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Counseling (Education, Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Counseling is intended to prepare professional counselors to provide leadership in the profession of counseling. Counseling leaders must be excellent counselors, supervisors, teachers, researchers, and scholars. The program is designed to enhance the counseling skills of doctoral students, prepare counselors for the roles of clinical and administrative supervision, develop the teaching skills of students, teach students to conduct research, and prepare students to become counseling scholars. The program prepares doctoral students to become university faculty members in counselor education programs and leaders in a variety of counseling specializations (e.g., clinical mental health counseling, school counseling).

Counseling (Education, Ph.D.)


Description


What is Counseling at ODU like?

The Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Counseling is intended to prepare professional counselors to provide leadership in the profession of counseling. Counseling leaders must be excellent counselors, supervisors, teachers, researchers, and scholars. The program is designed to enhance the counseling skills of doctoral students, prepare counselors for the roles of clinical and administrative supervision, develop the teaching skills of students, teach students to conduct research, and prepare students to become counseling scholars. The program prepares doctoral students to become university faculty members in counselor education programs and leaders in a variety of counseling specializations (e.g., clinical mental health counseling, school counseling).

Program Highlights


What makes Counseling at ODU unique?

  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

  • Study full-time or part-time

  • Full-time students usually complete their degree in three years

  • Part-time students usually complete their degree in four years

  • Opportunities for research collaboration with nationally-known counseling faculty

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

$72,410

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$107,670

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Medical and Health Services Managers

$111,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Survey Researchers

$60,700

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas, Mental Health Director at LGBT Life Center, Assistant Professor at University of Toledo, Director of Academic Development at Eastern Virginia Medical School

Courses


What are some courses offered in Counseling at ODU?

COUN 670:
Introduction to Counseling Supervision


This course provides an opportunity to learn one's personal style for supervision, to have supervised field supervision experiences and to gain an understanding of the different models of supervision. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling Graduate Program or graduate director approval; COUN 601, COUN 669.

COUN 820:
Counselor Education Teaching and Practice


This course prepares students to teach counseling and related courses. Topics covered are learning theories, retention of material, motivation, classroom instructional strategies and techniques, and assessment of learning from the core learning expectations.

COUN 869:
Advanced Supervised Practicum in Counseling


THIS COURSE REQUIRES A COMPLETED ODU CLEARANCE/BACKGROUND CHECK PRIOR TO ENTERING A SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY AGENCY WWW.ODU.EDU/TES FOR CLEARANCE PROCEDURES. TAKES 8 WEEKS

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Counseling at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Counseling should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program in Counseling must have a master's degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) or the equivalent. Admitted individuals who do not have a CACREP-accredited master's degree in counseling must complete any missing master’s level coursework as part of their doctoral program of study as a part of their Ph.D. program.

Upon reviewing application materials, counseling faculty will make a decision on each applicant’s potential for success and fit for the doctoral program. Then, applicants will be invited to the following processes:

Ethical Dilemma Writing Sample: Applicant will be given an hour to respond to an ethical dilemma at a designated day and time.

Live Interview: Applicant will attend a 30-minute online interview with a minimum of three faculty members.  

  • Application Deadline:
    Fall, Spring & Summer: October 1
    International: October 1

     

     

For admission to the Counseling program


GPA:

Based on transcripts from all prior graduate programs


Test:

GRE


Recommendation:

Minimum two, maximum three recommendation letters. If possible, include one from a former instructor in your master's program, and one from your internship or job supervisor (letters from others are also acceptable).


Essay:

Write and submit an original double-spaced 3 to 5 page essay that will be reviewed for content and will be used to judge your written communication skills. Your essay should include a summary of your work experiences, reasons for wanting a Ph.D. in Counseling at ODU, evidence of cultural sensitivity and awareness, how you believe you have been, or will be a leader and advocate for the counseling profession, and ideas about scholarship you might pursue in your doctoral program (e.g., dissertation).


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Full-Time Students


Students who study full-time often are awarded assistantships which include tuition waivers. 

Part-Time Students


Students who study part-time are eligible for student loans.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Counseling Graduate Program Director


Name:

Gulsah Kemer


Location:

2106 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3225


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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