Here, you bridge counseling expertise with advanced practice and leadership.
Counseling educators and supervisors shape the field by leading
and mentoring current and future counselors. Governors State’s Doctor of Education in Counselor Education
and Supervision (Ed.D.) prepares experienced counselors for opportunities
in the fields of higher education and advanced clinical practice in
professional counseling and supervision. A foundation in education and
counseling theory combined with clinical work, teaching, supervision, research, and
advocacy will equip you to lead, represent, and empower counselors in the
program, you will be part of a cohort that receives opportunities for personalized
student-faculty collaboration and research. Our curriculum is structured around
the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational
Programs (CACREP) standards for doctoral programs. Graduates of the C.E.S.
program provide leadership in counselor education programs and have the
opportunity to shape practitioners of tomorrow.
Reach your career
Ed.D. degree prepares experienced counselors to become influential instructors
and leaders by strengthening leadership skills and increasing expertise in the areas
of teaching, supervision, research, theory, and professional identity, among
others. Specialization in your area of interest and the development of a
scholarship agenda creates opportunities to have a meaningful impact on the
counseling profession and practice.
Why get an Ed.D. in Counselor
Education and Supervision?
With an advanced graduate degree in counseling,
you will be qualified to teach at the college level or supervise counselors in
a clinical setting. Your impact on individuals, families, and communities will
be even greater as you develop innovative leadership skills. Learn first-hand
from C.E.S. faculty members—practitioner-scholars whose expertise spans
multicultural, family, military, school, children and play therapy, trauma and
crisis, research and assessment, and international counseling.
Earn your Ed.D. in as little as eight semesters. Governors
State’s 48 credit hour Counseling Education and Supervision doctoral program is
offered during evening classes to accommodate working professionals.
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.