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Counselor Education and Supervision

*Ph.D. in Counselor Education


Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

The Counselor Education Doctoral Program is Designed to help skilled counselors become counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and leaders in the counseling profession. The Virginia Tech Counselor Education Ph.D. program prepares students to function as counselor educators, clinical supervisors, or advanced clinicians, through coursework and practical training. 


Why choose this program?

  • Counselor Educators and Supervisors are those skilled counselors who both do and teach. Counselor educators help to support the development of counseling students through direct instruction, as faculty in colleges and universities, and also through the supervision of the work done by students and new professionals. Those are central components of ensuring high quality clinical work, and protecting the clients who are served by counselors.
  • The counselor education program in Virginia Tech's School of Education helps excellent counselors shape the future of the counseling profession through teaching, supervision, advocacy, and research. Our program believes strongly in the researcher-practitioner model. Our students receive a strong foundation in research methods that help them to design and conduct research that can be translated into practice.

What You'll Study

The Virginia Tech Counselor Education Ph.D. program prepares students to function as counselor educators, clinical supervisors, or advanced clinicians, through coursework and practical training. The doctoral coursework extends areas of expertise in theory and practice, clinical supervision, leadership, and advocacy. Doctoral students complete a clinically oriented Advanced Practicum, a Doctoral Teaching Internship, a Doctoral Supervision Internship, and other doctoral internships as appropriate for the student’s goals. Doctoral students in the Virginia Tech program have access to the latest instructional technologies, work closely with the faculty, and often collaborate on research, publications, and conference presentations.

Students who complete the Ph.D. program typically seek employment as counselor educators, higher education administrators, college counselors, clinical mental health supervisors, or K-12 school counseling leaders. Our program graduates have been tremendously successful, and consistently and secure appointments to the faculty in colleges and universities across the country. Moreover, they are leaders in the field, serving in elected and appointed roles, and helping to shape counseling policy and practice.

Counselor educators are also advocates who help to shape the counseling profession, and address issues of injustice and inequity in our schools and communities. And our students get ample experience working in the classroom side-by-side with the faculty, in providing supervision to counselors in training.

It is incredibly rewarding to be able to see the development of counseling students as they become professional counselors themselves. In order to be effective in this work, counselor educators must have excellent clinical skills, and be up to date on the latest developments in the field.  As a result, counselor educators are actively engaged in research to better understand what works in teaching, supervision, and clinical work. Research interests can be as varied as issues that may appear in a counseling session, and that research helps inform practice. Finally, because counselor educators are so involved in shaping the future of the profession through the preparation of counselors, they are also ideally situated to be advocates and leaders for the counseling profession.

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life.

  • Doctoral program admission requirements include a master's degree in Counselor Education or a closely related field, including a counseling practicum and internship experience. Applicants with degrees in other counseling fields (i.e., Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology) are considered but may be required to complete the CACREP master's degree core courses that were not included in their degrees.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the master's program
  • Applicants with at least two years of post-masters counseling experience are given the strongest consideration.
  • Have career goals consistent with the degree offered by the Counselor Education program

Learn more 

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

We strongly encourage applications to be submitted by November 1, for full funding consideration. We admit students once per year, to enroll in the Fall semester. Applications must be received by:

Domestic and International Application

  • April 1

Nancy Bodenhorn
Program Leader

1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2112 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8180 |

Kathy Tickle
Program Support Technician
Enrollment Services Specialist
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9721 |

School of Education Academic Programs Support


Matthew Fullen
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2005
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Wanda McAlexander
Program Support Technician
1750 Kraft Drive, Rm 2100
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Faculty Experts in Counselor Education