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The Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Counseling is intended to prepare professional counselors to provide leadership in the profession of counseling. Counseling leaders must be excellent counselors, supervisors, teachers, researchers, and scholars. The program is designed to enhance the counseling skills of doctoral students, prepare counselors for the roles of clinical and administrative supervision, develop the teaching skills of students, teach students to conduct research, and prepare students to become counseling scholars. The program prepares doctoral students to become university faculty members in counselor education programs and leaders in a variety of counseling specializations (e.g., clinical mental health counseling, school counseling).
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Study full-time or part-time
Full-time students usually complete their degree in three years
Part-time students usually complete their degree in four years
Opportunities for research collaboration with nationally-known counseling faculty
Graduates from this major have gone to work at
This course provides an opportunity to learn one's personal style for supervision, to have supervised field supervision experiences and to gain an understanding of the different models of supervision. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling Graduate Program or graduate director approval; COUN 601, COUN 669.
This course prepares students to teach counseling and related courses. Topics covered are learning theories, retention of material, motivation, classroom instructional strategies and techniques, and assessment of learning from the core learning expectations.
THIS COURSE REQUIRES A COMPLETED ODU CLEARANCE/BACKGROUND CHECK PRIOR TO ENTERING A SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY AGENCY WWW.ODU.EDU/TES FOR CLEARANCE PROCEDURES. TAKES 8 WEEKS
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Counseling should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program in Counseling must have a master's degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) or the equivalent. Admitted individuals who do not have a CACREP-accredited master's degree in counseling must complete any missing master’s level coursework as part of their doctoral program of study as a part of their Ph.D. program.
Upon reviewing application materials, counseling faculty will make a decision on each applicant’s potential for success and fit for the doctoral program. Then, applicants will be invited to the following processes:
Ethical Dilemma Writing Sample: Applicant will be given an hour to respond to an ethical dilemma at a designated day and time.
Live Interview: Applicant will attend a 30-minute online interview with a minimum of three faculty members.
Fall, Spring & Summer: October 1
International: October 1
Based on transcripts from all prior graduate programs
Minimum two, maximum three recommendation letters. If possible, include one from a former instructor in your master's program, and one from your internship or job supervisor (letters from others are also acceptable).
Write and submit an original double-spaced 3 to 5 page essay that will be reviewed for content and will be used to judge your written communication skills. Your essay should include a summary of your work experiences, reasons for wanting a Ph.D. in Counseling at ODU, evidence of cultural sensitivity and awareness, how you believe you have been, or will be a leader and advocate for the counseling profession, and ideas about scholarship you might pursue in your doctoral program (e.g., dissertation).
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
Students who study full-time often are awarded assistantships which include tuition waivers.
Students who study part-time are eligible for student loans.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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