Online PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision


Online PhD programs in counselor education and supervision teach students how to become educators and leaders in the counseling profession. Through a blend of didactic learning and hands-on experiences, graduates of these programs will be able to educate and lead new counselors and counselor students; they will also gain an advanced understanding of clinical counseling practice.

Online PhD programs in counseling education and supervision will vary in length, based on each individual student’s pace of progress. Some students finish their PhD in 3.5 years, others take seven years or longer. Generally speaking, these programs include several core courses, a dissertation, internship, and practicum. While much of an online PhD program can be completed remotely, there may be some face-to-face components, either at the program’s physical campus or in a student’s home area.

Online PhD programs in counselor education and supervision usually require applicants to have a master’s degree from an institution accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Most programs also ask their applicants to already be licensed professional counselors. PhD programs themselves should be accredited, too: CACREP accreditation is always preferred, but some programs with regional accreditation may suffice if their curricula align with CACREP standards.

According to a 2020 article in The Professional Counselor, there’s a growing pipeline problem in doctoral counselor education and supervision programs, due to their uneven distribution between states. Online PhD programs can solve that issue, making it easier than ever before for a counselor to become a leader and educator in the profession.

To learn more about online PhD programs in counselor education and supervision, read on.

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Professors to Know in Schools with Online PhD Programs in Counselor Education & Supervision

  • Susan Foster, PhD, NCC, LPC - The Chicago School

    Dr. Susan Foster is department chair of the Online Counselor Education Department at The Chicago School. She earned her MEd in counselor education from Southeastern Louisiana University, and her PhD in counselor education and supervision from the University of New Orleans.

    Dr. Foster’s research interests include technology-assisted supervision, consultation and collaboration; collective self-esteem in diverse populations; assessment metrics for counselor educator programs; and ethics and law in counseling and supervision.

  • Jennifer Preston, PhD, NCC, LPC - Saybrook University

    Dr. Jennifer Preston is the program director and department chair in the Department of Counseling at Saybrook University. She earned her MS in counseling psychology from Avila College, and her PhD in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University.

    Dr. Preston’s areas of expertise include child and adolescent development, identity development, and issues of sexuality and gender. Her work leans upon qualitative research, from a feminist and critical theory lens, often employing non-traditional research methodologies. She has published in the areas of addiction treatment for women, LGBT ally development for K-12 schools, LGBT homeless youth, and women's mentoring.

  • Brandon Wilde, PhD, NCC, LPC - University of the Cumberlands

    Dr. Brandon Wilde is an associate professor in the University of the Cumberlands Department of Counseling. He earned his MS in marital, couple, and family counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his PhD in counselor education & supervision from Idaho State University.

    Dr. Wilde has published in The Qualitative Report, Counseling & Values, The Family Journal, The Romanian Journal of Counseling, and The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Professional Counseling & Psychology. He received the CACREP Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy in 2017.

Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog

Matt Zbrog is a writer and freelancer who has been living abroad since 2016. His nonfiction has been published by Euromaidan Press, Cirrus Gallery, and Our Thursday. Both his writing and his experience abroad are shaped by seeking out alternative lifestyles and counterculture movements, especially in developing nations. You can follow his travels through Eastern Europe and Central Asia on Instagram at @weirdviewmirror. He’s recently finished his second novel, and is in no hurry to publish it.

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