Counseling (Ph.D.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

Program Description

The PhD in Counseling prepares individuals to work as faculty and administrators in colleges and universities; advanced clinicians and supervisors in mental health agencies and private practice; consultants; and school and agency leaders. Our program affords students a unique, student-centered doctoral program experience:

  • Students have the opportunity to develop scholarly expertise, tailored to the student’s specific interest, while also learning and engaging in faculty research.
  • Intentional diversity is the signature of our program and is reflected in our faculty and students, research areas, and commitment to advocacy and social justice, and community engagement within local, regional, national and international communities.
  • Our diverse renowned faculty of scholar-practitioners provide mentoring and advising in research, coursework, and the counseling profession.
  • Our community includes full-time and part-time students who pursue individualized study in areas such as college counseling, higher education, counselor supervision, marriage and family counseling, clinical mental health counseling, play therapy, school counseling, career counseling, and addictions counseling.

Our graduates have found successful positions as:

  • Faculty members in colleges and universities
  • Agency directors
  • College and university senior administrators
  • Directors of school counseling
  • Consultants, supervisors, and advanced clinicians

Admissions Requirements

We welcome applications from individuals who share our commitment to diversity and community engagement.

All prospective applicants must have completed a master’s degree in counseling or closely-related field. Applicants who did not take the following courses may be required to take prerequisites prior to enrollment in doctoral counseling core courses.

  • Career Counseling
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Counseling Theories
  • Group Counseling
  • Human Development
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Research Methods
  • Testing/Appraisal
  • Practicum and Internship

Application Requirements

  • Submission of GRE scores taken within the last 5 years
  • Official transcripts of previous earned degrees and coursework
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant’s clinical work and/or educational abilities. At least one letter from a faculty member and one from a supervisor must be included with the application.
  • Current resume
  • Responses to three (3) essays:

1. A personal statement in which you describe past accomplishments, educational, and work experience that serve as foundational activities to your development as a scholar-practitioner. Explain your rationale for selecting MSU’s Counseling PhD program.

2. Share your strengths and areas of growth in relation to being a culturally responsive counselor and social justice advocate.

3. Please discuss your current research interests and how you hope to incorporate them into doctoral study.

The online application may be found at The Graduate School.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted for Fall admission only. All application materials must be received by February 1st. Completed applications received by November 15th will receive priority and early review. Please visit the Graduate School site for a full list of required materials and submission instructions.

Applicants evaluated as potential students will be invited for a personal interview, held on campus (all day). The interview day includes a writing sample, interview by faculty, and time with current students.

Questions? Email phdcounsel@montclair.edu or call 973-655-3133.


COUNSELOR EDUCATION

Complete the following 7 requirements for a minimum of 66 semester hours.

  1. CORE COURSES

    Complete 18 semester hours:

    COUN 810 Advanced Counseling Theory and Methodology (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 812 Counselor Supervision (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab) 3
    COUN 814 Advanced Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 816 Clinical, Leadership and Organizational Assessment (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 818 Advanced Group Counseling (1.5 hours lecture and 1.5 hours lab) 3
    COUN 820 Advanced Career Counseling Techniques and Practice (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. CLINICAL EXP & COGNATE OR ELECTIVE STDS

    Complete the following 2 requirements for 18 semester hours

    1. CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

      Complete 6 semester hours-9 semester hours from the following as determined by department advisor:

      1. A minimum of 3 semester hours of must be taken.

        COUN 824 Professional Internship I: Instructorship (1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab) 3
      2. A minimum of 3 semester hours of must be taken.

        COUN 826 Professional Internship II: Fieldwork (2 hours seminar, 1.5 hours lab) 3
    2. COGNATE OR ELECTIVE STUDIES

      Complete 9 semester hours - 12 semester hours from counseling or another relevant discipline with approval from doctoral advisory committee.

  3. RESEARCH CORE

    Complete 15 semester hours, including the following 2 requirements:

    1. for 12 semester hours

      COUN 822 Research in Counseling Seminar (3 hours seminar) 3
      EDFD 820 Qualitative Methods for Educational Research (3 hours lecture) 3
      EDFD 822 Advanced Methods of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 hours lecture) 3
      EDFD 823 Advanced Qualitative Research in Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. for 3 semester hours

      EDFD 821 Quantitative Methods for Educational Research (3 hours lecture) 3
  4. REQUIRED DISSERTATION COURSES

    Complete 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete for a total of 15 semester hours.

      COUN 900 Dissertation Advisement 3-12
    2. After 15 hours of COUN 900, complete 1 hour from the following each semester, as required:

      COUN 901 Dissertation Extension 1
  5. QUALIFYING PORTFOLIO/EXAM/ASSESSMENT

    Successfully complete the qualifying portfolio, examination or assessment requirement.

  6. ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY

    Following completion of pre-dissertation research courses and qualifying exam, you may be admitted to candidacy.

  7. DISSERTATION REQUIREMENT

    Complete a dissertation in accordance with Graduate School and doctoral program requirements.


Course Descriptions:

COUN810: Advanced Counseling Theory and Methodology (3 hours lecture)

This course provides doctoral students with advanced theoretical and methodological information regarding counseling theory. Students engage in critical analysis of major theoretical perspectives in counseling, including strategies for dealing with affective, cognitive and behavioral dysfunction, and the requisite skills needed for teaching master's level Counseling Theories courses. The purpose of the course is to explore, in depth, the traditional major theories and theorists of counseling and psychology, and to examine the major Western and Eastern orientations of counseling and psychology, as well as state-of-the-art non-traditional models. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing in Counselor Education Program (CNED).

COUN812: Counselor Supervision (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab)

This course prepares counselors to become clinical supervisors. Theoretical concepts addressed include the context and models of supervision, ethical and legal considerations, organizing the supervision relationship, technology in supervision, the evaluation process, supervision interventions and techniques, and multicultural issues in supervision. Students develop a theoretical approach to supervision and demonstrate that approach by supervision master's level counseling students in either internship or practicum. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 810, Doctoral Standing in Counselor Education Program (CNED).

COUN814: Advanced Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course provides doctoral students with an in depth examination of human and cultural diversity. The course will address culturally competent counseling practice that is informed by the implications of racial, ethnic and cultural heritages, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical and mental status, and equity issues. Emphasis will be on race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, and age. These dimensions will be examined through research, theory, and practice and how they impact the counseling process, supervision, consultation, and mental health. This course will explore social justice issues, advocacy, and strategies for working with diverse populations in various settings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing in Counselor Education (CNED) Program.

COUN816: Clinical, Leadership and Organizational Assessment (3 hours lecture)

This course prepares students to use testing procedures in assessing three critical areas of the profession: psychopathology, leadership skills, and organizational development. Students conduct multiple assessments in the course; they administer the instruments, write assessment reports, and consult with clients to develop appropriate interventions. They learn procedures for constructing valid and reliable psychological inventories. State-of-the-art issues relating to testing, such as high-risk testing, test bias for immigrant workers, ethical issues in testing, and pros/cons of computer assessment, are addressed. The course includes a 20-hour experimential component in which students develop instructional skills by assisting in teaching a masters level individual appraisal course. (Testing Fee required) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing.

COUN818: Advanced Group Counseling (1.5 hours lecture and 1.5 hours lab)

This course provides doctoral students with advanced theoretical information and experiential practice regarding group counseling and process. Students examine a variety of theoretical approaches applied to group counseling. The experiential component gives students an opportunity to apply the process of advanced facilitation, the analysis of the dynamics of groups, the facilitator's role through participation and process illumination, and the requisite skills needed for teaching group process courses in master's programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 810 and Doctoral Standing in Counselor Education Program (CNED).

COUN820: Advanced Career Counseling Techniques and Practice (3 hours lecture)

A doctoral level course critically examining state-of-the-art research related to career development and the psychology of work. Particular emphasis will be placed on exploring the implications of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, social class, and immigrant status as it related to career development. Students will focus their own research on career counseling techniques, assessment, career resources, and career programs that address the needs identified for client characteristics listed above. Students examine different theoretical approaches to career counseling and develop an approach to working with career clients. Experiential learning involves providing individual career counseling and-or practical instructorship on a master's level career course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing in Counselor Education Program (CNED).

COUN822: Research in Counseling Seminar (3 hours seminar)

This course offers students advanced preparation for development of counseling research leading to the research proposal. Students will examine research methodologies, learn how to pose research questions, and review the counseling literature in content areas of interest. This course will prepare students for the dissertation proposal as well as broader preparation for determining appropriate research methodology and developing research questions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 810.

COUN824: Professional Internship I: Instructorship (1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab)

Instructorship, is a post-practicum, supervised experience in which the student refines and enhances counseling/teaching knowledge and skill through teaching (CACREP Glossary). Through individual and group supervision, doctoral co-instructors/interns will assist in design, analysis, teaching and evaluation of courses in the CACREP accredited Master's program, as well as gain knowledge of the academic world, mentoring constructs, and professional leadership avenues for their professional as Counselor Educators and Master's Clinicians. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing.

COUN826: Professional Internship II: Fieldwork (2 hours seminar, 1.5 hours lab)

This course is a post-master's practicum, supervised experience. Through individual and group supervision, doctoral interns refine and enhance counseling, teaching, supervision, and/or research skills. They participate in clinical, teaching (after completion of COUN 824), supervision (after completion of COUN 812), or research work (e.g., program evaluation) appropriate to their area(s) of specialization. Internship experiences must be approved by doctoral advisory committees. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing in Counselor Education Program (CNED) and program approval.

COUN900: Dissertation Advisement

This department requires 15 credits of COUN 900. While enrolled in COUN 900, students will work with their Dissertation Chair and their Dissertation Committee. Credits are reported as IP (In Progress) while the dissertation is being written. At the conclusion of the dissertation defense, a final grade of Pass or Fail will be recorded. 3 - 12 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in the Ph.D. Counselor Education (CNED) Program; Advancement to Candidacy.

COUN901: Dissertation Extension

Once students have acquired 15 credits of COUN 900 Dissertation Advisement, they must enroll in 1 credit of COUN 901 in every semester in which they intend to work on the dissertation, up to and including the semester of the defense. Credits are reported as IP (In Progress) while the dissertation is being written. At the conclusion of the dissertation defense, a final grade of Pass or Fail will be recorded. COUN 901 may be repeated until the time limitation for completion of the doctoral program as specified in the Doctoral Policy Manual has been reached. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: 15 credits of Dissertation Advisement.

EDFD820: Qualitative Methods for Educational Research (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the theories and practices of qualitative research. Students develop skills to critically analyze qualitative studies and the various components of research design. They are also introduced to a rich array of qualitative approaches and possibilities in educational research. They develop an understanding of what is involved in designing original research and have hands-on practice with qualitative data gathering. Previous course ELRS 820 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a doctoral program at MSU.

EDFD821: Quantitative Methods for Educational Research (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to major methodologies and fundamental skills of quantitative research. Students critically examine the features of common research methods, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs, as well as related sampling techniques. Students study the underlying principles of measurement, focusing on such concepts as validity, reliability, and bias. Students also acquire skills for interpreting basic statistical procedures. Topics include descriptive statistics, introduction to probability and statistical inference, and the presentation and interpretation of statistical data in empirical literature. The course provides students with an opportunity to use statistical computing packages, such as SPSS, to support data analysis and interpretation. Previous course ELRS 821 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a doctoral program at MSU.

EDFD822: Advanced Methods of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 hours lecture)

The second in a sequence of two doctoral courses in quantitative research methods, this course enables students to further examine and apply quantitative research methods and tools. Students learn widely-used statistical procedures that are fundamental for the further study of statistics. They study inferential statistical methods and their applications to research. Topics include simple and multiple regression, one-factor analysis of variance, factorial designs, analysis of covariance, and nonparametric methods. Students have multiple opportunities to use statistical computing packages, such as SPSS, to support data analysis. Students further develop the skills for understanding and evaluating the use of quantitative methods in the research literature. Previous course ELRS 822 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EDFD 821.

EDFD823: Advanced Qualitative Research in Education (3 hours lecture)

This is the second in a sequence of two doctoral courses in qualitative research methods, building on students' initial understanding of qualitative research from EDFD 820 Qualitative Methods of Research in Education. This course offers students the opportunity to develop a more in-depth understanding of qualitative research and its application to original research, including dissertations. Students explore the interconnections and congruence between theoretical and conceptual framing, research design, and data analysis and representation. Previous course ELRS 823 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EDFD 820.