Counselor Education - PhD in Counselor Education
The Counseling programs at TTU are nationally accredited by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), and they are the only programs west of Dallas and east of Albuquerque with CACREP accreditation.
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 93 hours (including the required 12 hours of dissertation credit). By Texas state law, doctoral students must complete a residency requirement consisting of two consecutive semesters of 12 hours of course enrollment each semester.
Faculty are involved in local, state, regional, and national professional counseling organizations. Faculty support and encourage students to be involved in professional organizations. Faculty foster an environment of appreciation and respect for differing values, beliefs, and backgrounds. Faculty subscribe to the ethical standards and values recognized by the counseling profession, and they expect students to learn and follow the same ethical standards. Faculty support and encourage the application of ethical practices and policies ensuring access, equity, and excellence in Counselor Education.
The College of Education offers both a Master’s of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education. The Master’s program offers two tracks: School Counseling, which is a 48-hour program; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which is a 60-hour program. The Doctoral program requires a minimum of 93 hours.
Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D. - Counselor Education
Career Opportunities With This Degree
Completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education prepares the student for a professional career as faculty members, administrators, private practitioners, researchers, supervisors, and consultants at the highest degree of professional expertise.
All programs require that you submit an online application through ApplyTexas.
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* Official transcripts will be required during your first semester if you are admitted to your desired program.
* International applicants will need to submit additional materials. Please review the Graduate School website for more information.
Required Supplemental Application Materials
Resume, GRE Scores, Applicant Statement, 3 professional recommendations. These references include, but are not limited to, the following: past professors, boss, director, and volunteer supervisor employed but the organization. References that are not acceptable include, but are not limited to, spiritual leaders, people under your supervision, past students, neighbors, anyone related to you, and personal friends. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.
Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.
This program requires official GRE scores. Scores must no more than 5 years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website. Texas Tech University's code is 6827.
- EPCE 6335, Advanced Theory and Techniques
- EPCE 6336 (currently offered as EPCE 6350), Advanced Consultation, Diversity, Social Justice, and Advocacy
- EPCE 6354, Advanced Theory and Practice of Group Leadership
- EPCE 6337 (currently offered as EPCE 6350), Advanced Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
- Summer I
- EPCE 6360, Advanced Practicum in Counseling
- Summer II
- EPCE 6094, Doctoral Internship in Counseling I
- EPCE 6350, Doctoral Seminar in Counseling: Research
- EPCE 6094, Doctoral Internship in Counseling
- EPCE 6355(currently offered as EPCE 6350), Scholastic Writing and Teaching
- Summer I
- EPCE 6366, Advanced Supervision in Counselor Education
- Summer II
In addition to the Counselor Education courses listed above, doctoral students must have 9 hours in Foundations, 15 hours in Research, 15-18 hours in a Minor area, and a minimum of 12 hours in Dissertation.
Semester in which the program can be started
The Ph.D. program typically begins in the fall semester. However, students may begin taking the non-counseling requirements (foundations, minor, research) if they wish to begin the program in another semester.
Estimated Hours to Completion
93 hours minimum
Allowable Transfer Hours
Transfer credit. A maximum of 30 hours from an approved Master’s Degree program may be transferred at the Ph.D.-level. Courses may be transferred only if a similar course is available from Texas Tech University.
Applications should be submitted a minimum of six (6) weeks before the semester the prospective student wishes to begin the program.
Tuition & Fees
Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.
Dr. L.J. Gould