Degree Program Overview

Welcome to the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education at SHSU! Here is who we are:

  • CACREP accredited to prepare graduates as counselor educators in graduate programs

  • Students can receive special training to be leaders in school counseling programs

  • Our cohort model supports our students to achieve a higher graduation rate than the national average

  • Doctoral students conduct and complete a major research study, called the dissertation, that is related to counseling and that reflect students’ research interests.

  • Develop advanced counseling skills and supervision skills at our counseling clinics located at The Woodlands Center and the main campus in Huntsville

  • Highly dedicated faculty teaching face-to-face and on-line courses at both the main campus and The Woodlands Center

  • Courses structured to accommodate students who work full time.

  • Diverse faculty with a wide range of academic expertise and research interests. Three American Counseling Association fellows. Publish and presentations for national and international associations and conferences. Leadership in state and national associations.

  • Faculty collaborate with students in research, conference presentations, and publications

  • Research and training at the Center for Research and Training in Trauma

  • Certificate in Play Therapy

  • Research and teaching assistantships available. Support for making presentations at conferences in-state and nationally.

Program Components

Cohort Model

The Ph.D. Counselor Education program follows a cohort (group) model, in which students take all core classes with the same group of colleagues throughout the program. Doctoral students feel a strong sense of support from cohort colleagues and completion rates are higher for cohort members.

Coursework

In a typical semester, doctoral students enroll for 6 semester hours or 2 courses. Students have the option of taking 9 semester hours or 3 courses a semester. In order to keep pace with the cohort and make progress in the course sequence, students are expected to take the minimum required 6 semester hours.

Comprehensive Exam

After 6-8 semesters of coursework, students take a comprehensive written examination. In addition to synthesizing course information, students demonstrate competencies in research tools.

Dissertation

Upon completing coursework, a dissertation is required to obtain a doctoral degree. A dissertation is an individual, independent research study that a student conducts under the guidance of a Dissertation Advisor and a committee of two other professors who are familiar with the topic or method of study.

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Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Length 60-72 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials Program Ap Reference Form

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: December 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the program director (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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