Counselor Education, PhD

College of Education and Human Development

College of Education

Counselor Education, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Counselor Education is designed to prepare students for careers as counselor educators and supervisors. The Counselor Education program is a 69-semester hour program CACREP-accredited program. Students matriculate through the program in a cohort model across a minimum of three academic years. Upon completion of the program, students find themselves competitive for placement in a variety of positions. Through curricular and extracurricular activities, program faculty strive to ensure program graduates are well-equipped to perform at the highest level of effectiveness in their anticipated work settings; functioning as competent classroom instructors, supervisors, researchers, clinicians, and leaders in the profession and effectively utilizing their knowledge and skills in advocacy.


cacrep accredited

All counseling programs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Domestic Students:


Priority deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration. 

Domestic Students:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall            Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:


Priority deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration.

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall            Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

 Doctoral students are reviewed and admitted as applications are completed. It is important to submit your application in the fall prior to the time when planning to enroll. Once the 10 doctoral slots are filled, admissions will be closed for that cycle.

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended indicating the completion of requirements that are equal or equivalent to a master's degree accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Resume documenting work experience.
  • Essay (Approximately 2 pages which includes educational and professional goals and the reason for applying to the program).
  • Three letters of recommendation through the Counselor Education Reference Form.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

The department offers doctoral student assistantships each semester. Graduate assistantships are available for students to work with the department in research, teaching, and supervision.

Scholarships are also available through the College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate assistants qualify for in-state tuition rates.

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counselor Education is awarded in recognition of the attainment of independent and comprehensive scholarship in the field. The doctoral program consists of a minimum of four academic years of graduate-level preparation (including entry-level preparation), defined as eight semesters with a minimum of 69 semester hours of post-master's credits required of all students in the program. To qualify for the degree, the student must meet the specific requirements below.

Printable Degree Plan

Degree Requirements

Residence Doctoral students must maintain full-time residence status throughout the program which entails registering for coursework each fall and spring semester.
Recency of Credit Courses completed for a prerequisite master’s degree do not need to meet the 10-year recency of credit rule for the doctoral program. All other courses that are part of the doctoral degree plan must abide by the seven-year rule on recency of credit.
Entry-Level Courses Entry level coursework, equal/equivalent to master’s degree requirements accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and including a 3-hour research course, is required.
Doctoral Counseling Core Courses A minimum of 36 semester hours of doctoral-level core courses are required.
Research Tools An extensive sequence of research courses is required, including a minimum of 33 hours of research methodology and statistics. Courses in quantitative and qualitative analysis are required. Included within this research component is a minimum of 9 hours of supervised dissertation.
Supervised Advanced Practicum and Internship All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a clinical component of the program, as noted in "Entry-Level Courses" above. This includes an advanced practicum (CNEP 6395 – 3 semester hours/100 clock hours) and doctoral-level counseling internships (CNEP 6396, 3-semester-hour courses that students take twice for a total of 600 clock hours.) The 600-hour doctoral internship includes supervised experiences in clinical settings, teaching, and supervision. In addition, students are given the opportunity to participate in additional supervised practical or internships that are appropriate to their career objectives.
Comprehensive Examination Doctoral students are required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination toward the completion of all coursework.
Dissertation and Final Examination Doctoral students are required to successfully complete a dissertation under the direction and supervision of their dissertation chair and committee members. There is a dissertation proposal defense at the time of the proposal and a dissertation and final examination at the successful completion of the dissertation.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Ph.D. Counseling Handbook (pdf)

More information is available on the Counseling and Educational Psychology department site.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Joshua Watson

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5834
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5834
Office: 361-825-2739
joshua.watson@tamucc.edu