Here, you bridge counseling expertise with advanced practice and leadership.

OpenHouseRegisterButtonCounseling educators and supervisors shape the field by leading and mentoring current and future counselors. Governors State’s Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D.) prepares experienced counselors for opportunities in the fields of higher education and advanced clinical practice in professional counseling and supervision. A foundation in education and counseling theory combined with clinical work, teaching, supervision, research, and advocacy will equip you to lead, represent, and empower counselors in the field.

In this program, you will be part of a cohort that receives opportunities for personalized student-faculty collaboration and research. Our curriculum is structured around the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards for doctoral programs. Graduates of the C.E.S. program provide leadership in counselor education programs and have the opportunity to shape practitioners of tomorrow.

Reach your career goals. 

An Ed.D. degree prepares experienced counselors to become influential instructors and leaders by strengthening leadership skills and increasing expertise in the areas of teaching, supervision, research, theory, and professional identity, among others. Specialization in your area of interest and the development of a scholarship agenda creates opportunities to have a meaningful impact on the counseling profession and practice. 

Why get an Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision?

With an advanced graduate degree in counseling, you will be qualified to teach at the college level or supervise counselors in a clinical setting. Your impact on individuals, families, and communities will be even greater as you develop innovative leadership skills. Learn first-hand from C.E.S. faculty members—practitioner-scholars whose expertise spans multicultural, family, military, school, children and play therapy, trauma and crisis, research and assessment, and international counseling.  

Delivery Format

Earn your Ed.D. in as little as eight semesters. Governors State’s 48 credit hour Counseling Education and Supervision doctoral program is offered during evening classes to accommodate working professionals.

  • Sonya-Lorelle

    Dr. Sonya Lorelle, Counselor Education and Supervision Program Coordinator

    As a faculty member of the Counselor Education and Supervision Ed.D. program, I am proud of the extent of our collective dedication to student growth. We offer mentorship in personal and approachable ways and provide opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom, such as brown bag lunches to help prepare for comps, research teams, and collaborating with students through opportunities in co-teaching, co-presenting, and co-writing for conferences and publications. The program focuses on diversity—a topic that is woven throughout the curriculum. Students prepare advocacy projects in class and can take advantage of hands-on experience with diversity through international study abroad opportunities. The curriculum addresses all areas of the CACREP, and its cohort model benefits students tremendously as they develop a bond and support that helps them grow professionally throughout the program.

  • Leslie-Contos

    Leslie Contos, Counselor Education and Supervision student

    As a CES student, I am part of a cohesive cohort of smart and caring students who are my second family. My cohort attends classes on Tuesday evenings, allowing us to balance work and school at the same time. Professors in the program are caring and actively engaged and not only teach but model excellence in counselor education, qualities which are reflected in GSU’s CACREP accreditation When I hear a master’s level student talking about possible doctoral programs, I enthusiastically share how much I love this program, the faculty, and students. I witness doors opening as I watch alumni of the program find positions teaching at area universities. I expect the connections I make in this program will last a lifetime, and I am honored to be a part of the story of GSU.

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