FAQs: Ph.D. in Counseling

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Frequently asked questions

This is a collection of questions asked by prospective students of the Ph.D. in Counseling Education program.

What careers are available to Counselor Educators?

Many of our graduates teach in counseling programs as full time or part time faculty. Counselor education also prepares you for advanced clinical work and supervision. Many of our students choose portfolio careers which include leadership, teaching, clinical work and supervision.

When am I required to travel to classes in Wilsonville?

Our classes meet in person twice every term on Friday and Saturday. The classes meet from 9-5. During the academic year, classes are held the second and eighth weekend of each term. During the summer, classes meet the second and sixth week. The term is ten weeks long, so there are four quarters in a year. Students travel to Wilsonville, Ore. (just south of Portland) a total of sixteen times to complete their course work. This does not include other travel required

You attend classes in person for the first two years of your program. Classes are held online the third year.

How do classes meet online?

Many of our classes involve synchronous and asynchronous instruction. This means that they meet together as a group once a week at a preassigned time using Adobe Connect. Additionally, there is often work to complete on your own schedule via Canvas that may include readings and discussion forums or quizzes.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Although the degree may be completed in three years, the typical student takes four years to complete.

Where will I complete my internship?

Internship activities (supervision, counseling, university teaching, and advocacy/leadership) are completed where you live usually. Most of our students are already engaging in counseling, so their work site is also their internship site. Additionally, they form relationships with local universities, agencies, and/or counseling organizations to complete other requirements.

Does this degree prepare me for additional licensure?

No, the Ph.D. with a major in Counseling is designed to prepare you for a career of teaching, advanced clinical practice and supervision.  You do not qualify for any licensure beyond master’s level licensure (LPC, LCSW, etc…).

What are the prerequisites for admission?

Please see our application for a full list of prerequisites. You must have completed a 600 hr. clinical internship with documented programmatic supervision to apply.

May I apply immediately after finishing my master’s degree?

You may apply, but we rarely admit students who do not have several years of clinical experience. Since you are training to become an advanced practitioner and supervisor, experience in counseling is a must. Our typical successful applicant has at least two years of post-masters experience.

Are graduate assistantships available?

No, this is an Ecampus program designed for students who are working across the country. At this time, there are no available assistantships.

May I complete the program from another country?

Generally, this is not possible given the amount of travel and synchronous instructions requirements. The time zone changes make it very difficult.

I live on the East Coast, will that work?

Our students travel from all over the United States. Many do travel from the East Coast.

What masters degrees are acceptable?

Again, you must have completed a 600 hr. clinical internship to apply. We have students with degrees in counseling, counseling psychology, and social work currently.

When are application deadlines?

Applications are due on January 29. We admit a cohort of students each year for the summer term which begins in late June.

How many credit hours are required for the Ph.D.?

150 quarter hours are required. 56 hours may be transferred from your master’s degree. If your previous degree was semester hours, you may convert them to quarter hours using a ratio of 2:3 semester hours to quarter hours.

Who should I contact with more questions?

For Ph.D. inquiries and pre-admission advising contact: Mary Aguilera, mary.aguilera@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2232.



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