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Doctoral Program in Counselor Education

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology


About the doctoral program 
The Counselor Education Doctoral Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Island University, is at the forefront in meeting current needs in counseling and counselor education. The mission of the Ph.D. program is to add depth and breadth in the preparation of counselor educators and community leaders regionally, nationally, and internationally. 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.

Counseling program honored 
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was recognized by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) as an Outstanding Counselor Education Program in 2007. The Department was honored with the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award.

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.

Student learning outcomes
Students will:

  • Demonstrate graduate-level teaching skills and an understanding of teaching pedagogy
  • Demonstrate advanced level research competency
  • Demonstrate competency in counselor supervision
  • Demonstrate a counselor and counselor educator identity through professional membership, presentations, and publications
  • Demonstrate effective counseling/clinical skills

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.