Counselor Education and Supervision

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Counseling

  • Degree

    Ph.D.

  • Location

    Atlanta

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Become a counselor leader with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Mercer University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision will challenge and prepare you for roles as counselor advocate, counselor supervisor, counselor educator, and researcher, as well as being an advanced counseling practitioner.

With an emphasis on the client-counselor relationship and creative and experiential modalities in counseling, Mercer’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program will develop expertise in research, modelling, and theory application. In addition to submitting a dissertation, the comprehensive curriculum includes relevant internship and field experiences, an immersive one-year residency, and graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships.

The Ph.D. in 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.

AT A GLANCE

Format: On Campus, Full Time with Part-Time Option • Start Term: August • Course Length: 16 weeks • Field Experience: 1 year (6 credits) • Completion Time: 3–5 years

 

Choose a supervisory focus in the counselor education and supervision program

As a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision student at Mercer, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to become an advanced counselor, supervisor, and advocate. Through your counselor education studies, you will learn to teach and evaluate graduate-level students in counselor education programs.

Through the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program you will develop both your practitioner and supervisory skills through five areas of study:

  • Counseling
  • Supervision
  • Teaching
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Research and Scholarship

You will also earn the Mercer University Certificate in Online Course Design and Delivery, which consists of training to utilize technology while teaching both in person and online.

A counselor education program for busy and working adults

Mercer’s CACREP accredited Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program enrolls students each August, and classes meet one evening per week on the Atlanta campus. You will be immersed in diverse settings in the classroom and beyond in the city of Atlanta.

As a counselor education and supervision student, you will complete 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, you will form your research agenda and collaborate with faculty on research, supervision, teaching, and developing external funding.

Graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships may be available for eligible students. After establishing residency, you may choose to attend part time to complete your fieldwork or participate in other counseling opportunities. Most students complete the coursework, internship, and dissertation in three to five years.

Learn effectively through Mercer’s cohort model

A defining characteristic of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is the cohort model, which allows a group of students to enter the program together and remain together throughout its duration. This model creates a group of classmates who will support and enhance your success in the program. You will also develop strong relationships that will help grow your professional network.

Course highlights

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision requires a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours of study beyond the master’s degree, including internship and dissertation requirements. Some required core courses include:

  • Advanced Counseling Theories
  • Contemporary Issues in Counselor Education
  • Counseling Supervision Theories and Models
  • Teaching and Pedagogy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Social Justice in Counseling
  • Research Design

You will choose six hours of electives and complete nine credit hours for your dissertation project. In addition, you will complete an internship, earning six credit hours. View program requirements to learn more.

Envision what’s next in your counseling career

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares you to advance your career in the counseling field. Our graduates work as:

  • Faculty members in university counseling programs across the country
  • Clinical directors
  • Lead supervisors for agencies
  • Administrators in a variety of educational or counseling contexts

Mercer graduates are highly respected as leaders in the field who advance the important issues related to counseling, social justice, and mental health.

Learn more about our Counselor Education and Supervision program

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6417 or copa.admissions@mercer.edu for more information.

Learn from experienced faculty

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

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
School Counselor, Liberty County School System

Through a trip to Uganda, Africa 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
Assistant Professor, Denver Seminary

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.

Shatel Francis
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, ’17
Crisis Mental Health Advocate, Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Shatel Francis

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

Mercer has provided me with feedback on recognizing my strengths and also things that can make me stronger. The professors have been so supportive. I really appreciate the autonomy that they allow, while also providing us with the tools we need to be successful.

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

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We’re here to answer your questions and help you through the application process. Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6417 or copa.admissions@mercer.edu.