Counseling Psychology

Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology

Overview

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program in Counseling Psychology helps enhance the professional expertise of those pursuing leadership, supervisory, training, and teaching positions in the counseling profession. You will focus your scholarly work on the application of research techniques to the counseling practice.

Students typically enter this program with master's level counseling backgrounds in mental health, social work, school counseling, pastoral counseling, family therapy, and psychiatric nursing.

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Course List

Core Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete nine core courses (27 credit hours)

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

C7432 - Advanced Individual Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7440 - Marriage and Family Therapy
(3)

(3)

C7443 - Multicultural Issues in Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7454 - Models of Clinical Supervision
(3)

(3)

C7458 - Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
(3)

(3)

C7462 - Ethics in Practice
(3)

(3)

C7465 - Teaching in Higher Education
(3)

(3)

C7484 - Group Counseling Theory and Practice
(3)

(3)

W7000 - Advanced Academic Study and Writing
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—27 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete three elective courses (9 credit hours). This requirement may be fulfilled from selecting from the list below or by completing an optional concentration in Counselor Education & Supervision.  

Elective Requirements—Students Choose Three of the Following Courses

 

C7410 - Assessment in Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7421 - Etiology of Mental Illness
(3)

(3)

C7433 - Advanced Group Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7435 - Existential-Humanistic Theories of Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7436 - Psychodynamic Theories of Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7445 - Brief Psychotherapies
(3)

(3)

C7452 - Professional Development in Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7453 - Clinical Consultation
(3)

(3)

C7459 - Psychopharmacology for Counselors
(3)

(3)

C7460 - Techniques of Child and Adolescent Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7537 - Special Topics in Counseling
(3)

(3)

Elective Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 —OR—

 

Counselor Education & Supervision Concentration Requirements—Students Choose Three of the Following

 

C7444 - Multicultural Issues in Counselor Education and Supervision
(3)

(3)

C7452 - Professional Development in Counseling
(3)

(3)

C7453 - Clinical Consultation
(3)

(3)

C7461 - Ethics in Counselor Education and Supervision
(3)

(3)

Counselor Education & Supervision Concentration Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

Research Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete a four course research sequence (12 credit hours).

Research Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

R7001 - Introduction to Research Methods
(3)

(3)

R7031 - Methods and Analysis of Quantitative Research
(3)

(3)

R7035 - Methods and Analysis of Qualitative Research
(3)

(3)

Students Choose One of the Following

 

R7034 - Advanced Statistical Methods
(3)

(3)

R7036 - Program Evaluation Methods
(3)

(3)

R7037 - Survey Techniques
(3)

(3)

R7038 - Applied Research
(3)

(3)

R7040 - Advanced Qualitative Methods
(3)

(3)

Research Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Dissertation Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete a 12-credit hour dissertation course sequence as outlined below.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students are required to successfully complete a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) that focuses on the learner outcomes that are associated with the required core courses of their programs. Students must take the DQE the session after successfully completing all required core courses and must pass it within three sessions of successfully completing all required core courses.

Doctoral Research Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Upon successful completion of the prerequisite coursework and the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE), students enroll in doctoral research courses. To progress through each doctoral research course, students must successfully complete specified course objectives. If all objectives of the course are successfully met, students will earn a PR grade, permitting them to enroll in the next doctoral research course as outlined in the course sequence of their program of study. If objectives of a doctoral research course are substantively but not fully met (67% completed) by the end of the course (as determined by the research mentors) students will earn a grade of Incomplete Progressing (IP) for the course and must complete an IP contract outlining a plan for completion of the remaining course objectives. Students must successfully complete all remaining course objectives by the due date specified in the IP contract before enrollment is permitted in the next doctoral research course. If little to no progress has been made in a doctoral research course (less than 67% of the course objectives were successfully completed) or the IP contract is not successfully fulfilled within the specified timeframe, students will earn a grade of No Credit (NC). Students who earn a grade of NC in a doctoral research course are required to retake the course. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades in doctoral research courses. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF grade in a doctoral research course, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each doctoral research course apply unless the student and research mentors agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular doctoral research topic. Students must fulfill the prerequisites of each doctoral research course before enrollment is permitted.

Doctoral Research Requirements - Students Are Required to Take the Following
DR8801-A - Doctoral Research I - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8801-B - Doctoral Research I - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8802-A - Doctoral Research II - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8802-B - Doctoral Research II - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8803-A - Doctoral Research III - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8803-B - Doctoral Research III - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8804-A - Doctoral Research IV - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8804-B - Doctoral Research IV - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

Doctoral Research Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

Doctoral Research Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Examination Requirements

The comprehensive examination is a graduation requirement to be taken after all coursework is successfully completed. Students should consult with the department chair or designee for specific guidance with respect to Comprehensive Examination procedures.

Dissertation Requirements

Upon successful completion of required coursework and comprehensive examinations, students enroll in dissertation courses. To progress through each dissertation course, students must complete specified course objectives. If progress is made and all objectives met, students enroll in the next dissertation block. If progress is made and objectives are substantively but not fully met by the end of each course (as determined by the dissertation chair in discussion with the dissertation committee) students must enroll in a zero credit hour extension course (tuition based on a credit hour equivalent as defined in the Tuition and Fees Schedule in Appendix III). If it is determined that no progress has been made, students will be required to retake the block in which no progress was made. If the student is required to retake a block due to no progress, the dissertation chair will assign a grade of No Credit (NC). A student may only receive two NC grades during the dissertation sequence. Upon receiving the third NC within the dissertation sequence, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students are required to enroll in a Dissertation course or Dissertation Extension course every session from the beginning of the dissertation until passing the final defense earning 12 semester credit hours for dissertation. Published course objectives for each dissertation course apply unless the student and dissertation committee/chair agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular dissertation topic.

Recommended Course Sequence

Student progress through the program is intended to be sequential. Certain courses are offered to first-year students that are designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for courses that will follow in subsequent years. Students must satisfy all stated prerequisites for a course before registration for that course can be considered official. The EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program recommended course sequence can be obtained from the department chair.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students are required to successfully complete a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) that focuses on the learner outcomes that are associated with the required core courses of their programs. Students must take the DQE the session after successfully completing all required core courses and must pass it within three sessions of successfully completing all required core courses.

Doctoral Research Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Upon successful completion of the prerequisite coursework and the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE), students enroll in doctoral research courses. To progress through each doctoral research course, students must successfully complete specified course objectives. If all objectives of the course are successfully met, students will earn a PR grade, permitting them to enroll in the next doctoral research course as outlined in the course sequence of their program of study. If objectives of a doctoral research course are substantively but not fully met (67% completed) by the end of the course (as determined by the research mentors) students will earn a grade of Incomplete Progressing (IP) for the course and must complete an IP contract outlining a plan for completion of the remaining course objectives. Students must successfully complete all remaining course objectives by the due date specified in the IP contract before enrollment is permitted in the next doctoral research course. If little to no progress has been made in a doctoral research course (less than 67% of the course objectives were successfully completed) or the IP contract is not successfully fulfilled within the specified timeframe, students will earn a grade of No Credit (NC). Students who earn a grade of NC in a doctoral research course are required to retake the course. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades in doctoral research courses. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF grade in a doctoral research course, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each doctoral research course apply unless the student and research mentors agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular doctoral research topic. Students must fulfill the prerequisites of each doctoral research course before enrollment is permitted.

Doctoral Research Requirements - Students Are Required to Take the Following
DR8801-A - Doctoral Research I - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8801-B - Doctoral Research I - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8802-A - Doctoral Research II - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8802-B - Doctoral Research II - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8803-A - Doctoral Research III - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8803-B - Doctoral Research III - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8804-A - Doctoral Research IV - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8804-B - Doctoral Research IV - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

Doctoral Research Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

Doctoral Research Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

Admissions Requirements

  • A master's degree in a mental health field with a counseling practicum from a regionally accredited 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.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to a master's degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • 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.