Counselor Education and Supervision

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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 requirement
  • Graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships
  • A customized area of study through the cognate area

A defining characteristic of the Ph.D. 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.

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. 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. Many graduates find employment as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and leaders in the field.

*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.

Learn more about our Counselor Education and Supervision program

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Meet Our Professors

Faculty members experienced in the counseling profession challenge and guide candidates to become teachers and mentors of fellow counselors.

The flexibility of being able to determine and create my own cognate area that aligned with my professional goals really inspired me to apply to the program.

Leah Howard, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision ’22

I chose Mercer University for my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision because I respect the faculty and I felt Mercer gave me what I needed to begin my journey towards becoming a professional counselor. I also enjoy the feeling of having community, which is emphasized throughout this program.

Danielle Dunkley, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision ’22

Through a trip to Uganda, Africa last March with Mercer University, I became aware of the global focus of Mercer and study abroad opportunities. Since I focus primarily on trauma and international work, learning of these opportunities solidified my interest in Mercer’s Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Elizabeth Norris, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision ’21

Mercer creates an environment where healthy relationships are engrained in every fiber of your experience. From the students to the faculty to the community, I loved the relationships that were fostered during my time at Mercer. As a school counselor, I wanted to hold a position where I could be a change agent and an advocate for 21st century school counselors. Obtaining this degree was the key that opened the door for me to lead school counselors both at the micro and macro levels within a school district.

Necole Bryant, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision ’18

The curriculum was well-rounded and created in me a sense of pride for my profession that I had never felt previously. For the first time, I had a seat at the table where policy decisions were being created and accomplished researchers and authors were blazing new paths for therapeutic work. Without Mercer, I don’t think such opportunities would have availed themselves.

Shantel Francis, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision ’17