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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology Degree Program (Non-Licensure)


Offering Campuses


Argosy University, Hawai’i; Argosy University, Northern Virginia; Argosy University, Phoenix*; Argosy University, Sarasota

Note

*Offered only in the 80 percent online format through Argosy University Online Programs.

Program Overview


The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology degree program (non-licensure) is designed to meet the special requirements of working mental health professionals who wish to enhance their skills as practitioners and leaders in mental health settings. The EdD in Counseling Psychology (non-licensure) degree program does not lead to licensure/credential as a provider of counseling services and should not be viewed as preparation for entry-level practice.

Program Learning Outcomes


 

Program Learning Outcome One: Advanced Practice (includes theory, assessment, intervention)

Formulate accurate assessment of the psychological functioning of individuals, couples, families, and groups and apply appropriate therapeutic intervention strategies based on appropriate theoretical orientations, sound scientific theory, and evidence-based practice.

Program Learning Outcome Two: Leadership and Supervision

Apply best practices, using standards and competencies in the field, to prepare leaders for supervision, administration, or teaching.

Program Learning Outcome Three: Research

Analyze, design, conduct, and defend research in their disciplinary context using appropriate research designs.
Analyze and evaluate professional literature to make evidence-based decisions related to current practices in the field.

Program Learning Outcome Four: Ethics

Engage in ethical and socially responsible practice and apply ethical decision-making strategies grounded in established ethical standards of practice.

Program Learning Outcome Five: Interpersonal Effectiveness (Includes multicultural competence and communication)

Develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others.

Admission Requirements


  • A master’s degree in a mental health field with a counseling practicum from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to a master’s degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master’s degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor’s level transcripts are not required.

Admission Notification


Students are notified in writing of the decision made by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Applicants who have been denied admission may reapply after the passage of one year from the date of denial by submitting all documents required of a new applicant. Individuals who intend to reapply for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the Admissions Department prior to reapplying.

Application Requirements


Applicants are expected to provide all required materials to the Admissions Department by the application deadline. All applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with applicants who meet the requirements to determine the level of fit between a prospective student and the Argosy University. The Director of Admissions will notify all applicants of admission decisions.

Applications to Multiple Campuses


Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credit hours accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program. 

Application Deadlines


Application deadlines vary by campus. Applicants should consult with the campus Director of Admissions to confirm the deadline to submit application materials.

Graduation Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are eligible for graduation when the following conditions are met:

  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study developed in consultation with the faculty members. Any course in which the student earns less than a “B-” must be retaken.
  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree that includes:
    • 27 credit hours of core course requirements
    • 9 credit hours of elective course or Counselor Education & Supervision concentration requirements
    • 12 credit hours of research course requirements
    • 12 credit hours of dissertation requirements
  • Successful completion of the Doctoral Qualifying Examination.
  • Successful completion and defense of the dissertation.
  • Completion of these requirements within seven years.
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration.

Academic Progress Requirements


 Students must make satisfactory progress towards a degree by maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Students must complete this program within seven years after matriculation. Students who have temporarily withdrawn from Argosy University will have seven years plus the length of time that they were not enrolled, not to exceed one year, to complete the program.

Students are required to complete 60 semester credit hours. The minimum amount of work that a student must complete each year following matriculation to successfully complete the program appears below:

Suggested Incremental Timeframe Completion Rates

End of Year One:  9 credit hours

End of Year Two:  18 credit hours

End of Year Three: 27 credit hours

End of Year Four: 36 credit hours

End of Year Five:  45 credit hours

End of Year Six:  54 credit hours

End of Year Seven: 60 credit hours

Program Foundation Requirements


In addition to the 60 credit hours program requirements, there are eight (8) foundation courses and a year-long practicum seminar requirement for the program. Students with equivalent master’s level coursework and clinical practicum experiences may waive the foundation courses requirement. Students must complete the foundation courses within the first year (except practicum) and the practicum series within the second year.

Foundation Courses
PC6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology  (3) -or- C6432 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology  (3)
PC6105 - Counseling Skills II  (3) -or- C6036 - Essentials of Interviewing  (3)
PC6230 - Theories in Counseling Families and Individuals  (3) -or- PC6022 - Family Therapy Counseling Skills  (3)
PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues  (3) -or- C6440 - Ethics in Counseling  (3)
PC6505 - Group Counseling  (3) -or- C6438 - Group Theories and Practice  (3)
PC6510 - Social and Cultural Foundations of Therapy  (3) -or- C6445 - Social and Cultural Competencies for Counselors  (3)
PC6521 - Research and Program Evaluation  (3) -or- R6032 - Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling  (3)
PC6700 - Couples and Family Counseling  (3) -or- PC6021 - Schools of Family Therapy  (3)
PC6400 - Practicum I  (3) -or- C6601 - Practicum — Counseling  (3)
PC6401 - Practicum II  (3) -or- C6602 - Internship I — Counseling  (3)
PC6402 - Practicum III  (3) -or- C6603 - Internship II - Counseling  (3)

Program Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to successfully complete 60 credit hours distributed as follows: core course requirements, 27 credit hours; elective or Counselor Education & Supervision concentration requirements, 9 credit hours, research requirements, 12 credit hours; and dissertation requirements, 12 credit hours. In addition to completing the course requirements listed above, students are required to successfully complete the comprehensive exam and defend their dissertation.

Core Course Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete nine core courses (27 credit hours)

Elective Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete three elective courses (9 credit hours). This requirement may be fulfilled from selecting from the list below or by completing an optional concentration in Counselor Education & Supervision.  

Elective Requirements—9 Credit Hours


 —OR—

 

Counselor Education & Supervision Concentration Requirements—9 Credit Hours


Research Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete a four course research sequence (12 credit hours).

Dissertation Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete a 12-credit hour dissertation course sequence as outlined below.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination


Students are required to successfully complete a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) that focuses on the learner outcomes that are associated with the required core courses of their programs. Students must take the DQE the session after successfully completing all required core courses and must pass it within three sessions of successfully completing all required core courses.

Doctoral Research Requirements (12 Credit Hours)


Upon successful completion of the prerequisite coursework and the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE), students enroll in doctoral research courses. To progress through each doctoral research course, students must successfully complete specified course objectives. If all objectives of the course are successfully met, students will earn a PR grade, permitting them to enroll in the next doctoral research course as outlined in the course sequence of their program of study. If objectives of a doctoral research course are substantively but not fully met (67% completed) by the end of the course (as determined by the research mentors) students will earn a grade of Incomplete Progressing (IP) for the course and must complete an IP contract outlining a plan for completion of the remaining course objectives. Students must successfully complete all remaining course objectives by the due date specified in the IP contract before enrollment is permitted in the next doctoral research course. If little to no progress has been made in a doctoral research course (less than 67% of the course objectives were successfully completed) or the IP contract is not successfully fulfilled within the specified timeframe, students will earn a grade of No Credit (NC). Students who earn a grade of NC in a doctoral research course are required to retake the course. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades in doctoral research courses. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF grade in a doctoral research course, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each doctoral research course apply unless the student and research mentors agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular doctoral research topic. Students must fulfill the prerequisites of each doctoral research course before enrollment is permitted.

Comprehensive Examination Requirements


The comprehensive examination is a graduation requirement to be taken after all coursework is successfully completed. Students should consult with the department chair or designee for specific guidance with respect to Comprehensive Examination procedures.

Dissertation Requirements


Upon successful completion of required coursework and comprehensive examinations, students enroll in dissertation courses. To progress through each dissertation course, students must complete specified course objectives. If progress is made and all objectives met, students enroll in the next dissertation block. If progress is made and objectives are substantively but not fully met by the end of each course (as determined by the dissertation chair in discussion with the dissertation committee) students must enroll in a zero credit hour extension course (tuition based on a credit hour equivalent as defined in the Tuition and Fees Schedule in Appendix III ). If it is determined that no progress has been made, students will be required to retake the block in which no progress was made. If the student is required to retake a block due to no progress, the dissertation chair will assign a grade of No Credit (NC). A student may only receive two NC grades during the dissertation sequence. Upon receiving the third NC within the dissertation sequence, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students are required to enroll in a Dissertation course or Dissertation Extension course every session from the beginning of the dissertation until passing the final defense earning 12 semester credit hours for dissertation. Published course objectives for each dissertation course apply unless the student and dissertation committee/chair agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular dissertation topic.

Recommended Course Sequence


Student progress through the program is intended to be sequential. Certain courses are offered to first-year students that are designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for courses that will follow in subsequent years. Students must satisfy all stated prerequisites for a course before registration for that course can be considered official. The EdD in Counseling Psychology degree program recommended course sequence can be obtained from the department chair.

Gainful Employment Information


The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology degree program (non-licensure) offered at Argosy University:

Campus Gainful Employment Information
Argosy University, Hawai’i ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/1549
Argosy University, Northern Virginia ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/889
Argosy University, Phoenix ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2255
Argosy University, Sarasota ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/762
Argosy University Online Programs ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/1568