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PhD in Counselor Education

The PhD in Counselor Education program prepares counselors and scholars for leadership positions in the counseling profession. Ranked as a top program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, students are taught the leadership and research roles of counselor education, supervision and advanced counseling practices.


The CACREP accredited doctoral program in Counselor Education prepares students who already have a master's degree in couseling to become professors on counselor education and leaders in the counseling field. The emphasis of the program is on leadership, advocacy, research, student learning and social justice. Our graduates make contributions to the education of future counselors and provide leadership within the human service professions.

Students apply a scientist-practitioner model of study with an emphasis on theory, practice, leadership, supervision and research. These elements are inseparable from the core skills of professional counseling. Together, they form a common branch of knowledge and skills essential to PhD students.

Throughout the program, students will explore a number of research opportunities and are able to collaborate with and work alongside Ohio State counselor educators and other counseling leaders in the profession.

Our goal is to develop well-trained counselor educators and professional counselors who critically evaluate and contribute to the knowledge which their interventions are derived. They also have deep critical analysis skills especially important in the rapidly expanding field of counselor education. These skills help counselors keep pace with new knowledge and how to apply it in effective ways.

Graduates of the counselor education program are committed to human welfare and socially responsible action. They assume leadership roles and model these behaviors for other helping professionals.

Learn more about the PhD program from the program chair

Career Paths

Our graduates go on to serve in the professoriate in prestigious very high research activity universities as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, or teaching universities of their choice. Some also choose careers as counselor educators, professional counselors, supervisors and directors of counseling in public schools, universities and agencies.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree in Counselor Education; minimum 3.3 GPA
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Social and behavioral sciences and educational foundations, research and evaluation, leadership, pedagogy, and research in counselor education and supervision as well as supervised internships in supervision, teaching, and research.
Program requirements: 2 department core courses (6 hours), 10 specialization courses (31 hours), 3 research methods (9 hours), dissertation (10 hours), cognate (10 hours)
Other requirements: Field experience, candidacy exam, dissertation
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, university fellowships

View the Curriculum Sheet


Colette Dollarhide, EdD, NCC, ASC, LPC-S, Professor and Program Chair
Darcy Haag Granello, PhD, LPCC, Professor
Paul Granello, PhD, LPCC, Associate Professor
Tanya Middleton, PhD, Assistant Professor
Brett Zyromski, PhD, Assistant Professor 

Affiliated Faculty

Ana Berrios, PhD, LPC, Adjunct Instructor
Felice Kassoy, PhD, Adjunct Instructor
Julie Nelson Slagle, PhD, Adjunct Instructor


Dr. Colette T. Dollarhide
Program Chair/Professor