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Chicago | Doctorate

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares students to become expert clinicians, academics, or professional consultants in a unique program guided by themes of freedom and liberation. Our program develops empathetic, compassionate, and socially responsible leaders to promote humanistic scholarship and practice.

Students are prepared to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and encouraged to examine and engage research interests that will drive their doctoral dissertation. Upon graduation, many work as professional consultants, advanced clinicians, and in academia.

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 counseling and therapy, clinical supervision, leadership, advocacy, teaching, and consulting.



The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision is a 60-credit program. As part of the program, students will complete a clinical practicum, an internship, social justice internship, comprehensive examination and dissertation.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to have adequate coursework in the following areas. Applicants who did not graduate from a CACREP-accredited or equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level counseling course areas and whether they need to complete additional master’s-level courses prior to the beginning of the doctoral program.

Core Courses
  • Professional Orientation and Scholarly Endeavors I
  • Professional Orientation and Scholarly Endeavors II
  • Professional Orientation and Scholarly Endeavors III
  • Advanced Counseling Theories, Integration, & Change
  • Advanced Multicultural Counseling, Advocacy, & Leadership
  • Pedagogy in Counselor Education
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Program Research, Evaluation, and Development
  • Trauma, Crisis, and Disaster Interventions
  • Advanced Group Counseling and Supervision
  • Advanced Techniques in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Counseling
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Counseling
  • Applied Statistical and Qualitative Analyses in Research
  • Consultation in Counseling and Mental Health

Students may choose three, three-hour courses offered by the program, or 700- or 800-level courses listed in the department elective menu with approval from their Faculty Advisor.

Advanced Clinical Practicum:

  • Advanced Clinical Counseling Practicum and Seminar

Field Training: Counselor Education and Supervision Internships 
Internships and seminars listed below can be taken concurrently. However, Social Justice Internships must be taken in the order of I and II.

Required Internship Courses:

  • DCES Internship and Seminar I
  • DCES Internship and Seminar II
  • DCES Internship and Seminar III
  • DCES Internship and Seminar IV

For students who have taken Social Justice Practicum at Adler in their master’s-level studies prior to the admissions to the Ph.D. CES program:

  • DCES Internship and Seminar V
  • DCES Internship and Seminar VI

Students who did not have Social Justice Practicum at Adler in their master’s-level studies prior to the admissions to the Ph.D. CES program at Adler are required to take Social Justice Internship in the fall and spring semesters of their third year in the program:

  • Social Justice Internship I
  • Social Justice Internship II

DCES Comprehensive Examination:

  • DCES Comprehensive Examination


  • DCES Dissertation I
  • DCES Dissertation II
  • DCES Dissertation III

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Student Data

The following are the most recent program outcomes for DCES. On a regular basis, Adler surveys students, graduates, site supervisors, and employers to obtain useful information about the program.

  • There are 30 students currently enrolled in the program
  • We have had 5 graduates in the past academic year
  • The rate of completion at this time is 71% (5 out of 7) although this is the first cohort of students and they have until 2022 to graduate
  • Job placement rates for graduates is 80% within 5 months of graduation

Please click here for the 2017-18 Program Evaluation Report.
Please click here for the 2016-17 Program Evaluation Report.
Please click here for the 2015-16 Program Evaluation Report.


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

  • Leaders and administrators in the profession
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Expert clinician in area of practice
  • Clinical and Specialist Consultant
  • Professor of counselor education programs or other counseling disciplines
  • Skilled researcher and scholar in the advancement of the field of counseling

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

Professional Development & Training

You’ll enjoy individualized attention from our faculty through advising, mentoring, and professional scholarship that includes collaboration on publishing projects. Our diverse teaching faculty is made up of scholars, practicing clinicians, consultants, 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 counseling and 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 consists of 600 training hours in the areas of clinical supervision, clinical therapy, teaching, diversity, leadership, and advocacy. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have an array of experiences to equip them to be a well-rounded counselor educator.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students come to Adler with a wide range of personal, professional, and cultural backgrounds and experiences. We admit individuals who can demonstrate a commitment to social justice as well as academic excellence.

Applicants to our Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision program must meet University Admissions requirements in addition to criteria specific to the Ph.D. program. These include:

  • A master’s degree in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • Applicants who did not graduate from CACREP-accredited or equivalent programs may be required to complete the equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum.
  • Successful completion of master’s level counseling coursework, and clinical training, practicum and/or internship as part of a master’s program.
  • An academic record that demonstrates ability to fulfill the academic demands of our program. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate-level coursework.
  • Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview as part of the application process.

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
  • Two letters of Recommendation
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities
    • At least one letter should be from someone with a doctoral degree

Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Adler University – Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].


For more information for International Applicants, click here.

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Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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