Here, you bridge counseling expertise with advanced practice and leadership.

See our catalog page for the latest program requirements.You can also get detailed information by viewing our doctoral & dissertation handbooks - just follow the link.  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 Graduate Academic Advisor Jeanetta G. Edwards.


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. 

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 Dissertation Project (3 for a total of 9 credits) 

      Total 48 hours

      Application Requirements

      Application Deadline: January 15

      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, psychology, addictions (with a counseling concentration) 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, NCC, LCPC
      Graduate Academic Advisor (G384) 
      Division of Psychology & Counseling 
      Governors State University
      One University Parkway
      University Park, IL 60484


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


      Jeanetta Edwards, NCC, LCPC
      Graduate Academic Advisor 
      Division of Psychology and Counseling 
      College of Education 
      Phone: 708.534.4973 


      Dr. Roseina Britton
      Doctor of Counseling Coordinator & Associate Professor


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

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        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.

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        Jacob Santhouse, Counselor Education and Supervision student

        My time at GSU has been incredibly formative. During my time in the program, I developed strong relationships with fellow students and faculty members. I think one of the greatest strengths of the counseling program is the faculty. They were personally invested in me and my growth as a counselor, an educator, and a person. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from and alongside individuals that I respect and that has given me an excellent foundation for my future.

      • RossanaSierra-Swiech

        Rossana Sierra-Swiech, Counselor Education and Supervision student

        It has been a blessing and a privilege to be a student in the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at Governor State University. The program has provided a unique academic structure that has challenged me to grow educationally, professionally, and personally. The professors are caring and genuinely interested in the students' growth as they promote open communication and critical thinking in the classroom. Furthermore, the program has provided opportunities for professional service, leadership experience, and conference presentations. I am thankful for the counselor education program because it has helped me to solidify my professional identity and development.

      Accreditation and Student Outcomes

      Accreditation and Student Outcomes

      GSU's Counseling Program is CACREP accredited. View the vital statistics report.

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