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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.

Fall Application Deadline

December 15th of the previous year.

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

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 Ph.D. 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

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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

Program Information


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.

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.

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.

Looking for a Graduate Assistantship?

The College of Education & Human Development has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships for full-time students admitted to masters or doctoral programs.

Graduate Assistantship

Program Faculty

Counseling and Educational Psychology
Walter Brediger
Walter Brediger, III
Administrative Assistant III
(775) 682-9076
WRB 4052
Counseling and Educational Psychology
Ken Coll
Ken Coll, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling
(775) 682-7873
WRB 3039
Counseling and Educational Psychology
Kristina DePue
Kristina DePue, Ph.D., NCC
Associate Professor of Counseling
(775) 682-5509
WRB 4057
Counseling and Educational Psychology
Brenda Freeman
Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.
Professor of Counselor Education
(775) 682-9353
WRB 3019
Counseling and Educational Psychology
Megan Little
Megan Little, PhD, LPC
Downing Counseling Clinic Director, Faculty Counseling and Educational Psychology
(775) 682-5516
WRB 3044
Counseling and Educational Psychology
Tricia Woodliff
Tricia Woodliff, Ph.D., CPC, NCC
Assistant Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology
(775) 682-7873
WRB 3039