The Counseling program at the University of North Texas has a national reputation for developing highly competent professionals through education, research and service.
Our Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling stimulates student inquiry and develops advanced knowledge and counseling skills. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to work as a(n):
- Counselor educator
- Counselor supervisor
- Advanced counseling practitioner
- Director of guidance and counseling programs in schools, researchers and administrators
Our academic core focuses on counseling and counseling-related areas while providing flexibility for you to develop a specialization.
A recent emphasis in the program is on preparing counselor educators to work at the university level.
The program is both theoretical and experiential. You'll participate in a six-semester, on-campus clinical experience to complete doctoral-level practicum and internship experiences. You'll also complete a portfolio that demonstrates your teaching, supervision, research and leadership skills.
All students are required to be state-licensed or seek licensure as professional counselors.
Outstanding student support
The university provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
A Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
Gain new perspectives
Many faculty members are recognized experts in their field. They've earned recognitions from the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Texas Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota international honor society. Their research interests include:
- Addictions counseling
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Crisis intervention
- Multicultural issues
- Near-death experiences and spiritual transformation
- Play therapy
- Professional issues in counselor education
- Veterans' issues
The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 510; Alexandria, Va. 22314; telephone 703-535-5990). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence. We've also received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Outstanding Program Award and its Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award multiple times.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). The college is also one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.