The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling is designed to prepare counselor educators for work in counselor education programs and doctoral level counselors for work in university counseling centers and other counseling sites. The major emphasis of this program is to prepare graduates for a career in university teaching, supervision, and research in counseling programs.
Counselor education and counseling students at Idaho State University will be:
- Prepared to teach courses in counseling skills and counseling theories.
- Prepared to supervise counselors and counseling students who are providing individual/triadic, group, and/or marital, couple and family counseling.
- Prepared to teach selected courses in one or more of the CACREP major areas.
- Prepared to teach selected courses in the general CACREP common core.
- Prepared to evaluate counselor education programs and counseling sites.
- Knowledgeable of professional issues in the counselor education and counseling fields.
- Knowledgeable of ethical issues and practices of counselor education and counseling.
- Experienced in developing and conducting research.
- Experienced in writing for professional publication.
- Experienced in the advisement and mentoring of Master of Counseling students.
- Knowledgeable and skilled in providing advanced clinical counseling skills.
- Knowledgeable of the sociological manifestations of cultural diversity.
Apply to the Doctoral Program
Applications are due by Dec.15.
In order to be admitted, applicants are required to complete the on-campus interview process with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. Generally, preference for interviews is given to prospective students who meet all of the requirements.
Admission to the Department of Counseling doctoral program is competitive; satisfactory completion of the entry level Graduate School requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The program only accepts 6 applicants per year, 4 in Pocatello and 2 in Meridian.
To apply to the program, go to Graduate School and click on Graduate Application. The application materials for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling program must be submitted by December 15 to be considered for admission for the following academic year.
General Requirements of the Graduate School:
1. Have a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country. (Must complete the degree before the onset of classes in the fall semester in the year of acceptance.)
2. All applicants admitted into the counseling program will meet a common set of minimal admissions standards. These standards include:
- GPA (last 60 credits) 3.0 - 4.0 - 40th Percentile in at least one area of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or 40th Percentile in the Millers Analogy Test (MAT).
- GPA (last 60 credits) 2.5 - 2.999 - Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 300 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT.
- GPA (last 60 credits) below 2.499 - No admission
NOTE: The method of calculating an Admission GPA is based on the last 60± semester graduate credits (90±-quarter credits), using complete semesters (quarters). In the case of those students who have not completed the master’s degree, the grade point average will be calculated on the last 60 credits at the time of application. If the applicant does not meet both GPA and percentile requirements but meets one of the parameters, they can be admitted with performance requirements.
Department of Counseling Selection Criteria for Doctoral Study
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, persons applying for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Counselor Education and Counseling must meet the following criteria for selection. Applicants must have:
- A master’s degree from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program and be licensed as a counselor in Idaho or a state with comparable requirements.
A master’s degree in counseling and be a Nationally Certified Counselor and apply for an Idaho Counseling License upon admission to the doctoral program
A master’s degree in counseling, one year of full-time post-master’s degree counseling experience, graduate course work curriculum requirements in all of the CACREP common core areas, and be a Nationally Certified Counselor or Idaho Licensed Counselor.
2. Doctoral students who have earned their master’s degree from a CACREP accredited program will be assumed to have entry level knowledge in core and major course areas. Those not graduating from a CACREP accredited program will have their transcripts evaluated by the Department Chair to determine knowledge base deficiencies.
- Complete the ISU Graduate School online application.
- Attach Professional resumeʹ.
- Attach a one-page statement of post-doctoral career objectives.
- Have three (3) letters of recommendation submitted.
- Taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Preference will be given to scale scores of 40th percentile or more.
- Complete an on-campus interview with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee.
3. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee as part of the admissions procedure. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision regarding admission. This decision will be based on grade point and test score rankings as well as the Committee’s impression of the applicant’s interpersonal style and compatibility of personality with the program’s training philosophy.
4. Only applicants who have submitted all materials on or before the application deadline will have their material reviewed by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee to determine status as a competitive, qualified applicant.
(Subject to Change without Notice)
ISU Graduate School $60
ISU Department of Counseling $30
Liability Insurance $15/year
Program/Professional Fee $495/semester
This money is used to fund materials and supplies, equipment associated with classrooms, lab, and clinic rooms, departmental equipment such as computers and software, and support for faculty and student research including the dissemination of research findings.
Additional costs include, but are not necessarily limited to, books/learning materials, graduation fees, and registration fees to attend professional conferences.
Is your program available online?
No. All classes are on campus.
Is an official transcript required if I graduated from ISU?
Yes. The Graduate School will contact Registration for this transcript.
The doctoral program offers a Graduate Teaching Assistantship with a waiver of tuition.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Counselor Education and Counseling applications will be accepted through December 15. A secondary admissions process may be conducted if the program has not filled all seats with high quality applicants. Please contact the Department of Counseling for more information.
Apply to Graduate School and Department of Counseling.
Applications reviewed by Department of Counseling Admission Committee.
Approximately January 1:
Candidates selected for on-campus interview notified.
Second or Third week of January
On campus interview day for all prospective doctoral students.
Approximately February 1
Applicants informed of admission decisions
Approximately March 15
Secondary admissions group if needed.
Approximately May 1
Notify alternates of admission (if applicable)
New Graduate Student Surveys Sent/Returned.
Advisory Assignment Letter Sent
Registration for Fall Semester Classes
Department of Counseling faculty are confident that each student admitted has the potential to be successful in graduate study. Success in course work, clinical practice, case presentations, comprehensive exams, oral exam, and enactment of the core dispositions are examples of continuation standards within the Department. Such successes facilitate student’s progress toward completing a degree in the Department of Counseling. However, admission into the counseling program does not guarantee success. Faculty expect students to fully engage in all aspects of the learning environment, showing openness to new experiences and risk taking necessary to develop as a person and professional counselor educator and supervisor. The student’s committee chair plays an integral role in giving feedback to a student thus providing opportunities for continued growth and development. Engagement in all aspects of the academic experiences developed by faculty in the Department exemplify professional competence and will increase the probability of successful completion of the program.
The Department of Counseling faculty members have a professional responsibility to serve as gatekeepers for the counseling profession. Counseling is a discipline that requires active and complex gatekeeping to protect the public welfare of our communities. In particular, gatekeeping refers to the responsibility of all counselors, counselor educators, and student counselors, to intervene with counselor trainees, supervisees, professional colleagues, and supervisors who engage in behavior that could threaten the welfare of those receiving counseling services. This responsibility is mandated in the ethical standards of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) by specifying that counselors must act to rectify the problematic condition through appropriate organizational and professional channels (ACA, 2014, Section F.5.; NBCC, 2005, Section A; McAdams & Foster, 2009).
When impediments are identified the student will be informed verbally and in writing. Impediments may include, but are not limited to, those offered by Frame and Stevens-Smith (1995):
- inability to be open, flexible, positive, and cooperative
- unwilling to accept and use feedback
- unaware of impact on others
- inability to deal with conflict and accept personal responsibility
- inability to express feelings effectively and appropriately
The above examples are also found in the description of the Core Dispositions. If others (i.e., faculty, doctoral level supervisors) have made similar observations, the Department Chairperson, committee chair, or other faculty will initiate a meeting with the student to discuss the apparent impediment to progress toward professional competence. Remedies and expected behavior changes will be discussed and outlined in written and verbal form.
Students will be given specific feedback on the nature of their impediment(s) as well as steps to remove this barrier(s) to progress toward professional competence when appropriate. In many instances a Professional Progression Plan (PPP) will be crafted to provide clear and specific ways the student can improve and continue to progress in the program. However, in more extreme cases (e.g., student poses a potential harm to self or others), faculty may choose to remove the student from the program without a PPP. In such cases, faculty will meet to discuss the student’s failure to meet continuation standards (i.e., retention requirements) and a vote for dismissal will be entertained, guided by Graduate School policy.
Professional Progression Plan
The PPP represents a formal agreement between the Department and student who has been identified as having impediments to their progress as a counselor educator and supervisor in training. Upon receipt of the PPP the student will review the plan and provide their signature indicating an understanding of the requirements expected and as agreement to meet the requirements described within. A student who chooses not to sign the PPP should understand this will initiate a faculty meeting to discuss the student's failure to meet continuation standards, and a vote for dismissal will be entertained, guided by Graduate School policy.
Dismissal of a doctoral student can be initiated in a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:
- Dismissal will occur when students violate the criteria established by the Graduate School (See Withdraw or Dismissal in the Graduate Catalog) http://coursecat.isu.edu/graduate/.
- Dismissal for academic deficiency will occur when students earn the following in didactic coursework:
- Three final course grades at or lower than 2.7 (B-, or below).
- OR six credits at or below 2.7 (B- or below),
- OR below a 3.0 GPA (B),
- Or when students earn less than 3.0 (B) in any didactic coursework.
Due to the nature of the program, students can be dismissed for professional competence concerns (i.e., unrelated to success with course assignments and grades). The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014) requires counselor educators provide remediation and/or dismissal from counseling programs when “they become aware of limitations that might impede performance” or when students are unable to demonstrate “they can provide competent counseling services to a range of diverse clients (6.f.b.).” As stated above, gatekeeping is an ethical mandate for counselor educators and designed to protect counselors in training and their current and future clients. Professional competence concerns that could lead to dismissal include, but are not limited to, impairment as described by Frame and Stevens-Smith (1995), academic dishonesty, ethical violations, lack of professional comportment, personal attitudes or value systems that conflict with effective counseling relationships, and personal concerns or psychopathology.
In all cases of dismissal, the student will be notified in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, that he/she is dismissed and must be told in the document that he/she has the right to appeal according to the Idaho State University Graduate policy.
Dismissal for Academic Dishonesty
Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. For the complete statement on academic dishonesty, please refer to the current ISU Graduate Catalog. Examples of ethical violations include, but are not limited to, the improper use of technology, failure to secure informed consent, and breach of confidentiality. Lack of professional comportment, includes but is not limited to, a lack of engagement in course requirements, issues within interpersonal relationships with peers and faculty, and inappropriate use of power with clients and other students. The faculty believe the enactment of the core dispositions embodies the values of the counseling profession and deficiencies in these areas could lead to dismissal. All students are encouraged to seek counseling and attend to their mental health. A student’s unwillingness to attend to intra- or inter-personal impediments contributing to impairment may lead to dismissal.
Process is continuous from the start to graduation.
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120
921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8120
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120
Mailing and Physical Address:
Meridian Health Science Center
1311 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
Dr. Judith Crews