College of Education Announces Hybrid Ph.D. in Counselor Education


June 20, 2011

The College of Education at Texas Tech University, in partnership with West Texas A&M University, is pleased to announce the creation of a hybrid doctoral program in counselor education.

Currently, no program in the North West Texas area offers a doctorate in counselor education. The program’s development was based in the recognition of a growing need for mental health professionals in non-metropolitan areas of North Texas. As such, a primary focus of the program is to prepare professional counselors to work not only in metropolitan areas, but also in rural areas that remain underserved by professional counselors.

“This new initiative will offer a Ph.D. in an area where Ph.D. training in counseling does not currently exist, and in an area where counselors are needed to serve the mental health needs of the community,” Dr. Loretta Bradley, the program's director, said.

The doctorate program is accredited by CACREP, the national accrediting agency for counselors. Accreditation by CACREP is the highest accrediting credential that a counseling program can achieve.

“The Ph.D. program at Texas Tech is the only Counselor Education Program west of Dallas and east of Albuquerque that has achieved this credential,” Bradley said.

Coursework will be delivered through a blended method utilizing online work and face-to-face instruction. Face-to-face instruction will take place at West Texas A&M University’s teaching site in Amarillo and Texas Tech University’s Lubbock campus.

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education is designed to prepare students for professional careers as faculty members, administrators, private practitioners, researchers, supervisors, and consultants at the highest degree of professional expertise. The program utilizes study of advanced theory, research and practice, as well as intensive supervision to develop the knowledge and skills required by the doctorate-level practitioner.

Prior to admission, applicants must have a master’s degree (48 hours) in counseling (or its equivalent). Two to three years paid or volunteer work experience in counseling since the completion of the master’s degree is recommended, but it is not required.

Additional information about program requirements, prerequisites and curriculum is found at doctoral/counselor-education/.

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