Campus: Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

The Counselor Education doctoral program is designed to help skilled counselors become counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and leaders in the counseling profession.

22 Alumni on Faculty at over 22 Colleges and Universities
3 Years (Typical time to degree)
4-6 Small Cohorts of Doctoral Students
1974 First doctoral degree earned
Our Counselor Education 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.


Why Study Counselor Education Here?

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.

The faculty and my fellow students have been paramount in my continuing development as an educator, researcher, and advocate.  Every step of my journey so far has been with support and guidance in an encouraging way.  The program works in collaboration to promote the development of the students.  The learning does not occur only in the classroom settings. It also happens through the relationships and partnerships created within the program. I am positive the many relationships forged at VT will remain well past graduation.

Karen Raymond

The faculty has been incredibly supportive throughout this entire doctoral experience. They help connect me with the resources I need to further my goals in research, and they encourage me in my ideas. I've experienced so much growth in the program through the courses, research opportunities, and faculty guidance. I love working with the Master's students and being part of their journey. I definitely won't be leaving the same person I was when I entered.

Ariann Robino
Faculty Research Interests

-Counselor cognitive development

-Evidence-based practices in counselor education and supervision

-Supervisor development

-Counseling assessment


 - Clinical preparation as preparation for doctoral programs in Counselor Education

- School counselor professional development

- Role definition

- Ethics and self-efficacy

- International school counseling

- Clinical supervision

- Counselor development

- Substance abuse counseling

- Counselor wellness and impairment issues


- Counselor competence with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients

- LGBTQ-affirmative training

- Clinical supervision techniques and pedagogy to develop counselor personhood

- Mindfulness practices in counselor education

- Mindfulness in K-12 education


- Adult Development and Aging

- Counseling Older Adults

- Access to Mental Health Services in Later Life

- Suicide Prevention Across the Life Span

- Application of Resilience and Wellness Models


Counselor Education Research Highlights

Advocating for Educational Standards in Counselor Licensure Laws

As the counseling profession evolves, educational standards for counselor licen- sure must be standardized from state to state. In this article, the authors discuss

historical and current influences and present an advocacy model that has been used to standardize educational requirements in state counselor licensure laws.


Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.) should contact the program director, Laura B. Welfare, by email at or by phone at 540-231-8194.

Visit our office at 226 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall:  April 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: November 1


Laura E. Welfare
Program Leader
2002 VT CRC(0302)
1750 Kraft Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061