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Counselor Education

The CACREP accredited Doctoral Program in Counseling prepares leader-scientists skilled in research, teaching, and supervision from an ecological perspective. A focus in the program has been on prevention, community-based school and mental health services, and substance use.  Doctoral graduates are committed to development of their research and teaching potential, in addition to developing skills that enable them to provide service and leadership for diverse populations, emphasizing underserved groups. Candidates selected for inclusion in the program typically possess clinical competence through their Masters program training. This allows the focus of their training to center upon coursework, research and enhancement of teaching skills. Doctoral training also may be focused to augment clinical skills by emphasizing advanced competence in planning, evaluation, change strategies, leadership, teaching and research.


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College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Mei Tang
Phone: 513-556-3716

Student Success Factors

Students typically enter with a goal of engaging in research and teaching. Having good analytical and writing skills are also beneficial to accomplishing learning goals within the program. Creativity and time management are also good skills at the doctoral level.

Career Possibilities

The scientist-practitioner focus of the program allows students to focus on interests that are consistent with jobs in academia. Students have enjoyed a wide range of career possibilities in the areas of research, teaching and leadership and service in different community-based mental health organizations.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • CNSL9001, Foundations of Counselor Education and Supervision, 3
    • CNSL9003, Ecological Counseling Seminar I, 3
    • CNSL9050, Doctoral Practicum: Counseling Interventions, 3
    • EDST7010, Statistical Data Analysis I, 3
    • EDST8051, Qualitative Research Methods I, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • CNSL9004, Ecological Counseling Seminar II, 3
    • CNSL9020, Research in Counseling , 3
    • EDST7011, Statistical Data Analysis II, 3
    • EDST8041, Multivariate Data Analysis, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • CNSL8040, Counseling Supervision, 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • CNSL9011, Supervision Practicum, 1 - 6
    • MLTI8041, Teaching Effectiveness, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    School Counseling
    • CNSL8010, Introduction to Professional School Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8012, School Counseling Leadership and Comprehensive Program Implementation, 3
    • CNSL8014, Counseling with Children and Adolescents, 3
    • CNSL8016, School Counseling with K-12 Students with Special Needs, 3
    • SPED7013, Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology in Special Education, 3
    • SPED7051, Partnerships and Collaboration, 3
    • SPSY8025, Family Intervention and Early Intervention , 3
    • SPSY8027, School-Based Behavioral Counseling and Mental Health Interventions, 3
    • SPSY8029, Social Cognitive Theory and Intervention, 1
    • SPSY8030, Behavioral Consultation, 3
    Substance Abuse Counseling
    • CNSL8063, Theory and Ethical Practice in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8064, Individual and Group Treatment in Substance Abuse Counseling, 4
    • CNSL8065, Harm Reduction and Prevention in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8066, Ecological Assessment and Treatment Planning in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8067, Ecologically-Based Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment for Couples, Families and Communities , 4
    • CNSL8068, Pharmacological Treatment in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8069, Administrative and Clinical Supervision in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
    Research Methods & Statistics
    • EDST7043, Practitioner Action Research, 3
    • EDST7053, Practitioner Action Research 2, 1 - 3
    • EDST8021, Action Research I, 3
    • EDST8022, Action Research II, 3
    • EDST8042, Multilevel, Longitudinal, and Structural Modeling, 3
    • EDST8052, Qualitative Research Methods II, 3
    • EDST8080, Quantitative Research Synthesis, 3
    • EDST8081, Mixed Methods Research I, 3
    • EDST8082, Mixed Methods Research II, 3
    • EDST8086, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research, 3
    • EDST8088, Item Response Theory, 3
    • EDST8091, Quantitative Research Seminar I: Design, 3
    • EDST8092, Quantitative Research Seminar II: Data Collection and Analysis, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Opportunities for independent study and research and teaching internships allow students to develop a course of study that is tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Counseling or a Related Field (with a GPA of a 3.20 or higher)
  • GRE scores of no older than five years
  • Three references
  • Goal Statement
  • Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate degree
  • Vita
  • Writing Sample

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadline: January 15

Final application deadline: January 31

All applications must be made through the Graduate School:


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.