The doctoral program at S.U. has clearly defined prerequisites for entry into its program,and a carefully designed (though adequately flexible) course of study for its students.

Prospective doctoral students must demonstrate that they have completed all the required course work in a CACREP master's degree curriculum. Should new students enter the doctoral program with course deficits, they will be able to complete such course work as part of the doctoral program of study.

Required doctoral courses in counseling:

  • COU 800 - Reflexive Leadership in Counselor Ed (3 credits)
  • COU 860 - Advanced Practicum in Counseling (3 credits)
  • COU 872 - Advanced Pedagogy & the Teaching of Group Work (3 credits)
  • COU 874 - Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision (3 credits)
  • COU 876 - Seminar in Ecological Counseling (3 credits)
  • COU 878 - Seminar in Counseling Theory (3 credits)
  • COU 882 - Seminar in Professional Issues (3 credits)
  • COU 950 - Doctoral Internship (6-9 credits)

Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 600 hours of internship activity during their program of study. These hours may be distributed over a number of semesters. Activities that are included in the internship include teaching or co-teaching master's level courses in counselor education or rehabilitation counseling, supervision of individual students in master's level practical/internships in the CACREP programs, and/or counseling assignments in university/school/agency settings. Each doctoral student's internship experience will be planned with the advisor according to the student's prior experience and career plan. Therefore, the weights for each activity may differ across students. Additional internships beyond CACREP standards (e.g., program administration or rehabilitation research) may be taken.

The Research Seminar is open to all doctoral students. Its purpose is two-fold:

  1. to assist entry-level student movement into a scientist-practitioner model by involving them in the research apprenticeship and/or dissertation research planning and activity of the advanced doctoral students
  2. to provide advanced doctoral students a setting in which they can examine and develop strategies for research topic selection and proposal writing

Required courses in statistics and research (choose one track):

  • Qualitative Research Methods (sample sequence):
    • EDU 603 - Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
    • EDP 647 - Statistical Thinking and Applications (3 credits)
    • EDU 810 - Advanced Seminar in Qualitative Methods I (3 credits)
    • EDU 815 - Advanced Seminar in Qualitative Methods II (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (sameple sequence):
    • EDU 601 - Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
    • EDP 647 - Statistical Thinking and Applications (3 credits)
    • EDP 791 - Advanced Seminar in Quantitative Research I (3 credits)
    • COU/EDU 886 - Multivariate Research Methods

Required cognate (minor): 9-12 credits

An area of expertise will be established with 9-12 credits of doctoral level course work. Course work for areas of expertise will be determined by the student in consultation with the doctoral advisor. Although most cognate areas will be completed outside the department (e.g., behavioral psychology, cultural foundations, research, higher education practices, human development, spirituality or women's studies), it is possible to complete a cognate within the department (e.g., group work, clinical supervision, school counseling, rehabilitation counseling).