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General Counselor Education and Supervision Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

School of Counseling and Human Services

Inspire & Lead Counselors in the Field

Ready to lead and advocate for individuals and communities? Capella’s CACREP-accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program is your direct path to serving in leadership roles in counseling, academic, or research settings. You’ll practice real-world application of theories, while building your counseling, teaching, research, and supervisory skills.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 12 Core Courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • Dissertation

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Become an Advocate

Lead and advocate for inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.

Grow Your Understanding

Evaluate the current theories and practices of the counseling profession. 

Achieve Your Goals

Demonstrate commitment to your personal and professional development.

Expand Your Influence

Conduct and contribute valid, ethical research to promote evidence-based practice, supervision, and teaching.

Adhere to Ethics

Apply social and professional ethics to counselor education and supervision practice.

Present Professionally

Think critically and write effectively to communicate with diverse individuals and groups.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Credible Program

In this CACREP-accredited program, we design our curriculum around counseling education standards and profession.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Our programs offer convenience and flexibility with access to courseroom anytime, anywhere, with any device, and on your schedule.   

Within the counseling education unit, we’ve formed strategic and academic partnerships with:

The American Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Capella also has chapters of Chi Sigma Iota and Delta Kappa Honor Societies.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$697 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Capella’s CACREP-accredited PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision helps you build skills in multiple methods of graduate-level instructional delivery in counseling/therapy, counseling mental health supervision, and leadership and advocacy.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Practicum / Internship

Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
CES8004 Advanced Research in Human Development
CES8110 Foundations of Advanced Social Science Research and Design
CES8120 Quantitative Methods for Counselor Education Research
CES8722 Counselor Supervision
CES8776 Leadership and Advocacy

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, & Social Work

An overview of similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities in these related fields.

Education in the Field: Practica & Internships at Capella

Learning options like practica and internships provide hands-on, in-person experiences to solidify knowledge.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Counselor educator
  • Adjunct or part-time counseling faculty
  • Full-time counseling faculty
  • Counselor supervisor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based and online college or university
  • College counseling center
  • Community mental health center
  • Family service agency
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency
  • Military
  • Private/group practice
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Prison
  • Hospital

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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