Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

The Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling Education and Supervision offers advanced professional preparation for those intending to become university professors of counseling and advanced-level clinical supervisors.

The CES faculty provide instruction and mentorship to help you develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in counseling, supervision, teaching, research, and professional leadership.

This Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The faculty and current students work consistently to create a collegial and collaborative community of acceptance, mentorship, and professional networking within the university, regionally, and nationally.

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision requires a minimum of 84 semester hours, including:

  • 30 semester hours (maximum) from master’s degree coursework
  • 21 credit hours of CES coursework
  • 12 credit hours of research coursework
  • 6-12 credit hours of internship in CES experiences
  • 15 credit hours of dissertation

As an admitted student, you work with faculty advisors to individualize your CES program training to meet your developmental needs and career goals in the specialty of counselor education.

Program Outcomes Report

Last year, there were 3 graduates of Northern Illinois University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. Of the admitted students, 85% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 66% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.




Adam Carter

Suzanne Degges-White

Melissa Fickling

Teresa A. Fisher

Dana Isawi

Jane Rheineck

Scott Wickman


Ph.D. CES Program FAQ

Ph.D. CES Program Flyer


Summer/Fall Semester application review dates:

Priority application deadline: December 1st

General application deadline: February 1st

Late application deadline: April 1st

(summer enrollment may be possible for individuals admited for Fall Semester)

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