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New Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision

Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Marymount University has launched its third doctoral program, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision. This full-time day program will admit its first cohort for fall 2012. In the cohort model, students progress through the program together, so that they have continual opportunities for collaboration with faculty and fellow students.

The Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares individuals holding a master’s degree in Counseling for leadership positions in universities, mental health agencies, and schools. It also provides the advanced clinical and supervisory skills needed to serve diverse populations. Marymount is committed to the education of counseling professionals who uphold the highest ethical standards and are proficient in, and sensitive to, the needs of multicultural populations.

The program requires a minimum of 60 credits (in addition to a minimum of 48 semester hours from a previously earned master’s degree in counseling). Required courses cover topics from advanced diagnostic classification of mental disorders to assessment of social and personality functioning, research design, theories and models in counseling supervision, and advanced clinical skills assessment. A practicum in counselor supervision, a dissertation, and an internship in counselor education are also required. Through the internship, doctoral students will gain valuable teaching experiences at the university level.

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, chair of Marymount’s Department of Counseling, explains, “The number of people dealing with mental health issues continues to increase nationally, making qualified doctoral-level counselor educators essential to prepare master’s-level clinicians to meet this growing need.” She adds, “Marymount's Ed.D. program will prepare individuals to serve as the next generation of leaders in the profession and as counselor educators who will train clinicians to work with diverse populations.”
Learn more about the new doctorate at one of two January events. Attend a Counseling Information Session on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Marymount's Ballston Center, located at 1000 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA. Or join Marymount faculty and Admissions staff for an online chat on January 25,from 7 to 8 p.m. (EST). To register for either of these events, e-mail jacqueline.bibler@marymount.edu or sign up online at www.MarymountHumanServices.com.
Applications are now being accepted for the cohort that begins in fall 2012. The deadline is March 1, 2012. Graduate and teaching assistantships will be available on a competitive basis. For more details, contact Marymount’s Graduate Admissions office at (703) 284-5901 or grad.admissions@marymount.edu.