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Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology

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The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology degree program with an optional concentration in Counselor Education & Supervision is designed to meet the special requirements of working professionals motivated to develop their knowledge and skills to handle the changing needs of modern organizations. The program is designed to provide working professionals with the opportunity to pursue their personal and professional goals through the completion of a graduate program.

The Argosy University, Washington DC Counseling Psychology degree program is designed to emphasize the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills essential in the formation of professionals who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum is designed to provide for the meaningful integration of theory, training and practice. Specific objectives of the program include the following:
• The training of practitioners capable of delivering effective treatment to diverse populations of clients in need of such treatment.
• The development of counseling psychologists who understand the biological, psychological and sociological bases of human functioning.
• The training of practitioners who are capable of exercising leadership both in the health care delivery system and in the training of mental health professionals.
• The preparation of counseling psychologists capable of expanding their role within society.
• The education of practitioners capable of working with other disciplines as part of a professional team.

Students with a background in mental health, social work, school counseling, pastoral counseling, and psychiatric nursing have the opportunity to join together to earn the terminal degree in their field. They can develop new interests and levels of competency and direction for practice through an applied, research-practitioner approach to the role of professional counselor and doctoral level practitioners.

Faculty members are committed teaching professionals dedicated to the development of individual student interest areas through course selection and dissertation topics. The eclectic mix of faculty backgrounds, theoretical orientations, and interests exposes students to new ideas while extending established interests.

Eligibility for Licensure


Virginia
In Virginia, the license to practice independently is the Licensed Professional Counselor. Practitioners in closely related fields (social work, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy) also qualify for independent licensure as practitioners. The doctoral degree program curriculum expands upon the general preparation of master’s-level practitioners. The EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program with an optional concentration in Counselor Education & Supervision does not lead to any credential as a provider of counseling services, the degree is of limited value without having first achieved those credentials at the master’s level. In no way should the doctoral degree be seen as preparation for entry-level practice.

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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.

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.

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