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Counselor Education, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology

doctoral counselor education studentsThe 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. Graduates will meet the well-documented demand for counselor education professors as the program emphasizes research, teaching, and supervision. Graduates are employed as faculty at universities throughout the US.


Download the Doctoral Program Student Handbook (pdf)

Student learning outcomes

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 one's 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

The doctoral comprehensive examination, coursework using evaluation rubrics, individual development plans, and annual evaluations help assure that graduates meet knowledge-based requirements and satisfy student learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements

  1. You must fulfill the Counselor Education Doctoral Program admissions requirements.

  2. In addition, you must apply and be admitted as a graduate student in the College of Education. See the Graduate Policies and Regulations and the Graduate Admission page.

Degree Requirements

See the Doctoral Program Courses page for a complete listing.

Also visit the Course Catalog.


The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and includes that organization's highest standards of quality. Didactic and clinical training reflect national standards and provide graduates with experiences in school and community settings. A comprehensive research component, including doctoral mentoring in scholarly areas of inquiry, prepares students for their dissertation and provides opportunities to study major problems of practice.

Program Matrices

Doctorate in Counselor Education National Standards Matrices (pdf)


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