The Counselor Education program at Wayne State University offers both a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling degree. This program is intended to prepare counselor educators, supervisors and advanced practitioners for professional leadership roles in counselor education and supervision. It includes skills related to advanced counseling practice, consultation services, and research expected of doctoral graduates in both academic and clinical settings. The doctoral program's primary obligation is to extend the knowledge and skill bases of the counseling profession. Doctoral study utilizes a climate of scholarly inquiry to promote this extension of skills and knowledge.
Doctoral study is not an entry level program, but builds on a Masters-level preparation in counseling. Students admitted to doctoral studies must satisfy entry-level standards as defined in the prerequisites section herein before beginning advanced level course work.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) consists of advanced courses designed for those persons who wish to become directors of guidance or pupil personnel programs, or coordinators or consultants in guidance and counseling programs in K-12 and intermediate school districts. The Ed.D. provides opportunities to improve skills and competencies as school counselors in counseling, program development, career development, consultation, research, and supervision of counseling.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is generally required for those intending to teach, conduct research, or provide counseling services in universities and colleges. In addition, those desiring counseling positions in governmental or community agencies, etc. may require advanced training in counseling theory and practice, consultation, scholarly research, and supervision of counselors.
In keeping with the urban mission of the University, the Counselor Education (CED) Doctoral program in Counseling is an educational experience that is designed to help students become facilitative counselors and educators who are reflective, innovative professionals committed and competent to help clients, colleagues, and themselves acquire knowledge, skills and understandings necessary to participate in and contribute to the quality of life in a complex, changing urban society.