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Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education

Currently, no program in the North West Texas area offers a doctorate in counselor education. The mental health needs within the Amarillo/Canyon, Texas area necessitate the advancement and training of highly skilled mental health professionals. In accordance with the mission statement of Texas Tech University, the College of Education plans to offer a blended-delivery degree program that serves this high-needs area. The Ph.D. in Counselor Education is the only CACREP accredited doctoral program in the area, which includes West Texas, Southwest Oklahoma, and Western New Mexico.

Program Overview

  • 93-99 credit hours
  • Blended delivery program designed to serve Amarillo, Canyon, and the surrounding areas.
  • Nationally accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Coursework is completed using a blended/hybrid method. Additional face-to-face requirements associated with the program and not a particular course may be required. In these instances, students will be notified as soon as possible in order to make arrangements.
  • Cohort students follow a predetermined schedule of courses. Course rotation varies by cohort.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.
Related online programs:
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Dr. L.J. Gould
  • Phone: 806.742.1997, ext. 296

Application Process

Applications will be accepted through July 31. Subsequent cohorts will begin on a similar time scale.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Submission of Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores that are five years old or fewer is required.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
    • 24-48 hours after you submit your complete ApplyTexas application, you will receive an eRaider username and password to the e-mail address you provided. This information will allow you to log in to complete the next step.
  2. Apply to the College of Education.
    • The College of Education requires the submission of an online application portfolio. Details and guidelines, as well as submission instructions, can be found at the College of Education website. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Login to begin application." You will need to log in with your eRaider username and password.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
  4. Upon acceptance to the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. You may check your application status anytime by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Counseling Foundations (9 credit hours)
Research and Program Evaluation (15 credit hours)
Counselor Education Core (27 credit hours)
EPCE 6335 Advanced Theory and Techniques Lubbock, online, Amarillo
EPCE 6360 Advanced Practicum Lubbock, Amarillo
EPCE 6354 Advanced Group Counseling Lubbock, online, Amarillo
EPCE 6366 Supervision Lubbock, Amarillo
EPCE 6094 Doctoral Internship I Lubbock, Amarillo
EPCE 6094 Doctoral Internship II Lubbock, Amarillo
EPCE 6350 Doctoral Seminar - Ethics Online, Lubbock
EPCE 6350 Teaching and Scholastic Writing Online, Lubbock
EPCE 6350 Cultural Div and Consultation Lubbock, Amarillo
Minor/Specialization Area (15 credit hours)
Dissertation (minimum 12 credit hours to be taken at TTU Lubbock)
EPCE 8000 Dissertation Lubbock
Transfer Credits (15 credit hours may be transferred from the student's master's degree)
Total Credit Hours
Minimum 93 credit hours
Maximum 99 credit hours

Program Delivery

As a blended delivery program designed to serve Amarillo, Canyon and the surrounding areas, each course will be delivered using a combination of modalities. Some instruction will take place face-to-face at West Texas A&M University's teaching site in Amarillo and at Texas Tech University's Lubbock campus. The rest of the courses are offered online. A select number of courses that are offered only face-to-face in Lubbock will be available during one-month summer sessions. Attendance to face-to-face meetings is required; cost incurred for travel is the responsibility of the student. Additional travel by some individuals may be required at the request of the chair or committee. Students may not transfer credit for the Counselor Education Core. Additionally, students may not take independent study classes to satisfy any Ph.D. course requirements.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. By action of the Texas State Legislature, Texas Technological College formally became Texas Tech University on September 1, 1969. Today, the university is the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states and is the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school, and medical school. The university currently offers more than 30 college distance and off-campus instruction opportunities and a comprehensive K-12 distance learning program that make pursuing an education through Texas Tech University possible no matter where "here" is. Learn more at www.ttu.edu.

West Texas A&M University

The passage of a bill in early 1909 by the Thirty-first Texas Legislature authorizing the establishment of a State normal school for the education of teachers located somewhere "west of the ninety-eighth meridian" set off a spirited bidding war as some 25 west Texas cities and towns competed to secure the educational institution. On Sept. 9, 1909, the location committee, consisting of the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, the lieutenant governor and the superintendent of public instruction, announced its decision. The location for the school, already named West Texas State Normal College, would be Canyon, a young community of 1,400 located near the center of the rapidly developing Texas Panhandle. Learn more at www.wtamu.edu.

Admission Criteria

Prior to admission to the Ph.D. program, the following is required:

  • A master's degree (48 hours) in counseling (or its equivalent)
  • 2-3 years paid or volunteer work experience in counseling since the completion of a master's degree is highly recommended