Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision

Shippensburg University's Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is designed to develop expertise in advanced practice and clinical supervision.

This part-time 60-credit program will primarily serve license-eligible and licensed professional counselors who aspire to advance their professional knowledge and standing across advanced practitioner, clinical supervisory, counselor educator, and leadership positions in Pennsylvania and beyond.

The Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D. CES) builds upon a requisite 60-credit master’s degree.

Shippensburg’s Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel has delivered world-class master’s-level counseling programs for more than 50 years. This educational doctorate program aligns with the most contemporary vision of the counseling profession and continues Shippensburg University’s proud tradition of accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

Program Delivery

Courses will be offered both online and face-to-face on Saturdays at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, allowing students to continue full or part-time employment while earning the doctoral degree. This flexibility will allow students to continue serving their clients while gaining knowledge and supervised experience rather than suspending their careers in a more residency intense model of doctoral education.

This professional doctoral degree program is designed on a cohort model with members taking all core courses and practicum and internships together over a three-year period. An additional semester or year may be required to complete and defend dissertation research and complete the degree.

Doctoral Program Outcomes

An overarching goal is to directly aid and improve client welfare in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and throughout the nation by providing advanced scholars with a professional doctoral degree balanced across a rigorous core curriculum, advanced clinical practice under faculty supervision, and advanced development in clinical and administrative supervision, as well as through production of relevant research to advance the profession.

The first cohort has closed for Fall 2017.
SECOND COHORT FORMING NOW: Courses begin Fall 2020


Application Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admission encourages prospective students to start the application process as soon as possible for the first cohorts. The first cohort will begin August 2017 (Fall semester) and has a cap for admissions.  The second cohort will begin Fall 2020, please feel free to reach out for information, the application will open 2019.

    • Application and application fee
    • PA license eligible (PA Code 49.1-49.56; LPC, LMFT) – Licenses held in other states will be considered, please include documentation
    • Master’s degree in counseling or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution; CACREP-accredited preferred but not required.  Accredited Counseling and CSP degrees considered: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Addiction Counseling; Career Counseling; School Counseling; College Counseling; College Student Personnel; Marriage Couples and Family Counseling; and Rehabilitation Counseling are accepted for consideration.
    • Official transcripts from graduate degrees and credits. (Undergrad transcripts are not required)


      • Send transcripts to:
        Shippensburg University
        Office of Graduate Admissions
        1871 Old Main Drive
        Shippensburg, PA 17257


  • Professional experience required, include resume – Experience highlighted after Master’s degree and employment history should list responsibilities rather than only job titles. (Three Years of Post-Masters Employment)
  • Three recommendation letters – (1) Employer (1) Clinical Supervisor (1) Prior Graduate School Faculty Member (Must include telephone and email contacts from above stated individuals, employer must be within the last three years and the clinical supervisor should be non-faculty.  Letters must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office (Address above or email
  • Your written response to the following personal essay question:
    • Please share with the application committee why you are pursuing this degree, what skills you bring that will enhance the cohort, and by attaining this degree how it will allow you to contribute to the counseling profession.
    • Total 1250 words, Please utilize APA Publication Manual 5th Edition Standards
  • Interview with Department Chair will be requested, this is scheduled after all of the above documentation is submitted to Graduate Admissions

To learn more about the admissions process, contact the Graduate Admissions Office by calling (717) 477-1213 or emailing .

For specific program information, contact Professor Dr. Kurt Kraus at