Counselor Education (PhD)
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The primary aim of the PhD option 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:
- A doctoral online application.
- A $50 processing fee. Make checks payable to "Seattle Pacific University."
- Official transcripts documenting excellent undergraduate and graduate-level GPA.
- Preferable: Master’s degree in School Counseling or Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Psychology, MFT, or related counseling discipline. ESA certification in school counseling. Highly qualified bachelor’s (BA/BS) level students in psychology or related discipline may also apply.
- Master’s level applicants should have a minimum of two-years experience counseling in schools. BA/BS to PhD applicants should have experience serving (paid and/or volunteer) students in a educationally related settings.
- GRE-Revised Test score taken within five years of application. Preferred minimum combined score of 303/60th percentile on verbal + quantitative or 1200 on old GRE test.
- Three letters of recommendation (two must be academic recommendations).
- A writing sample demonstrating competency in academic writing.
- Personal Statement that includes professional academic goals and focus of study (no more than 500 words).
- Personal interview with two graduate-level faculty.
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.
Upon completion of all courses, you must pass three written Comprehensive Examinations. These examinations will cover the Foundations, professional and research components of the Core, and your area of specialization. Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations advances you to the doctoral candidacy.
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.
PROGRAM AND ENROLLMENT POLICIES
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.
You are expected to complete the required 7000-level cohort courses in sequence during the first two years of the program. After beginning classes, continuous enrollment must be maintained throughout the program. Students who interrupt the residency requirement may be dropped from the program.
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.
For more information about the program, contact Dr. Christopher Sink, program advisor, or Dr. Andrew Lumpe, director of doctoral studies.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS
Associate Director of Graduate
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West,
Seattle, WA 98119-1922
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