Ph.D. - Counselor Education
The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education is designed to prepare students for counseling, teaching, and research roles in community or government agencies, colleges, secondary schools and human services programs, as practitioners, supervisory personnel, or administrators of counseling and personnel services. Students choose an area of concentration within the program (school counseling, grief counseling, rehabilitation counseling, family counseling, etc.).
The goals for the doctorate in Counselor Education include the provision of experiences which prepare graduates to teach, supervise, conduct research, and participate in service activities related to the preparation of counselors and the advancement of the counseling profession. Students are expected to develop competencies for leadership and instructional roles in counselor education and supervision, advanced counseling practice, and research. Although students are provided training in teaching, assessment, supervision, research, and intervention, the basic intent of the program is to enhance students' already established knowledge, skills, and ethical standards in the field of counseling.
Interaction among students is encouraged since many students have years of experience. At UB, we understand that much learning comes through peer interaction. The program stresses research and counseling and includes skills training as the model for preparation.
The minimum requirement, stated by the UB Graduate School, for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education is 72 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. At least 48 of the hours must be taken at UB. Dissertation credit is not included in the minimum standard.
Students can enter the program from varied backgrounds. Each student's program will be based upon the preparation he or she has and courses will be selected, in concert with an advisor, to meet individual student needs. This may mean taking some master's level courses and nearly always results in a program in excess of 72 hours beyond the bachelor's degree.
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