The purpose of a Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral degree is to produce advanced clinicians, supervisors, competent researchers and educators. This rigorous program includes experiences in clinical work, teaching, supervision, research and advocacy. In addition, students gain a strong background in education and counseling theory.

To learn how you can join our program, please review the application requirements and resources below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Coordinator - Dr. Kent Provost.

Program Requirements

For the latest information regarding Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program's requirements, please see the academic catalog.

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Doctoral Handbook

Learn about all the parameters of the Ph.D. Education in Counselor Education and Supervision program in the doctoral handbook.

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Dissertation Handbook

Follow the guidelines listed in the Ph.D. Education in Counselor Education and Supervision program's dissertation handbook to write and defend a successful document.

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Program Outline

Students with a CACREP-accredited master’s degree can complete the program in as little as eight semesters. Each student admitted into the cohort takes two classes each term for three terms each year. Students with a non-CACREP degree will have a course-by-course transcript evaluation to determine if any additional courses are needed.

Courses are scheduled in the evening. However, if possible, we suggest that you try to be available during days in order to meet with other students, faculty, and/or attend university events. The doctoral program requires passing written and oral comprehensive examinations and completion of a dissertation.

Fully Accredited

The Illinois Board of Higher Education and CACREP have approved the doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Applications are accepted until January 15 for a Fall semester start.


Prerequisites are met with a CACREP-accredited master's degree. For non-CACREP programs, the following prerequisites must be met:

COUN 6610 Research and Assessment (3)
COUN 6600 Professional Orientation and Ethical Standards for Counselors (3)
COUN 7620 Life Span Developmental Issues (3)
COUN 6630 Counseling Theories (3)
COUN 7720 Social and Cultural Foundations (3)
COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)
COUN 7730 Life Style and Career Development (3)
COUN 7810 Beginning Counseling and Human Relations Skills (3)
COUN 8811 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
COUN 7847 Group Dynamics and Intervention (3)
COUN 7855 Assessment and Treatment Planning (3)


Professional Identity, Roles, and Ethics (12)
COUN 9301 Professional Identity in Counselor Education and Supervision (3)
COUN 9330 Advanced Counseling Theory (3)
COUN 9365 Supervision (3)
PSYC 8501 Teaching in Psychology and Counseling (3)

Practicum (6)
COUN 9360 Advanced Counseling Skills Practicum I (3)
COUN 9361 Advanced Counseling Skills Practicum II (3)

Multicultural (3)
COUN 9320 Advanced Issues in Diversity (3)

Research (9)
STAT 8260 Advanced Statistics (3)
PSYC 8549 Advanced Research Seminar (3)
COUN 8826 Research Literature in Counseling and Psychology (3)
COUN 9370 Qualitative Research Design (3)

Internship (6)
COUN 9990 Internship I (3)
COUN 9991 Internship II (3)

Dissertation (9)
COUN 9999 Dissertation Project (3 for a total of 9 credits)

Total 48 hours

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: January 15

  1. Go to the admission's portal, begin the application process.  Complete both the GSU and supplemental (doctorate) applications, and pay the $75 fee.

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  2. Upload a statement describing personal and professional goals for seeking a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and a vita or resume summarizing prior education, employment history and pertinent professional activities.

  3. Request official transcript showing earned (or anticipated) master's degree in counseling, psychology, addictions (with a counseling concentration) from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  4. Submit proof of having taken the Graduate Record (GRE) Exam within the previous five years. Unofficial GRE scores for verbal and quantitative sections are accepted with application however, the complete and official GRE scores are required before admission. Combined verbal and quantitative score of 302 points and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section are suggested.

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  5. Submit three letters of recommendation by professionals who hold doctorates or master's degrees in counseling or related fields.

  6. After the application review, a select number of applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Admission is competitive.

Required Exams

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    This exam is required. Students will take the General Test, with a suggested total score of 302 and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Registration information for the test, study guides and practice questions can be found at Scores must be included in the application packet and must be within five years of the application deadline.

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If you have any questions regarding the application process for the Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision program, please reach out to the following contacts:

Dr. Kent Provost
Doctor of Counseling Coordinator & Assistant Professor  - G322 - 708-534-4373

Note: Faculty advisors will be assigned once students are admitted in the program.

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