Ed.D in Mental Health Counseling & Supervision CA5

The core program leads a NYS Certification in Mental Health Counseling licensure eligibility.

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 CA5 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • [MB1] (10+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 96 credits of which 6-9 are field experiences. The detailed Ed.D in Mental Health Counseling & Supervision CA5 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 Mental Health Counseling & Supervision CA5

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   
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
EDU466 Problem Identification and Intervention in Counseling I
EDU473 Problem Identification and Intervention in Counseling II

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)
EDF560 Supervised Internship in Mental Health Counseling (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 NYS licensure and CACREP accreditation requirements, entry-level courses must cover all of the following areas:
Counseling Theory and Practice
Psychopathology (EDU466/473: Problem Identification and Intervention in Counseling I & II, OR equivalent)
Professional Orientation and Ethics
Life Style and Career Development (e.g., EDU454: Career Counseling and Development)
Group Dynamics
Social and Cultural Foundations (e.g., EDU470: Multi-cultural Counseling)
Addictions Counseling and Prevention
Assessment and Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
Basic Clinical Counseling Instruction
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (i.e., EDU472: Principles and Practices of Community and Mental Health Counseling)
Research and Program Evaluation
Human Growth and Development
Mental Health Counseling Internship

3. Students need to complete a total of 9 credits of internship, of which 6 must have Mental Health Counseling focus (for a total of at least 600 hours). Students who have already completed Mental Health Counseling internships as part of their master's degree may be able to substitute some of these experiences; please talk with your advisor to determine if this applies to you and its implications in terms of internship requirements left to complete.

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.

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
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • 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