Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision


The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares professionals as practitioners, consultants, counselor educators, supervisors, and researchers. It is awarded to those who demonstrate a mastery of their field and who complete and defend a dissertation. Doctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences; students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a “scientist practitioner” model and should be both consumer and producer of research.

Advantages of Mercer’s Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision:
  • Advance to a leadership role in counseling
  • Personal attention from highly credentialed faculty
  • Evening classes for working adult students
  • Become a “scientist practitioner”-- both a consumer and producer of research.


Graduates of the doctorate program in Counselor Education and Supervision will be able to demonstrate advanced expertise in the application of theories and conceptual models to counselor education, supervision, practice, and research; the skills to conduct research that advances the field of counseling; the expertise to evaluate the influences of ethical, social, political, demographic, and economic issues on mental health care and counseling; and the ability to assume leadership roles in education, supervision, training, practice, and research to improve mental health care and counseling.

This mission is based upon a fundamental belief in the diversity, dignity, and inherent worth of all human beings and in the central role education plays in a democratic society. The Counseling faculty actively supports Penfield College’s commitment to quality instruction and community service.

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Delivery Format

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision requires a minimum of 75 graduate semester hours of study beyond the master’s degree, including internship and dissertation requirements. The schedule is designed especially for working adult students with evening classes held once per week in a 16-week Fall/Spring semester format (summer is 8 weeks long.)

Students in the Ph.D. program are expected to establish “residency” by attending school full time for the first thirty hours of the program to establish their research agenda, work with faculty on research, supervision, teaching, and extramural funding. During this period, they will be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships or Graduate Research Assistantships to aid them financially while they study full time. Once program residency is established at the completion of the first thirty hours, students may attend part-time or complete external field work or participate in other opportunities in counseling.

During residency, considerable time is spent on campus beyond attendance in enrolled classes. Students should attend dissertation defenses scheduled within the department and should take advantage of workshops, colloquia, or symposia offered on campus or in the metropolitan area. Students may collaborate on research projects with faculty members and/or assist with instructional programs for master’s and specialist degree students in counseling. Students may also participate in opportunities to learn the design and writing of grants and projects for external funding.