University of Tennessee

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Counselor Education, PhD


1618 Cumberland Ave.

College of Social Work Henson Hall

Knoxville, TN 37996

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Counselor Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education program at the University of Tennessee prepares experienced counseling professionals from all parts of the world who wish to advance their careers in the education, supervision, and research of counselors. The program is accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and graduates receive their Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education. The doctoral program is for those individuals with professional experience in the helping professions who have completed a master’s degree in counseling or counseling-related fields. Its purpose is to equip those who aspire to counseling-related professions. These professions include, but are not limited to the following: (1) college, university, or community college teaching and research positions in Counselor Education or related fields; (2) supervisory leadership positions in schools, community agencies, state departments of education; (3) counseling positions in student development programs and counseling centers in higher education; (4) private mental health counseling/consultation practice; and/or (5) employee assistance positions. The faculty members expect that graduates of the Ph.D. program will pursue careers in scholarly research, counseling, consulting, and teaching at the university level or work as supervisors of other professional counselors. Faculty members utilize a scientist-practitioner model. By combining a theoretical approach with practicum and internship opportunities, students develop their counseling, teaching, supervisory, leadership, advocacy, and research skills. The doctoral program requires course work, practicum, internship, and dissertation hours of study beyond the master’s degree. Students of the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education will work toward endorsement for counseling licensure, if licensure has not been received prior to entering the doctoral program. During the program, doctoral students will review the necessary criteria for the license they seek and will plan their programs to meet those criteria.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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