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Program Overview


Counseling educators and supervisors shape the field by leading and mentoring current and future counselors. Governors State’s Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.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.

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Reach your career goals

A Ph.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 a Ph.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 Ph.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.


Questions about the Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D. program? Feel free to reach out to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Kent Provost, or the Graduate Academic Advisor, Naomi M. Fenton, to learn more.

Kent B. Provost, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Psychology & Counseling
Program Coordinator & CACREP Liaison
Office Location: G322

Naomi M Fenton 
Graduate Academic Advisor 
Division of Psychology & Counseling 
College of Education 
Office Location: G386 

Governors State University 
1 University Parkway 
University Park, IL 60484 

Students and Alumni Stories

Rossana Sierra-Swiech

Rossana Sierra-Swiech, Current Student

It has been a blessing and a privilege to be a student in the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at Governor State University. The program has provided a unique academic structure that has challenged me to grow educationally, professionally, and personally. The professors are caring and genuinely interested in the students' growth as they promote open communication and critical thinking in the classroom. Furthermore, the program has provided opportunities for professional service, leadership experience, and conference presentations. I am thankful for the counselor education program because it has helped me to solidify my professional identity and development.

Jacob Santhouse

Jacob Santhouse, Current Student

My time at GSU has been incredibly formative. During my time in the program, I developed strong relationships with fellow students and faculty members. I think one of the greatest strengths of the counseling program is the faculty. They were personally invested in me and my growth as a counselor, an educator, and a person. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from and alongside individuals that I respect and that has given me an excellent foundation for my future.

Leslie Contos

Leslie Contos, Class of 2021 Alum

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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Curriculum and Preparation Requirements

Learn more about the Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D. program's curriculum and preparation requirements by visiting the academic catalog.

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Application Requirements

For the program's application requirements, please visit the Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.'s Application Requirements page for a detailed list of all necessary items.

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Explore our counseling scholarship opportunities to help pay your tuition.

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Accreditation and Student Outcomes

To learn more about the College of Education's accreditation and student outcomes, please view the document below for details.

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