Counselor Education and Supervision
College of Professional Advancement
Teach, mentor, and inspire fellow counselors
Mercer University’s CACREP-Accredited* Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision challenges and prepares candidates for roles as advocates, consultants, and practitioners in the counseling field. With an emphasis on the client-counselor relationship and creative and experiential modalities in counseling, individuals develop expertise in research, modelling, and theory application. In addition to submitting a dissertation, this comprehensive Ph.D. curriculum requires relevant internship and field experiences, an immersive one-year residency, and graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships. Students develop both practitioner and research skills through five areas of study:
- Leadership and Advocacy
- Research and Scholarship
A defining characteristic of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Mercer University is the cohort model. A cohort typically refers to a group of students that enter a program together and remain together throughout its duration. This model allows students to experience a stable and supportive group of similarly talented classmates that will support and enhance your success in the program. The cohort also fosters collegial relationships that will grow your professional network.
Graduates of the program are effective, high-quality educators and are qualified to prepare the next generation of counselors. While in the program, all students receive the Mercer University Certificate in Online Course Design and Delivery, which consists of training to utilize technology while teaching both in person and online.
Designed for busy and working adults
The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision admits students to Mercer’s Atlanta campus each August, with classes meeting one evening per week. Students are immersed in diverse settings in the classroom and beyond in the city of Atlanta. There are two 16-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and one eight-week term during the summer session. Students must attend classes full time for the first 30 hours of the program to establish residency. During this period, students form their research agenda and work with faculty on research, supervision, teaching, and extramural funding.
Graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships may be available for eligible students. After establishing residency, candidates may attend part time to complete field work or participate in other counseling opportunities. Most students complete the coursework, internship, and dissertation in three to five years.
Step into what’s next in your counseling career
Candidates who demonstrate mastery in the counseling field and complete and defend a dissertation qualify to complete the Ph.D. program. Graduates work as faculty members in university counseling programs across the country, clinical directors, lead supervisors for agencies, and administrators in a variety of educational or counseling contexts. They are seen as leaders in the field who advance the important issues related to counseling, social justice, and mental health.
*The Counselor Education and Supervision program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Visit our Outcomes page to learn more.