Advance your counseling career  
as an expert clinician & educator.

Advance your counseling career
as an expert clinician & educator.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Prepare to become an expert clinician, scholar, professor, supervisor, trainer or consultant in counselor education and supervision
  • Earn your Ph.D. in three years of full-time study
  • Classes are offered in evening and online formats
  • Receive advanced clinical therapy training combined with teaching and training in scholarly publication and research.

Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Adler University is for those who hold master’s degrees in counseling or related fields, and pursue advanced expertise and excellence in teaching, research, leadership and advocacy, counseling, and supervision.

Designed to meet the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as well as the Higher Learning Commission, our innovative program reflects our University’s social justice mission.  Themes of social justice, diversity, multiculturalism, oppression, freedom, and liberation are integrated throughout our curriculum, by faculty members who have practiced and published in these areas. Our focus is empowering individuals to identify and address shared problems, and to foster the development of social equality and social justice throughout the global community.

We also emphasize scholarship and socially responsible practice. Adler has earned a national reputation for training culturally competent clinicians with this unique emphasis, as well as national recognition for innovative practices in graduate education—evident through the work of our students and faculty.


Our program is designed to prepare our doctoral graduates with the advanced skills, knowledge and experience for roles such as:

  • Advanced clinical administrator
  • Advanced clinical supervisor
  • Advanced clinician
  • Consultant in private practice
  • Professor of counselor education and supervision or another counseling discipline

Our students are prepared for careers in a wide variety of diverse settings, including academia, community agencies, mental health counseling centers, employee assistance programs, research institutions, hospitals, and other healthcare and mental healthcare settings. We also train doctoral students on how to establish their own successful private consulting practices. 

Professional Development &Training

You’ll enjoy individualized attention from our faculty through advising, mentoring, and professional scholarship and collaboration. Our diverse teaching faculty is made up of scholars, practicing clinicians, and researchers with extensive scholarly and research experience in counselor education and supervision, as well as related fields. Recognized as leaders in their fields, they bring intensive real-world experience to the classroom.

Through strong faculty support and professional networks, along with the University’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our doctoral students gain valuable experience in scholarship, clinical therapy, clinical supervision, leadership, advocacy, teaching, and consulting.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete an advanced clinical practicum and an internship that meets requirements of The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Your internship will consist of 600 training hours in clinical supervision, clinical therapy, teaching, diversity, leadership, and advocacy segments.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study. Designed for working professionals, you may complete classes in campus and blended (partially online) settings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.