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

The Program

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.


Fully Accredited

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. 



(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)

      The Courses

      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)

      Practicum (6)

      COUN 9360 Advanced Counseling Skills Practicum I (3)

      COUN 9361 Advanced Counseling Skills Practicum II (3)

      Multicultural (3)  

      COUN 9320 Advanced Issues in Diversity (3) 

      Research (9) 

      STAT 8260 Advanced Statistics (3)

      PSYC 8549 Advanced Research Seminar (3)

      COUN 8826 Research Literature in Counseling and Psychology (3) 

      COUN 9370 Qualitative Research Design (3)

      Internship (6) 

      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

      Application Materials

      Application Requirements

      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.

      Required Exams

      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 Scores must be included in the application packet and must be within five years of the application deadline.

      Contact Us

      For more information about the admissions criteria and application process, contact:

      Jeanetta Edwards, Counseling Advisor
      Division of Psychology and Counseling
      College of Education
      Phone: 708.534.4973

      Note: Faculty advisors will be assigned once students are admitted in the program.