Ed.D. in Counseling & Human Dev. (w/ spec. in Counseling) CA3

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the CA3 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (15 Additional Credits)
  • [MB1] (10+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 96 credits. The detailed Ed.D. in Counseling & Human Dev. (w/ spec. in Counseling) CA3 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for Ed.D. in Counseling & Human Dev. (w/ spec. in Counseling) CA3

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 36 credits in entry-level or advanced courses in counseling -- see Note 1 at end for more detail. (NOTE: Often these courses are transferred from previous graduate programs.)

Research Methods Courses   
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED528 Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software (1 credit)

Program Core   

A course in sociological processes in human development:
EDU565 Research in Life Course Studies

Choose one course in psychological processes in human development; eligible courses include:
EDU560 Research in Cognitive Development
EDU557 Selected Theories of Human Development
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development
EDU479 Promoting Mental Health in Midlife and Old Age
EDE423 Spirituality, Religion, and Healing in Counseling
EDU514 Mind/Body Approaches to Healing Chronic Pain
EDU510 Working with Clients Defenses: Psychodynamic and other Emotion-Focused Approaches

Choose one course in human development in social context; eligible courses include:
EDU572 Development of Selves
EDU557 Selected Theories of Human Development
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU494 Adult Development and Aging
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences

Required Counseling Foundation Courses
EDU552 Counselor Education
EDU553 Counselor Supervision
EDU554 Advanced Theory, Research, and Practice in Group Work
EDU555 Advanced Counseling Theory, Research, and Practice
EDU563 Advocacy, Consulting, and Systems Change as Counseling and Human Development Practice
EDU564 Contemporary Trends in Mental Health, Appraisal, Intervention and Research

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE562 Portfolio Review: Counseling & Human Development
EDE556 Comprehensive Exam Research: Counseling & Human Development EdD
ED520 Program Evaluation

Choose a combination of ED593: Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (at least 9 credits recommended), advanced research methods courses, and/or ED591: Independent Study, for a total of 9-15 credits.


Select electives as needed to reach a total of 96 credits for the program; these courses should be used to enhance curricular experiences, develop expertise or counseling specialty, or meet NBCC, NCC or CACREP requirements (see Note 3 at section end)

EDF558 Supervised Internship in Counselor Education I (Doctoral)
EDF559 Supervised Internship in Counselor Education II (Doctoral)


1. EDU557 is an advanced seminar course in which the focus rotates among a variety of topics that reflect the expertise of individual human development faculty. Advisors can assist the student in determining whether a particular variation of the course is better suited to the psychological processes in human development requirement versus the social context in human development requirement.

2. In order to meet CACREP accreditation requirements, entry-level courses must cover all of the following areas:
Counseling Theory
Counseling Practice
Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
Career Counseling and Development
Group Counseling, Group Work, Group Dynamics
Multi-Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
Contemporary Issues in School Counseling (school)
Addictions Counseling and Prevention (community)
Assessment, Appraisal, Diagnosis
Supervised Practicum in Counseling
600-Hour Supervised Internship

3. As part of their program, doctoral students must develop a special area of counseling expertise. Courses and experiences to develop this specialty area are not in addition to the rest of the program, but are part of the program. Possible specialty areas include:

Clinical Supervision
Human Development
Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling
Multi-Cultural Counseling
Gerontological Counseling
Values and Character Development
School, Family, Community Relations
Career Counseling and Development
College Counseling
Student Affairs Programs
Group Work
Mental Health Counseling
Child and Adolescent Development
Advocacy and Systems Change

Please indicate here the chosen area of specialty:_________________________

Students must take 9-12 credits in their specialty area by doing 3-4 of the following courses or experiences: Elective Courses, Independent Study Courses, Field Studies/Research Apprenticeship, Supervised Internship II, Dissertation Research. Please mark with an asterisk (*) the coursework that you will be using to fulfill the requirement of 9-12 credits in your chosen specialty area.

4. ED593: Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) can only be taken after completing the comprehensive exam.

5. Comprehensive Exam Registration:

Candidates may register for 0-6 comprehensive exam credit hours in a given semester. Candidates may not register for more than 6 total comprehensive exam credit hours during their program.

Candidates undertaking their comprehensive exam and who wish to maintain full-time enrollment can register for one of the following additional designations: ED999 or ED998.

Candidates cannot register for ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) or ED595 Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) until they have completed their comprehensive exams.

Advisors will record a grade of Incomplete "I" until the candidate has completed all requirements of the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "S" when the candidate has passed, in full, the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "E" when the candidate has failed the comprehensive exam. Candidates who earn a failing grade on the comprehensive exam will be withdrawn from their program.

6. By choosing electives appropriately, students can reduce the number of additional credits required to complete an optional Advanced Certificate as an enhancement to this degree. If interested, be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Portfolio Evaluation Successful completion of a portfolio within the first two years in the program.
  • Comprehensive Exam (see program notes for how to register for exam)
  • Dissertation Proposal Exam (also referred to as "Qualifying Exam")
  • Dissertation Defense