Counselor Education, Education (PhD)


Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and School Psychology


The Counselor Education track in the Education PhD program is intended for those who wish to pursue careers as counselor educators in higher education or serve as supervisors in schools or agencies. In addition to advanced curricular experiences in counseling, our courses are designed to examine the fundamental issues and theories of consultation, research, supervision and teaching adults in higher education settings, including supervised experiences in each of these areas.

Program Features

  • UCF’s Counselor Education program is accredited with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Our program is built on a cohort model. Each academic year, we select five to six highly qualified students to join our counseling community at UCF. Our students learn together, present at conferences, support each other and have fun together.
  • The PhD program is full-time and structured for completion in three years (eight to nine semesters).
  • The UCF Community Counseling and Research Center serves as an outstanding training facility for our students and provides counseling services to over 1,200 Central Florida residents at no cost. Doctoral students have opportunities to practice their supervision skills with counselors-in-training.
  • Our program hosts the UCF Counseling Conference – an annual event that supports the counseling community
    in Central Florida. Doctoral students help coordinate the conference as well as present on topics and issues
    that address the current needs of counseling practitioners.

Faculty Research

Our faculty engage in impactful research. Over the last five years, our faculty received more than $10 million in external research funding. Three of our faculty members are American Counseling Association Fellows. Faculty research include but are not limited to:

  • Addictions
  • Counselor Assessment and Supervision
  • Health Disparities
  • HIV Education
  • Military Counseling
  • Marriage and Family/Couples Issues
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • Neuroscience and Brain Health
  • Play Therapy
  • Trauma and Loss
  • School Counseling

Student Success

In general, our doctoral students graduate with the following opportunities:

  • One to two manuscripts either published or in press in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Co-teaching experience (co-instructor of record) in at least two to three core counseling courses.
  • Supervision experience with at least six master’s level counseling students.
  • Presentations at approximately ten conferences at local, regional, national and international levels.
  • Leadership positions with local, regional and national associations and their affiliated divisions, including Florida Counseling Association, American Counseling Association and the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.
  • Receipt of national awards in areas of research and leadership.
  • Selection as NBCC Fellows, McNair Fellows, and National Holmes Scholars.
  • Clinical experience at our nationally-recognized Community Counseling and Research Center.
  • Secured faculty positions at well-known universities (Approximately 81% as of 2017-2018). See FAQ for specific institutions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals who are ready to learn, to be challenged, to embrace change, and appreciate diversity. We are seeking those with a master’s degree in counseling or counselor education. We strongly prefer individuals with at least two year of post-master’s clinical experience. See the program’s catalog page for specific application information.

Due to the structured nature of the program and the quality of immersion into teaching, research, and service, students find it challenging to maintain employment. Additional demands from graduate assistantships require students to work on campus 20 hours a week.

Our program is structured for completion in three years (8-9 semesters).

Students are required to complete master’s level coursework in the below eight core areas. An official transcript verifying completion will be needed for consideration into the program.

  • Assessment and Testing
  • Career Development
  • Counseling and Helping Relationship
  • Group Counseling and Group Work
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Social and Cultural Diversity

Students who are accepted into the program are offered an assistantship (based on funding availability). Traditionally, assistantships add up to approximately $18,500 annually ($7,000 Fall/Spring; $4,500 Summer) plus waived tuition and student health insurance. Some assistantships may differ based on faculty grant funding. Competitive fellowships are also available to those who qualify and are selected by the fellowship committee. Fellowships range from $5,000 to $20,000 annually for up to three years.

No, there is not a specific requirement. Focus on your clinical and research experiences. Include your anticipated research line of inquiry and your reasons for choosing to pursue a doctorate at UCF.

Our students are encouraged to pursue collaborative efforts with all our faculty. Several of our courses promote student/faculty connections for manuscript development, co-teaching, as well as research. Outside of the course expectations, students and faculty engage in research covering varied topics:

  • Addictions
  • Counselor Assessment & Supervision
  • Health Disparities
  • HIV Education
  • Marriage and Family/Couples Issues
  • Military Counseling
  • Multicultural and Diversity
  • Neuroscience and Brain Health
  • Play Therapy
  • School Counseling
  • Trauma and Loss

All of our counselor education doctoral courses are offered face to face.

81% of our doctoral graduates work as counselor educators.

Higher Education Institutions

  • College of William & Mary
  • Colorado State University
  • George Washington University
  • Lamar University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rowan University
  • Stetson University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Florida
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
  • University of North Texas
  • University of San Diego
  • University of South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wake Forest University
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