graduate program Counselor Education and Practice Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in counselor education and practice is a broad program that allows for specialization in the areas of college counseling, counselor education, marriage and family counseling, clinical mental health counseling, play therapy, school counseling, student personnel work and rehabilitation counseling.

This program is an on-campus learning experience that gives students a broad base of intellectual and interpersonal experiences in human growth and development, psychological assessment, group processes, behavioral change strategies, advocacy and leadership, multicultural counseling competence and other areas of special interest.

CACREP logoDoctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences. Doctoral students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a "scientist-practitioner" model and should be both consumer and producer of research. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

  • While completing the coursework, candidates are required to spend a minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate work in residence; excluding dissertation.
  • Upon completion of the course work and a one-year required internship, the candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive examination, referred to as the Preliminary Examination, constructed and evaluated by the Ph.D. Counselor Education and Practice faculty.
  • Upon successful completion of the Preliminary Examination, the student organizes and presents a prospectus to his/her doctoral committee.
  • Upon approval of the prospectus, the student conducts the study and defends the dissertation in the presence of the doctoral committee, students and other university personnel.

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