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Counselor Education and Supervision (PHD) 
Program Description

A student’s Program of Study for the Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) has the objective of preparing counselor educators and researchers. It accomplishes this through these objectives: 1) offering a broad based curriculum in CES in concert with the scholar-practitioner model of training; 2) permitting students to explore specialized areas of scholarship by focusing on a selected minor area of study such as special education, school psychology, social psychology, and public health. The CES Doctoral Program requires a minimum of 76 credits, including 64 credits of CES major coursework and 12 credits in the minor specialization area. 

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Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.

The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:

·      One Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069.  You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.

·          International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

·         Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)

Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.



College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
Director of Graduate Studies
Carl J Liaupsin
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Three (3) letters of recommendation.   Applicant may use employers and professors as references.
Personal interview
Relevant experience (one (1) year preferred)
A master’s degree from a CORE accredited Rehabilitation program. If a student has a different degree, he/she may have to take a deficiency coursework determined by the faculty
One official copy of transcripts from institutions attended
GRE scores must not be older than five years


Standardized Tests


Required test(s): GRE
GRE Verbal:
GRE Quantitative:
GRE Written:

Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall admission only:  January 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall admission only:  December 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The CES Doctoral Program requires a minimum of 76 credits, including 64 credits of CES major coursework and 12 credits in the minor specialization area. The Curriculum requirements are as follows:

PhD Program Curriculum in Counselor Education and Supervision
*Revised September 18, 2017


RESEARCH AND STATISTICS CORE (10 credits) such as:

  • SERP 556: Research Methods or similar methods course (EDL 504, EDP 560) – 3 credits
  • EDP 541: Statistical Methods in Education or similar quantitative course – 4 credits
  • LRC 605: Qualitative or similar qualitative course – 3 credits

ADVANCED RESEARCH (6 credits) such as:

  • SERP 590: Single-Subject Research – 3 credits
  • EDP 647: Factor Analysis Techniques in Education – 3 credits
  • EDP 646A: Multivariate Methods in Educational Research – 3 credits

COUNSELING CORE (18 credits):

  • SERP 635: Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice – 3 credits
  • SERP 640 : Counselor Supervision and Teaching– 3 credits
  • SERP 645:  Leadership and Advocacy – 3 credits
  • SERP 630: Advanced Clinical Competencies in Counseling – 3 credits
  • SERP 595: Preparation for the Professorate – 3 credits
  • SERP 696E: Grant Writing – 3 credits

PRACTICUM (3 credits)

  • SERP 694: Practicum – 3 credits

INTERNSHIP (9 credits)

  • SERP 793: Internship – 9 credits

DISSERTATION (18 credits)

  • SERP 920: Dissertation – 18 credits

MAJOR CREDITS: 64 credits

MINOR CREDITS: 12 credits

TOTAL CREDITS = 76 credits

Students who do not have a Masters degree in a CACREP-accredited Masters program may be required to complete additional masters level coursework. For those students wishing to transfer courses into their Program of Study from another university, a petition must be submitted to the student’s academic advisor within the first semester of matriculation. Courses completed more than five years prior to admission need to be repeated.

The Graduate Program in CES at the University of Arizona includes coursework in several areas.  Students will graduate with a Ph.D. degree in the major area of CES within the DPS Department and a Minor in a related area.  The Ph.D. program in CES includes coursework in Counseling, Research and Statistics, Teaching and Supervision, Leadership and Advocacy, and others.


Minor Requirements

All students are required to declare a minor in an area related to counselor education and supervision.  In consultation with the major advisor, the student will identify a minor adviser who will assist the student in identifying appropriate course work within the minor area.  Minor courses must be included in the Plan of Study which is approved by the student's committee.

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Last revised 26 Nov 2018