Ph.D. in Education: Counselor Education and Supervision

Welcome to the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision!

Our program faculty are committed to making your experience rewarding, both personally and professionally. Our doctoral program is a challenging journey that will lead you to a high level of professional competence. Supporting students along the journey is a key priority for faculty.

2015-16 Incoming CEP Doctoral students

Our program is designed to meet the doctoral standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). The Ph.D. in Education is intended to be a three-year program and is guided by the general framework found in the Doctoral Program in Education Application Manual. The manual provides general information about doctoral concentrations offered in the College of Education. This page will provide you with specific information that is unique to the Counselor Education and Supervision strand, including explanations of student learning outcomes, coursework, course rotation, and exit criteria.

The application deadline for Fall is December 15. Please view the Admissions requirements for information on how to apply. We are also taking applications for graduate assistantships.

Again, we welcome you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other faculty members within the program with any additional questions. I look forward to talking with you!

Brenda Freeman
Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program Coordinator
(775) 682-9353

Learn More:

Program Overview
Graduate Assistantships
Tuition and Fees
Curricular Structure
Alumni Testimonials
Program Faculty


The admissions deadline for Fall applicants is December 15. Unlike other areas of emphasis under the Ph.D. in Education, we operate on a cohort model and do not have a spring admissions deadline.

Fall Application Deadline:
December 15

Note: Applications submitted between December 16 and December 15 will be considered for Fall of the following year.

Materials and criteria for the Counselor Education and Supervision area of emphasis are as follows:

  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Master's degree in counseling education from a CACREP-accredited institution
  • Graduate Record Exam score (GRE)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One sample of scholarly writing
  • Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form (last 5 pages in the Application Manual)

To get started on the application process, please contact Dr. Brenda Freeman, program coordinator, at Your main program application, checklist, and signed disposition form must be scanned and emailed to with the subject line "Application Materials for Counselor Ed PhD." You may also print and mail them to:

College of Education Doctoral Program Coordinator
Mail Stop 278
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0278

All other materials must be sent through the University's application portal. Once you create your account, go back to MyNevada to log in and start your application. You must apply to both the College of Education and to the Graduate School. Please reach out to Dr. Freeman if you have any questions.

After the selection committee reviews the writing materials, eligible candidates will be invited to campus for an interview in the month of February. The interview is a comprehensive, four-hour process that evaluates prospective students on an on-site writing assignment, a teaching presentation, and interviews with individuals in the department. Apply Now

Program Overview

The Ph.D in Education with a concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision is a research-oriented degree intended for individuals with master's degrees in counseling and professional experience in the field wishing to work at a more advanced level. Most of the doctoral students in this concentration are preparing for the professional ranks of higher education or to assume positions of leadership in schools and agencies. Our program strives to prepare talented and engaged students who have a diverse counseling background and professional experiences and are committed to teaching, research, leadership, clinical supervision, advocacy, and multiculturalism in counseling.

The strengths of the program lie in the deep level of preparation in research and statistics, CACREP-aligned coursework in the content area, opportunities for supervised teaching and clinical supervision experiences, and unique collaboration experiences. The program requires 72 credit hours beyond a CACREP-accredited master's in counseling.

Examples of jobs through which students who graduate from the program may continue their careers include the following:

  • Counselor education assistant professors working in teaching and research institutions
  • Agency directors and assistant directors
  • School counseling leadership roles

Graduate Assistantships and Internships

Graduate assistantships
are available through various departments at UNR, including the Counseling and Educational Psychology (CEP) department. Prospective students who indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship will be interviewed for one of multiple positions within the department in tandem with their interview for the doctoral program. Some highlights of a graduate assistantship include:

  • 20-hour work week
  • Stipend of approximately $1700/month (before taxes)
  • Tuition fee waiver (does not include fees such as room/board, textbooks, etc.)
  • Health insurance coverage through United Healthcare
  • In-state Nevada resident status
  • Funding to present at conferences through the support of the Graduate Student Association

Doctoral internship experiences are designed by the student in conjunction with his/her advisor and committee. Internship experiences are unique to the background of the candidate, though typical experiences for counselor educators-in-training include teaching (under supervision), providing clinical supervision (under faculty supervision), grant writing, working with CACREP accreditation, clinical experiences, and field collaborations. Those entering the program with the goal of agency leadership will engage in internship experiences outside of the institution under the supervision of agency leaders. All internship experiences must be pre-approved, and internship work is reflected upon and assessed throughout the experience.

Tuition and Fees

Please see the University tuition and fee rates.

Curricular Structure

The Ph.D Program in Education with an emphasis on Counselor Education and Supervision is intended to be completed in three years, assuming that the student enters the program with a Master's Degree in Counseling. Students who intend to graduate the program must complete the following program requirements (94 credits min):

The Chair and Committee may guide the student in selection of these courses, but both qualitative and quantitative courses must be taken, in addition to advanced research methods.

COGNATE, 24 credits
The cognate area is expected to be an area of professional counseling expertise that is generally the CACREP program area (such as marriage and family, clinical, school, student affairs) defining the expertise of the student. S/he will most likely teach, research, present professionally, and align him or herself with professional organizations in the cognate area. Many of the courses for the cognate may be transferred from the masters program, though the student may desire or need to take additional coursework in his or her cognate area.

These courses are generally taught seminar-style and include topics such as theories of supervision, advanced counseling and human development theories, principles of practice in core counseling areas (such as group, consultation, crisis, etc.), CACREP accreditation, teaching pedagogy in counselor education, multicultural issues, social change theory, and advocacy. Four of the courses require supervised "field" hours: Practicum in Counseling, Supervision II, Internship I, and Internship II. Field hours may be teaching courses under supervision, providing clinical supervision, providing leadership in a counseling setting, or other doctoral level learning experiences approved by the student's committee.

See the Doctoral Application Manual for more information.

Sample Three-Year Coursework Curriculum Design



Course Title




EDRS 700

Intro to Ed. Research 3 May be transferred from master's degree or retaken
EDRS 752

Intro to Qualitative Research 3
EDRS 640 Intro to Statistics 3
CEP 790

Seminar in Counselor Ed I 3 Work with temp advisor to select chair/advisor and committee members

EDRS 740

Adv. Stats/Applied Analysis I 3
CEP 783 Supervision I 3 Program of Study/First Committee Meeting
Dissertation Research 3 Topic Selection
YEAR 1: SUMMER CEP 752 Advanced CT 3
Dissertation Research 3

EDRS 743 Non-Parametric Stats 3 Topic: Proposal Committee Meeting
CEP 790

Seminar in Counselor Ed II 3


CEP 798

Doctoral Practicum in CEP 3

Includes 100 hours of field work


EDRS 753

Adv. Qualitative Research 3


CEP 783

Supervision II


Written Comprehensive Exams (1st Monday in March) and Oral Exams (including questions on proposed dissertation topic)
EDRS 790 Doctoral Seminar 3 Proposal guiding class
EDRS 743

Multivariate Stats


Dissertation Proposal Meeting (late spring) and approval of proposed internship (assuming student passes written and oral exams)


Dissertation Research




CEP ___

Internship I


Includes 600 hours of supervised doctoral-level internship
Dissertation Research 6

CEP ___

Internship II


Includes 600 hours of supervised doctoral-level internship
Dissertation Research 6

Alumni Testimonials

Tina Paone, Associate Professor, Monmouth University
Tina Paone, NCC, NCSC, LPC, RPT-S

My career path has taken me in several different directions (faculty member, department chair, private practice owner) and it was the education that I received at UNR that made it possible.

As I think back about my experiences in the PhD program at UNR, the memories bring a smile to my face. I believe the program trained me in so many different aspects that were unbeknownst to me at the time. After graduating, I realized the benefit that I had received. The professors were genuinely invested in their students and I continue to keep in contact with a number of them over the years. The camaraderie between my fellow classmates was and remains very strong. The program helped prepare me for a successful career in academia. My career path has taken me in several different directions (faculty member, department chair, private practice owner) and it was the education that I received at UNR that made it possible. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience.

Bill Lepkowski, Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University
Bill Lepkowski

I am a proud graduate of the UNR Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program and had a great experience in the program. The faculty were engaging and knowledgeable with many years of counseling and supervising experience.

As a doctoral student, I was supported in conducting research and was able to get a number of articles published as the UNR faculty were always open to including students in co-authorship. I also was given the opportunity to teach and supervise master's level counseling students as part of my training, which was a great help in preparing me to become a counselor educator. I graduated in 2006 and was very competitive in the job market due to my excellent training and experience at UNR. I took a position at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and am currently the school counseling program coordinator of a CACREP accredited school counseling program. I am doing what I love, teaching and supervising school counseling graduate students, and I have been able to do so thanks to the wonderful program and people at UNR.

Becky Rudd, Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University
Becky Rudd

The Counselor Education and Supervision PHD program at UNR more than prepared me for my current career endeavors as a Counselor Educator, supervisor and clinician.

The faculty not only provided many opportunities for me to join their research projects, which helped strengthen my research design and methods skills, but they also strongly encouraged me to follow my own research interests.  I believe the faculty's support in this regard set me up for a solid and meaningful research agenda that has flourish and still remains strong. The faculty at UNR are well-known and well-respected in the counseling field and it was a pleasure and honor to work with them. Furthermore, there were many opportunities to co-teach or assist with courses providing excellent experience critical to employment as a Counselor Educator upon graduation. The program's curriculum was rigorous yet flexible and I was able to tailor my studies to meet my future career interests. I am currently a Counselor Educator at a teaching college, have a small private practice and provide clinical supervision. I am also the President for our state Counseling Association and continue to serve in various leadership roles. My educational career not only prepared me for a career in Counselor Education and Supervision, but was the foundation from which I have grown.

Program Faculty

Brenda Freeman, Professor
Brenda Freeman

Ken Coll, College of Education and Professor
Ken Coll

Tom Harrison, Professor
Tom Harrison

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