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Counselor Education, Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed monthly by program faculty


For information on this Degree and Program, please contact the Department of Individual, Family and Community Education.

PhD Degree

The PhD in Counselor Education Program is intended to enable qualifying master’s level counselors to extend their career opportunities. It is designed to facilitate the developing of requisite competencies for careers in academic and professional service settings. Coursework and research requirements prepare graduates to seek for faculty positions in graduate-level counselor education programs and as educators, researchers, supervisors, and consultants in government, education, and community agency/school settings. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Students generally enter the PhD program having earned a master’s degree in counseling, developed their counseling skills, and attained licensure as a professional counselor. The PhD program prepares students to demonstrate proficiency in research, counseling theory and practice, teaching, supervision, consultation, leadership, advocacy, and diversity studies beyond the requirements of master’s level counselors. Doctoral students work toward articulating a theory of professional counseling; engaging in counseling supervision, teaching, and consultation; and developing an understanding of the variety of social-ecological factors that advance individuals’ mental health adjustment. The PhD program prepares students as counselor educators. It is not a psychology program and does not prepare students for licensure as a psychologist.

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.