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Program Requirements

Students must complete or have completed the following prerequisite areas for the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision:


Students complete 60 post-master’s semester credit hours. All courses in the program are delivered online using the university’s web-based learning platform. The web-based courses provide students with opportunities for faculty interaction, using web-based lectures, email, document sharing, threaded discussions, and chat rooms.

Courses in the program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation courses per semester.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CES701 Professional Orientation and Ethics 3
PSY780 Educational Psychology 3
CES841 * Advanced Counseling Theories 3
CES842 * Counseling Supervision 3
CES843 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy 3
CES844 Leadership, Consultation, and Program Evaluation 3
CES845 * Instructional Methods in Counselor Education 3
RSM815 Psychometrics 3
RSM702 Research Design and Qualitative Methods 3
RSM802 Research Theory, Design, and Methods 3
RSM701 Quantitative Research I 3
RSM801 Quantitative Research II 3
CES850 Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review 3
CES860 Practicum 3
CES861 Internship 6
DSS900 Dissertation 12

* On-campus residency requirement


The Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision includes a stimulating and instructional residency requirement. Residency is a time for the cohorts to gather together for approximately one weekend to strengthen and continue building community. Students attend three on-campus residencies coinciding with three of the required courses.

Quality distance learning programs present both benefits and challenges for students. A key challenge faced by students and faculty within the doctoral program is to find alternative ways to create the personal interaction and connectivity that develops more naturally in the traditional face-to-face classroom course. Residency offers an incredible opportunity for cohort members to meet and build relationships with one another, faculty and staff. In addition, residencies provide enriching in-person networking and mentoring opportunities for students with faculty and peers.

It is during residency that the faculty and students truly become colleagues; engaging in both personal and professional dialogue, establishing friendships as well becoming professional equals. Residency provides students with the opportunity to practice and gain mastery of the skills they have acquired in each course. Students will also participate in workshops and presentations aimed on preparing for dissertation and internship.

Students should budget for the following residency costs: 1) transportation, 2) textbooks purchased prior to residency, 3) hotel accommodations and 4) food costs. Students are responsible for making their own travel, lodging and other meal arrangements. Some students consider bringing their families with them during residency, but this is generally discouraged. Students’ daily schedules during residency are occupied with many activities that they are required to attend. The coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, and students typically do not find the residency period conducive to being able to spend time with their families.

The program is committed to the historical foundations of the doctoral degree in which a community of scholars is created among faculty-mentors and student-scholars. Keiser University mirrors this historical tradition by the utilization of student cohorts, intensive on-campus residencies and a variety of interactive discussion modes that extend beyond topical course discourse. In view of this goal, the waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.

Practicum and Internship

The practicum and internship processes provide practical experience and supervision in areas consistent with academic and professional goals of the doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision. The practicum experience provides for advanced experience with delivery of counseling services, supervision of counselors-in-training, counselor education, or consultation, depending on licensure status and practicum site determination.

Both the practicum and internship focus on the experiential learning characteristic of doctoral clinical experience in which students practice skills and attitudes reflective of advanced training and education in the discipline of counseling. Students will be given the opportunity to continue to develop competency in the chosen counseling dimension(s) through regular, supervised practice at the approved practicum site (or sites). These courses are designed to prepare students to be leaders in the profession of counseling and/or counselor education.

Primary Goals of Practicum and Internship Courses:

  • Demonstration of skills pertinent to the profession of counseling by:
    • demonstrating a commitment to professional development;
    • articulating a personal philosophy about counseling;
    • demonstrating multicultural sensitivity and respect for all participants in a setting related to the profession of counseling; and
    • demonstrating ethical and professional behavior in all aspects of the profession of counseling.
  • Demonstration of advanced writing skills in professional counseling pursuits, including but not limited to psychosocial histories, diagnoses, assessment, treatment planning, goal setting, and evaluation of outcomes; course syllabi, assessment of student written materials and feedback to counseling students; evaluation of and feedback to supervisees; and professional assistance to consultees.

3. Demonstration of competent and complete record-keeping skills in charting, as required by site requirements, demonstrated by proper personal log-keeping, maintaining appropriate grade and assessment records on students, and maintaining appropriate records related to supervision of supervisees or consultation with consultees.


The dissertation is the culminating experience of the Doctor of Philosophy in any field of study. Scholarship is advanced by the creative pursuit of answers to complicated questions. Dissertations are not just “really big class projects,” but serve to advance the method of addressing significant social concerns and problems. In that regard, dissertations are public documents designed to advance the culture.

The dissertation process begins early in the Ph.D. experience. Students are encouraged to pursue lines of inquiry, develop research agendas with faculty and participate in research groups. The dissertation should focus on areas relevant to counseling practice, counselor education, and/or supervision. Papers and projects required in the core courses can facilitate the formation of dissertation projects, along with consultation and discussion of emerging ideas with the faculty.

During the residency, students focus on the requirements and details of the dissertation process. Students also use residency as a time to meet and develop relationships with faculty who will form the dissertation committee and guide them through their project. Students will draft a comprehensive literature review, research questions and method of inquiry to answer the questions. Students must submit an application to the Institutional Review Board and receive approval to complete their research prior to beginning their study.

Doctoral candidates, the formal term used for students who have completed the academic requirements for the doctoral degree, work closely with their dissertation chair and committee to complete their research, analyze its meaning and significance, and present it in cogent and succinct written form.

The dissertation defense is the final and culminating experience of Ph.D. studies. It will consist of a public meeting in which the doctoral candidate formally presents the dissertation project, explains findings of the study and articulates its relevance to significant social problems.

Dissertations are a reflection of the student’s comprehension of and capacity to address complex issues. The title of “Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision” is reserved for scholars who achieve the highest level of academic performance.

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