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This program offers doctoral preparation for counseling and therapy professionals who seek to advance in the counseling profession or in leadership positions in academic, clinical, and consultative settings. Successful graduates of this degree program are prepared to pursue positions as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and advanced practitioners in academic and clinical settings.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision specialization

  • General Counselor Education and Supervision

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella University's PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020.
  • Capella is the leader in online counseling education and offers a broad portfolio of counseling-related specializations.
  • All members of Capella's counseling faculty hold doctoral degrees from accredited institutions.
  • The 2017 Counseling Education Unit Annual Report is available.
  • Eleven learners graduated from the Counselor Education and Supervision program between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
  • The current completion rate for learners from the PhD in CES program that enrolled in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and graduated within 28 quarters is 44%.1

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the current theories and practices of the counseling profession.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to one's personal and professional development.
  3. Conduct and contribute valid, reliable, and ethical research in the counseling profession.
  4. Think critically and write effectively in one's discipline and/or professional practice.
  5. Lead and advocate for inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.
  6. Practice social and professional ethics.

1Completion rate for the doctoral program is the percentage of those learners from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 cohorts (learners who register for a second course in the year specified and complete their degree) – who finished their degree within 28 quarters. Out of 16 PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners that registered, 7 graduated within 28 quarters.

Doctoral Counseling-Related Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across counseling-related doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career Preparation
  All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

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Career Preparation
All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 88%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 70%

Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 75%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career Preparation
  All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 50%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 33%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 33%

Received a salary increase: 50%

Received a promotion: 25%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Doctoral Counseling-Related Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all counseling-related programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella
All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella : 63%

I am satisfied with my Capella education : 100%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree : 100%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Our doctoral graduates report they have gained practical knowledge and expertise which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Skills & Abilities
All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

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Improvements in Skills & Abilities
All Counseling-Related Doctoral Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 86%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 86%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses, and occupations. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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"I'm able to talk to victims of domestic violence about how to reduce their likelihood of being a victim. This is a real-world application of the Scholar-Practitioner Model and I am honored to be a part of it."

Jesse Collins, PhD

2010 Graduate

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Specialization in  Psychology