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Prerequisites and Program Requirements


  1. Related master's degree

    Applicants should possess a master’s degree in counseling or a related field containing at least the following courses or their equivalents:

    • Group Counseling

    • Counseling Theory and Method

    • Career Development and Counseling

    • Individual Counseling Skills and Procedures

    • Multicultural Counseling

    • Use of Assessments in Counseling

    • Research in Counseling

    • Evidence of coursework addressing human growth and  development, as well as the professional identity of counselors.

    • Counseling experiences in the form of supervised practicum and internship.

  2. Relevant experience

    Because the program is designed for individuals who assume responsibility for supervising and/or training counselors, experience provides the foundation for further professional development. Amount, type, and degree of applicant experience in professional counseling and/or related experience will be closely evaluated for admission.

A deficiency in one or more of the above course content areas must be made up by the time of the qualifying examination. These courses may not be used to fulfill any of the remaining doctoral degree core course requirements. The Graduate School will grant 30 credits from the master’s degree toward the doctoral program.


Course Requirements

Counselor Education Core Requirements (36 credits)
CNED 502  Advanced Counseling Theory (3 cr.)
CNED 554  Multicultural Counseling (3 cr.)
CNED 555  Career Counseling (3 cr.)
CNED 580  Foundations: History & Trends (3 cr.)
CNED 581  Professional Issues (3 cr.)
CNED 582  Advanced Group Psychotherapy (3 cr.)
CNED 589  Seminar on Counseling Supervision (3 cr.)
CNED 595D  Supervision of Counselors (3 cr.)
CNED 595I  Doctoral Internship (6 cr.)*
CNED 595P  Counseling Practicum (3 cr.)*
CNED 595P.2  Doctoral Practicum in Career Counseling (3 cr.)*

*Students are required to keep a log documenting their practicum and internship hours.

Empirical Foundations (15 credits)
A minimum of 15 post-master’s credits will be devoted to enhancing competence in conducting research and evaluating programs. The following three topics must be covered: quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, research seminar. Program evaluation is an optional study area which can be taken to enhance overall skill set if desired. Students are welcome to take any courses that fulfill the topic requirements. Students should check the PSU website to see when and how often these courses are offered.
1. Quantitative research methods (6 credits minimum)
2. Qualitative research methods (3 credits minimum)
3. Research seminar- CNED 594 (3 credits minimum)
4. Program evaluation (3 credits) (optional)
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500-599 and 800-899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements. Courses below 400 level may not.

Minor Area of Study (15 credits)
A minimum of 15 master’s and post-master’s credits will need to be completed in a group of general studies or a specific discipline (e.g., psychology, gerontology) outside of Counselor Education. These courses should be chosen to complement one’s counseling specialty area in a meaningful way and will be approved by the student’s committee chair/adviser. At least one faculty member from the minor area must be on the student’s doctoral committee.

Dissertation (variable credits)
To ensure that students have met the 96 total credits required by CACREP and to remain continuously registered per Graduate School requirements, students may complete dissertation or elective credits. Students should discuss these options with their academic adviser to see which is their best option. Students will develop and implement a dissertation research project designed to generate new knowledge for the counseling profession.

Total Credits Required
36: CNED Core Requirements  
15: Empirical Foundations        
15: Minor Area of Study           
66: Subtotal                            
30: Plus Master’s credits