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Doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision Degree

Ed.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision

The field of counselor education and supervision is dedicated to both the academic preparation and comprehensive supervision of counselors across multiple settings. The doctor of education (Ed.D.) in counselor education & supervision degree program aligns with the master’s-level counselor education programs in order to encourage entry-level counseling students to work toward becoming doctoral-level practitioners, educators, and supervisors.

The Ed.D. in counselor education & supervision degree program is designed to prepare counselors for a variety of settings by providing the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to provide leadership and advocacy, as well as serve in supervisory, training, and teaching positions in the counseling profession.

The Ed.D. in counselor education & supervision degree program is also designed to help current practitioners with existing master’s-level preparation to advance their careers. This doctorate degree can provide expanded opportunities to compete in the marketplace, on par with the growing number of doctoral-level counseling practitioners.

NLU's doctorate in counselor education and supervision (CES) program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in counselor education, professional leadership and supervision, advanced clinical practice, advocacy, research, and scholarship.

Students gain hands-on training through extensive field-based experiences and learn via a practitioner-oriented curriculum.

  • Relevant coursework
  • Connected community
  • Accomplished faculty

1: Counselor Supervision
Effectively apply theories and practices of counselor supervision.

2: Research (Understanding and Applying Qualitative and Quantitative Research)
Apply scientific foundations of counseling and scientific methodology to the design of research and analysis of counseling topics: case material, counselor education and counselor supervision.

3: Advanced Practice/Assessment
Effectively apply theory pertaining to the principles and practice of counseling, career development, group work, systems, assessment and consultation.

4: Counselor Education
Effectively apply instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education.

5: Ethics
Commit to, demonstrate, and engage in ethical practice and ethical decision making strategies in counselor education and supervision, grounded in the ACA Code of Ethics as well as socially responsible practice and living.

6: Social & Cultural Issues/Multicultural Competence
Demonstrate multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills with regard to the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical, and mental status, local, regional, national, international perspective, and equity issues in counseling practice, counselor education, and supervision.

7: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others.

8: Written and Oral Presentation
Using appropriate media and technology, present counseling information orally and in writing that is concise, organized, well supported, created in a professional manner, and appropriate to the audience.

NLU's doctorate in counselor education & supervision program is aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards.

NLU's synchronous online program that combines the intimacy of a real classroom with the convenience of online learning from wherever you want, or need to be.


Having acquired skills and knowledge in ethics, social and cultural issues, multicultural competence, interpersonal effectiveness, and written/oral presentation, graduates of this program are well positioned for careers in:

  • Counselor supervision
  • Research (understanding and applying qualitative and quantitative research)
  • Advanced practice/assessment
  • Counselor education
  • Complete application, available at
  • A master’s degree in a CACREP accredited program or a master’s program where they fulfilled CACREP entry-level counseling degree requirements from a regionally accredited educational institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master’s degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor’s level transcripts are not required.
  • A grade point average of 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0) for graduate level work toward the master’s degree and any subsequent graduate study for unconditional admission. Admission with 2-course review may be approved for a grade point average below 3.25 for all graduate work.
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required if English is not the applicant’s native language and/or the applicant’s high school degree was earned outside the U.S. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has proof of completion of a high school degree for undergraduate admission, or a bachelor’s degree for graduate admission, at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Learn more about proof of English language proficiency on our site.
  • Current résumé (or curriculum vita)
  • Personal/professional goal statement with specific personal and professional goals and a self-appraisal of specific strengths and challenges.
  • A minimum of three professional letters of recommendation, addressing topics/questions as established and periodically revised by the faculty. Letters of recommendation must be written by individuals who know the candidate from an academic or professional perspective and are able to comment on the candidate’s capacity for undertaking graduate studies.
  • Interview with a member of the program admissions committee.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements, as well as additional requirements specific to this Master's of Counseling program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

In order to graduate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree
  • Successful completion of the advanced training experiences
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0)
  • Satisfactory performance on the comprehensive examination
  • Successful completion and defense of the dissertation

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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