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General Counselor Education and Supervision Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

School of Counseling and Human Services

Prepare to Lead, Educate, and Inspire Counselors

As a counselor, you know how important mentors and positive professional role models can be. Capella University offers groundbreaking online learning combined with in-person experiences that can help you develop your inner mentor and advance as a leader in counseling.

Our CACREP-accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program can assist you as you advance as a leader, educator, and researcher. This program offers you a way to practice real-world application of theories while building your skills in counseling, teaching, research, leadership, and supervision.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 9 Core Courses
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • 3 Residencies
  • Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • Dissertation
  • CACREP Accredited

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

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PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision Program Highlights

Integrative Doctoral Experience

Your doctoral program is designed to prepare you for success from the beginning, with built-in experiences to help you make progress toward your dissertation.

Professionally Credible Program

This CACREP-accredited program offers curriculum designed around professional standards for counseling education.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.


Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision.

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Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment.

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Strategic Alignment

Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles, and ethical standards of national, regional, and state professional counseling associations and honor societies.

Our Unique Doctoral Structure

Our PhD in General Counselor Education and Supervision program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

Meet Your Counseling Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. Our faculty include:

Amber Lange, PhD, LPC, CAAC, NCC

Faculty Chair, Counselor Education and Supervision

Marilyn Montgomery, PhD, LPC

Core Faculty, Counselor Education and Supervision

Amie Manis, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Core Faculty, Counselor Education and Supervision

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$697 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

PhD in Counseling, Counselor Education & Supervision—Sample Courses

Your work toward completion of this CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision PhD features an in-depth study of doctoral-level instructional delivery in advanced counseling practice/therapy, counseling supervision, teaching, research, leadership, and advocacy. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

Course Number Course Title
CES8004 Advanced Research in Human Development
CES8110 Foundations of Advanced Social Science Research and Design
CES8120 Quantitative Methods for Counselor Education Research
CES8722 Counselor Supervision
CES8776 Leadership and Advocacy

What You’ll Learn

Augment your capacity for teaching and mentoring other counselors. Earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision can help you prepare to lead, teach, and conduct research in this field.

  • Lead and advocate for inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.
  • Evaluate and contribute to current counseling theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to personal and professional development.

  • Embrace diversity as a core aspect of the counseling profession.
  • Contribute valid, reliable, and ethical research to expand your influence.
  • Adopt critical thinking and writing to counselor education and supervision practice.

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision—Career Insights

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, & Social Work

An overview of similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities in these related fields.

Education in the Field: Practica & Internships at Capella

Learning options like practica and internships provide hands-on, in-person experiences to solidify knowledge.

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision—Professional Paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Counselor educator
  • Adjunct or part-time counseling faculty
  • Full-time counseling faculty
  • Counselor supervisor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based and online college or university
  • College counseling center
  • Community mental health center
  • Family service agency
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency
  • Military
  • Private/group practice
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Prison
  • Hospital

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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