Doctorate in Counselor Education & Counseling

Program Goals and Objectives

The Ph.D. is designed for master-level clinicians pursuing a terminal degree that focuses on advanced research skills, clinical supervision skills, and honing teaching practice. The Ph.D. is currently aligned with the CACREP Counselor Education doctoral standards and is in the process of pursuing accreditation.

Ph.D. students in the Department of Counselor Education at The University of Montana will be:

  1. Prepared to implement instructional theory and assess learning in a University environment.
  2. Prepared to supervise counselors and counseling students who are providing individual, group, and/or marital, couple and family counseling. 
  3. Prepared to serve the profession and public as advocates and active participants in organizations such as the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
  4. Knowledgeable of professional issues in the counselor education and counseling fields.
  5. Knowledgeable of ethical issues and practices of counselor education and counseling.
  6. Knowledgeable and skilled in providing advanced clinical counseling. 
  7. Knowledgeable of cultural contexts and identities, and how they inform experiences of power, privilege, and oppression when teaching, supervising, counseling, and conducting research.
  8. Experienced in developing and conducting research.
  9. Experienced in scholarly work including professional presentation, writing for professional publication, and/or grantsmanship.
  10. Experienced teaching in a minimum of two CACREP common core or specialty courses. 

Required Courses

EDLD 620, Qualitative Research
EDLD 618, Educational Statistics
EDLD 625, Quantitative Research
COUN 620, Advanced Counseling Theory
COUN 630, Doctoral Clinical Practice
COUN 635, Clinical Supervision
COUN 650, Pedagogy and the Professorate
COUN 640, Professional Leadership
COUN 685, Doctoral Internship (Fall) (Spring)
COUN 645, Comprehensive Exams
COUN 699, Dissertation
ELECTIVE, Advanced Research Course (advisor approved)
ELECTIVE, Area of Scholarly Interest (advisor approved)

Credit Requirements

A minimum of 48 credits beyond the Master’s degree.

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