Curriculum: Research, Field Experience, and Dissertation
Through the core, research, and fieldwork components of the curriculum, you will engage with scholarly research, integrated learning, ethical leadership, effective communication, reflective practice, and community engagement applicable to your clinical supervision and expertise. A total of 60 units are required for completion of the program.
The Core Courses consist of 30.5 units of courses. Students complete 15 units of Research Courses and 2.5 units of Research Seminars that take place concurrently with the coursework, and allow you to meet with your dissertation chair to begin developing your dissertation.
The practicum and internship experiences (Field Experience) are an integral part of your Ph.D. program. Following CACREP standards, a total of 700 hours must be fulfilled.
Finally, the Dissertation (12 units) is the culminating project of the doctoral program. Under the guidance of a dissertation chair and committee members, you will prepare original research in the field of counseling with a primary emphasis in at least one of the five core content areas of Counselor Education & Supervision. Dissertation research involves implementation of the dissertation research design, collection and analysis of data, and reporting and discussion of research findings. Dissertation research culminates in the successful completion of the dissertation and dissertation oral defense.
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