Program Objectives

The doctoral program builds on the entry level competencies of the master's degree in counseling or rehabilitation counseling and includes didactic and experiential learning. The program consists of approximately 96 graduate course credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, and 9-15 dissertation credits. Students must complete a minimum of 48 semester credits of course work (excluding dissertation) at Syracuse University. The doctoral program of study also includes a cognate area of study involving at least nine semester credits (usually completed outside the department).

The curriculum follows standards established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) regarding:

  • advanced study of theory and practice of counseling, systems analysis, and consultation
  • theory and practice of clinical supervision
  • instructional theory and practice within the counselor education context
  • social and cultural contexts for practice
  • advanced research methodologies and assessment
  • the application of technology to the teaching and practice of counseling
  • leadership and advocacy practices
  • technical competence in teaching and service delivery

These content areas are covered through required classes and seminars, and through designed internship experiences in clinical settings, teaching of master's level courses, and supervision of master's level practicum/internships. Cognate areas will be chosen to either complement the student's master's preparation or to further develop a chosen area of emphasis.

In addition to all objectives identified for the relevant Department master's program(s), graduates of the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision will:

  • Demonstrate a high level of competence as a practicing professional counselor
  • Manifest advanced expertise in diversity and sociocultural matters
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the area of clinical supervision
  • Possess the requisite skills to contribute to the body of knowledge in professional counseling through scholarly research and writing
  • Demonstrate advanced skill in assessment within at least one specific context
  • Demonstrate advanced competence in theory construction including philosophical premises that relate to particular theories
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of technology for teaching, supervision, research, and practice
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the counseling profession, including its history, philosophy, and unique contributions
  • Develop a specialty within or related to the counseling profession
  • Demonstrate pedagogical competence in delivering counselor education curricula
  • Display the highest level of professional ethics and personal integrity
  • Address and contribute to issues of professional leadership and advocacy