Here, you bridge counseling expertise with advanced practice and leadership.
See our catalog page for the latest program requirements.The purpose of a Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral degree is to produce advanced clinicians, supervisors, competent researchers and educators. This rigorous program includes experiences in clinical work, teaching, supervision, research and advocacy. In addition, students gain a strong background in education and counseling theory.
For more information, contact the Academic Advisor Jeanetta G. Edwards.
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Program Outline - Counselor Education and Supervision, Ed.D
Students with a CACREP-accredited master’s degree can complete the program in as little as eight semesters. Each student admitted into the cohort takes two classes each term for three terms each year. Students with a non-CACREP degree will have a course-by-course transcript evaluation to determine if any additional courses are needed.
Courses are scheduled in the evening. However, if possible, we suggest that you try to be available during days in order to meet with other students, faculty, and/or attend university events. The doctoral program requires passing written and oral comprehensive examinations and completion of a capstone project.
The Illinois Board of Higher Education and CACREP have approved the doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Applications are accepted until January 15 for a Fall semester start.
See our catalog page for the latest program requirements.
(Prerequisites are met with a CACREP-accredited master's degree).
For non-CACREP programs, the following prerequisites must be met:
COUN 6610 Research and Assessment (3)
COUN 6600 Professional Orientation and Ethical Standards for Counselors (3)
COUN 7620 Life Span Developmental Issues (3)
COUN 6630 Counseling Theories (3)
COUN 7720 Social and Cultural Foundations (3)
COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)
COUN 7730 Life Style and Career Development (3)
COUN 7810 Beginning Counseling and Human Relations Skills (3)
COUN 8811 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
COUN 7847 Group Dynamics and Intervention (3)
COUN 7855 Assessment and Treatment Planning (3)
Professional Identity, Roles, and Ethics (12)
COUN 9301 Professional Identity in Counselor Education and Supervision (3)
COUN 9330 Advanced Counseling Theory (3)
COUN 9365 Supervision (3)
PSYC 8501 Teaching in Psychology and Counseling (3)
COUN 9360 Advanced Counseling Skills Practicum I (3)
COUN 9361 Advanced Counseling Skills Practicum II (3)
Human Development and Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
PSYC 6229 Advanced Human Development (3)
COUN 9320 Advanced Issues in Diversity (3)
STAT 8260 Advanced Statistics (3)
PSYC 8549 Advanced Research Seminar (3)
COUN 8826 Research Literature in Counseling and Psychology (3)
COUN 9990 Internship I (3)
COUN 9991 Internship II (3)
Capstone Projects/Dissertation (9)
COUN 9999 Capstone/dissertation project (3 for a total of 9 credits)
Total 48 hours
1. Fill out the GSU Doctorate application. Include the $75 fee for this application.
2. In addition, fill out the separate Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision application required for the Division of Psychology & Counseling (no fee required).
3. Submit a statement describing personal and professional goals for seeking an Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, and a vita or resume summarizing prior education, employment history and pertinent professional activities.
4. Submit official transcripts: (1) all undergraduate transcripts and (2) transcript showing earned (or anticipated) master's degree in counseling or closely related field from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
5. Submit proof of having taken the Graduate Record Examwithin the previous five years. Unofficial GRE scores for verbal and quantitative sections are accepted with application however, the complete and official GRE scores are required before admission. Combined verbal and quantitative score of 302 points and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section are suggested.
6. Submit three letters of recommendation by professionals who hold doctorates or master's degrees in counseling or related fields.
Please send or drop off the materials (preferably as one packet) to:
Jeanetta Edwards, Academic Advisor (G384)
Division of Psychology & Counseling
Governors State University
One University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484
Deadline: January 15
After the application review, a select number of applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Admission is competitive.
GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- This exam is required. Students will take the General Test, with a suggested total score of 302 and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Registration information for the test, study guides and practice questions can be found at www.ets.org/gre. Scores must be included in the application packet and must be within five years of the application deadline.
For more information about the admissions criteria and application process, contact:
Jeanetta Edwards, Counseling Advisor
Division of Psychology and Counseling
College of Education
Note: Faculty advisors will be assigned once students are admitted in the program.
Dr. Sonya Lorelle, Counselor Education and Supervision Program Coordinator
As a faculty member of the Counselor Education and Supervision Ed.D. program, I am proud of the extent of our collective dedication to student growth. We offer mentorship in personal and approachable ways and provide opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom, such as brown bag lunches to help prepare for comps, research teams, and collaborating with students through opportunities in co-teaching, co-presenting, and co-writing for conferences and publications. The program focuses on diversity—a topic that is woven throughout the curriculum. Students prepare advocacy projects in class and can take advantage of hands-on experience with diversity through international study abroad opportunities. The curriculum addresses all areas of the CACREP, and its cohort model benefits students tremendously as they develop a bond and support that helps them grow professionally throughout the program.
Leslie Contos, Counselor Education and Supervision student
As a CES student, I am part of a cohesive cohort of smart and caring students who are my second family. My cohort attends classes on Tuesday evenings, allowing us to balance work and school at the same time. Professors in the program are caring and actively engaged and not only teach but model excellence in counselor education, qualities which are reflected in GSU’s CACREP accreditation When I hear a master’s level student talking about possible doctoral programs, I enthusiastically share how much I love this program, the faculty, and students. I witness doors opening as I watch alumni of the program find positions teaching at area universities. I expect the connections I make in this program will last a lifetime, and I am honored to be a part of the story of GSU.