Counselor Education, PhD

College of Education and Human Development

College of Education

Counselor Education, PhD

The TAMUCC Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology is a recipient of the Dr. Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award by the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.

Teaching and research assistantships are available, as well as scholarships.

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is at the forefront in meeting current needs in training counselor educators. The mission of the doctoral program is to add depth and breadth in the preparation of counselor educators and counselors for leadership positions, regionally and nationally.

Graduates will meet the well-documented demand for counselor education professors, as this program emphasizes research, teaching, and supervision. Graduates of this program are employed as faculty at universities throughout the US. The doctoral comprehensive examination, coursework using evaluation rubrics, individual development plans, and annual evaluations help assure that graduates meet knowledge-based requirements and satisfy student learning outcomes.

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:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

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

International Students:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

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

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


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 Two consecutive sessions of full-time enrollment are required, to be completed during the first year of the program as members of a cohort group.
Recency of Credit Courses completed for a prerequisite master’s degree do not need to meet the seven-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 30 semester hours of doctoral-level core courses, including 6 semester hours of internship and 3 semester hours of practicum, are required.
Additional Doctoral Courses Includes 15 semester hours of classes.
Research Tools An extensive sequence of research courses is required, including a minimum of 24 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/300 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.

Doctorate in Counseling National Standards Matrices (pdf)

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