Counselor Education Program (MA, PhD)

Doctoral Program in Counselor Education

The Counselor Education program is determined to be the pre-eminent program in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for training and research in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, school psychology, and counselor education and supervision consistent with the public metropolitan mission of the University of Toledo. Toward this end, the Program offers student-centered programs that integrate learning, discovery, and engagement, so that both traditional and nontraditional students may achieve their highest potential in an environment that embraces and celebrates human diversity, respect for the individual, and freedom of expression. The Program commits itself to achieving excellence through direct service to students, distance learning opportunities, research contributions to the professional knowledge base, and partnerships with community schools, agencies, and healthcare providers.

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Department Objectives

After successfully completing the program, students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate the highest level of competency achievable at all academic levels, i.e., associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral.
  • Understand the present and projected needs of a pluralistic society.
  • Demonstrate specialized counseling, school psychology, and human development skills needed to work with a diverse metropolitan population in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, mental health agencies, substance abuse programs, and the schools.
  • Demonstrate competency in a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, individual, group, family, substance abuse, and gerontological therapies and prevention techniques.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with families and individuals at all levels of development from children to adolescents, adults, and elderly.
  • Understand and use the most current counseling and school psychological techniques and knowledge base.
  • Conduct research and contribute to the counseling and school psychological knowledge base and train and encourage students and graduates to do the same.

Doctoral Program Objectives

The doctoral program in Counselor Education is intended to prepare professional leaders in their respective fields. Applicants are expected to possess the entry-level knowledge and skills received at the master's level. The doctoral program objectives and curricular experiences reflect an extension of those offered at the master's level.

Applicants to the doctoral program in Counselor Education are expected to possess all of the knowledge and skills required of graduates of a CACREP-accredited entry-level program in counselor education and meet academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) in Ohio. The doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision provides advanced preparation in:

  1. Counselor Education & Supervision,
  2. Advanced Counseling Practice,
  3. Professional Leadership,
  4. Research,
  5. Sociocultural Factors

Program objectives specific to these areas have been developed for the doctoral program in Counselor Education.

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The Department welcomes inquiries into its programs. Interested persons and potential applicants should contact Madeline Clark, PhD, Doctoral Program Coordinator (phone: 419-530-4775 or email Potential applicants are  encouraged to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Madeline Clark about the program prior to submitting their applications. Persons applying for admission to doctoral study in Counselor Education must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and the Counselor Education program. Individuals interested in applying are encouraged to read the Doctoral Student Handbook and the Application Questions for the Written Statement. The deadlines for submitting applications for admission to the program are September 15, January 15, and May 15.

The Counselor Education Program has an equal opportunity admissions policy and does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual preference, or handicapping condition. It is a policy of the Counselor Education Program to encourage individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, or social backgrounds to apply for admission.

New Student Orientation

We have a Doctoral Program new student orientation video available for student use. Click on the following links to view Orientation Part 1 and Orientation Part 2. Click on this link to get a copy of the Doctoral Plan of Study.


The Doctoral program in Counselor Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) located at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA  22314, Telephone Number: 703-535-5990.


Last Updated: 8/13/19