into an area of professional and intellectual interest, and it is a highly individualized experience.
Working with faculty throughout the coursework and with a dissertation advisor, you will develop a Research Question and Proposal. Using the expertise and knowledge developed in the research courses and under the direction of a faculty dissertation advisor and committee, you will conduct the research and produce a quality report of the findings. As a final demonstration of scholarly competence, you will conduct an Oral Presentation and defense of the research.
While it is expected that the dissertation will follow standard accepted research methodologies and format, the topic of the research may vary depending on your professional goals and area of specialization, and the expertise of the faculty.
TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY
At the time of admission, you may transfer up to 15 post-master's degree credits into the doctoral program with the approval of the director of doctoral studies. Courses transferred must be graduate level, from a regionally accredited institution and relevant to the course of doctoral study.
The courses must have been taken within the three years prior to admission and must have been part of a planned program leading to a graduate degree or a professional certificate. Courses with grades below a 3.0 ("B"), or those receiving "pass" or "satisfactory" grades cannot transfer into the program.
Finally, transferred classes may be substituted for degree requirements if you can document in writing that the courses are comparable to required courses offered through SPU. Modifications to these transfer policies may be made at the discretion of the director of doctoral studies in consultation with the Doctoral Admissions Committee.
Students must be continuously enrolled (all four terms) in required SPU courses to earn the doctoral degree or until the student is officially withdrawn from the program. Exceptions to continuous enrollment must be approved by the director of doctoral studies.
A student who decides to no longer actively pursue a doctoral degree may officially withdraw from the program and the University by notifying the director of doctoral Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the graduate programs manager (email@example.com).
A student may be granted a leave of absence for up to four quarters by the school dean or director of doctoral studies. Once the leave of absence has expired, the student will either enroll in doctoral coursework or be dropped from the program.
SPU's Student Academic Services (SAS) requires continuous enrollment to remain admitted in a doctoral program. After four quarters of non-enrollment, students will be placed in “inactive status” and will need to reapply for admission.
During dissertation work, students must enroll in dissertation credits every quarter until the degree is completed.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
A 3.2 overall GPA is required for graduation.
All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within five years from the quarter the first post-admission course was taken. Students who need more than five years to complete the degree must file a time-extension petition with the director of doctoral studies.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS
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