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.

Required Core Courses (36 SCH)

  • CNEP 6305 - Advanced Theories in Individual and Group Counseling 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6310 - Advanced Counseling Strategies 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6315 - Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6320 - Advanced Appraisal Techniques and Psychometrics 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6335 - Consultation Theory and Professional Advocacy 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6340 - Diversity in Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6350 - Advanced Clinical Supervision 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6354 - Counselor Education Pedagogy 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6355 - Leadership and Advocacy in Counselor Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6395 - Doctoral Practicum 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6396 - Doctoral internship 6 sem. hrs.

Required Research Courses (24 SCH)

  • CNEP 6360 - Research Design and Statistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6316 - Research, Writing, and Publishing in a Multicultural Society 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6365 - Advanced Research & Design in Wellness and Stress Management Practices 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6370 - Quantitative Research Methods I 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6372 - Quantitative Research Methods II 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6384 - Qualitative Research Methods I 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6385 - Qualitative Research Methods II 3 sem. hrs.
  • CNEP 6397 - Research Seminar 3 sem. hrs.

Dissertation (9 SCH)

  • CNEP 6398 - Dissertation in Progress 1-3 sem. hrs.
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