Counselor Education and Supervision (EdD)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

Developed with the working professional in mind, the EdD is a 60-credit hour, evening and weekend, year-round program that can be completed in four years, taking as little as six credits per semester. An accelerated track is also available, completing nine credits per semester over a three-year period. Successful completion of the program includes a written and oral examination and the dissertation sequence.





Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all coursework, with no individual course grade lower than C.


All graduate students are expected to attend all class meetings. If a student is unable to attend a class, the student must contact the instructor and take responsibility to meet the class objectives. This makeup will ordinarily require additional written work. It is the duty of the student to make arrangements for missed work. If more than one class meeting is missed within a course, the student shall contact the instructor and the CES director in advance to discuss whether the student should enroll in the course at another time.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credits upon Admission

Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to 15 credits may be transferred to Viterbo University from another doctoral program. These credits must meet equivalency requirements of the Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Viterbo University. Students may transfer up to nine credits of graduate level coursework completed at a CACREP, or equivalent, program. In order to be considered for transfer, a grade of ‘B’ or better must have been earned. Transfer credits must be graduate credits taken from an accredited institution of higher education and completed within the last five years. Coursework older than five years may be credited based on an individual review of this coursework. Students who wish to transfer credits must schedule a meeting with the director or coordinator of the Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education and Supervision program. Occasionally transfer credits may be accepted after admission; all such requests need to be approved by the program director. Students will receive written notification about whether or not transfer credits are accepted.

Transfer Credits after Admission

The faculty of the Viterbo University Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision program has carefully planned and developed a curriculum to meet the needs of the students and their selected career paths.


All students are required to complete 60 credits and maintain a 3.0 grade point average to be awarded the doctoral in counseling, education, and supervision degree. The core courses will include practicum experiences and research activities. Initial contact with one’s academic advisor will focus on developing an academic plan.


All students will complete a dissertation prior to graduation from the EdDCES program. During the program students are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully accomplish a dissertation. Each student will select a faculty mentor and a committee to help with this process. Students are required to select topics that focus on areas relevant to counseling practice, counselor education, and/or supervision. Additional information can be found in the Ed.D. Dissertation Overview. A final copy of the dissertation will be submitted to the program director and archived in the Viterbo University Todd Wehr Memorial Library.

Learning Outcomes
  • Advanced Practice: Develop advanced professional competency with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in counseling theory and assessment practices.
  • Supervision: Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize supervisory relationships and deliver high-quality supervision.
  • Counselor Education: Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the processes of teaching and learning, as well as student assessment and program evaluation.
  • Research: Develop high levels of competence in conceptualizing, planning, conducting, and interpreting research relevant to the profession of counseling.
  • Leadership and Advocacy: Demonstrate an active role in their professional communities and the larger society they serve, advocating for improvement in standards of service delivery and access to resources.
  • Integrative Behavioral Health: Integrate the knowledge and skills of counselor education and supervision to the specific training competencies required for integrative behavioral health care.
  • Fieldwork: The application of theory within an apprenticeship model that provides relevant supervised experiences in counselor education, counseling supervision, and advanced professional counseling.

The Counselor Education and Supervision Program was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in May of 2018.