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Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.

Advance in the growing mental health field as an effective counselor educator, clinical supervisor, researcher or clinician.

Through theoretical and didactic content, along with practical and experiential activities, you will be instructed intensively in counseling pedagogy, clinical supervision, advanced counseling theory and techniques, quantitative and qualitative research methodology and social justice and advocacy standards. You will be prepared to:

  • Teach in graduate counseling programs
  • Use advanced counseling skills with client populations
  • Supervise master’s-level counseling students and post-master’s counselors in need of licensure supervision
  • Conduct high-quality and meaningful research
  • Advocate for students, clients and the counseling profession

At A Glance

Program: Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
Audience: Graduate students
Format: Hybrid (face-to-face and online)
Next Start Date: Fall 2025
Cost: $990/credit
Time to Completion Three years

“As mental health continues to take priority for many, well-trained clinical mental health counselors are in demand. Doctoral students’ investment in learning to teach, provide clinical supervision and mentor the new generation of counselors is a privilege with the potential for exponential results.”

David Martinson, Ph.D. LPC
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Professor and Chair of Immaculata’s Department of Psychology and Counseling

Career Outlook

Sample job titles and settings include:

  • Counselor educator or faculty member in a university
  • Clinical supervisor, clinician or supervisor in a hospital, outpatient mental health or substance abuse center, residential facility, health care facility or private practice
  • Researcher
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counseling is projected to grow 18%, much faster than average, over the next decade. Median salaries may range from $53,710 for mental health clinicians to $84,380 for academic faculty.



Program Highlights
  • Hybrid delivery for working professionals—Pursue this Ph.D. with a blend of evening and weekend courses offered through online synchronous and face-to-face formats.
  • Three-year program—Experiential and research-based components are integrated throughout the course sequencing, allowing you to complete the degree in as little as three years.
  • Collaborative cohort model—Small class sizes provide a personalized experience while building your professional network.
  • Affordability—Immaculata offers competitive tuition, with financial aid and graduate assistantship positions.  
  • Internships—Gain hands-on experience working in clinical, educational and supervisory settings via three 200-hour internships. Through our CACREP-accredited M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you can engage in supervision and teaching experiences on site at Immaculata University.
  • Research—Develop conceptual knowledge regarding a novel topic and acquire an in-depth understanding of the construct through research theory, methodology, strategies and application through the completion of the dissertation study.
  • Faculty expertise—Learn from professors with Ph.D.s in Counselor Education and Supervision from CACREP-accredited programs with years of professional experience teaching in counseling programs, engaging in clinical supervision and creating, writing and presenting on novel research:
  • Accreditation—The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is structured and built upon the five pillars of knowledge and application set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which are counseling, teaching, scholarship and research, supervision, and leadership/advocacy, in preparation for seeking accreditation. Immaculata University will apply for CACREP accreditation once students have been admitted into the program and the University has collected ample program evaluation data as required. The Ph.D. program will use the same structure and evaluation matrix as Immaculata’s already CACREP-accredited clinical mental health counseling program.
Course Overview

63 total credits

  • CESD 701: Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counselor Education and Supervision (3 credits)
  • CESD 702: Professional and Technical Writing for Counselor Education and Supervision (3 credits)
  • CESD 703: Advanced Clinical Counseling Theory (3 credits)
  • CESD 704: Counseling Supervision (3 credits)
  • CESD 705: Counselor Education Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • CESD 706: Qualitative Research I (3 credits)
  • CESD 707: Quantitative Research I (3 credits)
  • CESD 708: Quantitative Research II (3 credits)
  • CESD 709: Diverse Leadership in Counselor Education and Supervision (3 credits)
  • CESD 710: Clinical Counseling Internship* (min. 200 hours; 3 credits)
  • CESD 711: Counselor Education Internship* (min. 200 hours; 3 credits)
  • CESD 712: Counselor Supervision Internship* (min. 200 hours; 3 credits)
  • CESD 713: Advanced Assessment in Counselor Education and Supervision (3 credits)
  • CESD 714: Current Issues in Higher Education for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (3 credits)
  • CESD 715: Qualitative Research II (3 credits)
  • CESD 716: Counselor Education and Supervision Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)
  • CESD 720: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Seminar (3 credits)
  • CESD 721: School Counseling Seminar (3 credits)
  • CESD 722: Addiction Counseling Seminar (3 credits)
  • CESD 723: Student Affairs Counseling Seminar (3 credits)
  • CESD 724: Program Evaluation and Consultation (3 credits)
  • CESD 798: Counselor Education and Supervision Comprehensive Examination (0 credits)
  • CESD 700: Counselor Education and Supervision Continuing Dissertation (1 credit)
Student Learning Outcomes
  • Apply the integration of evidence-based theories to the conceptualization, interventions and personalization of clients while attending to multicultural competencies and being conscious of clinical effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical evidence-based theoretical framework and models of counseling supervision through multimodal structures while attending to multicultural competencies and being conscious of clinical effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate understanding through application of roles and responsibilities of being an effective counselor educator by using evidence-based pedagogy and multicultural applications for classroom effectiveness.
  • Employ the consumption and creation of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research and data analysis through scholarship activities and creation of creative scholarship through action research.
  • Demonstrate understanding of leadership and advocacy models and the application to professional organizations, consultation and clients at the individual, system and policy levels.
Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants must possess a master’s degree in counseling or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution meeting master’s level academic requirements. While completion of a CACREP-accredited program is preferred, it is not required. Students with a master’s degree in counseling from a non-CACREP-accredited program may have to complete additional courses at the master’s level, as determined by the program director and department chair.

Applications are due January 15 for fall admission. View complete admission requirements.


Ryan Bowers, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CAADC

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Program Director

(610) 647-4400 3701


credits can be completed in as little as three years

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