Application for Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling Program

The Department of Counseling accepts application, interviews applicants, and admits students yearly during the spring semester for course work to begin the next fall semester.

To apply to Graduate School and Department of Counseling, go to http://www.isu.edu/apply/ Keep in mind that processing of your Graduate School application may take 2-3 weeks, depending on receipt of official transcripts and other materials required by the Graduate School. The address and phone number of the Graduate School is: Graduate School, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8075, Pocatello, ID 83209-8075, (208) 282-2150.

The application materials for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling program must be submitted by December 15, 2016 to be considered for admission for the following academic year.

Admission to the Department of Counseling doctoral program is competitive; satisfactory completion of the entry level Graduate School requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Financial Aid

When contacting the Financial Aid Office be sure to indicate that you are a prospective doctoral student and include specific information as to the semesters you will need financial aid. Please note that the processing of this application may take up to eight weeks or more. You can reach the Financial Aid Office at:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Idaho State University
    921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8077
    Pocatello, ID 83209-8077
    (208) 282-2756

GRE or MAT Exam

The GRE or MAT is required. December 1, 2016 is the latest advisable date to take either the GRE or MAT to ensure that official scores are received by the application deadline.

It is also advisable for you to apply to the Graduate School once you have made your decision to apply to the doctoral Program. Request official transcripts to be sent to the Graduate School. Your application could be delayed at the Graduate School pending receipt of GRE/MAT scores and/or official transcripts. If this occurs, it is possible that your application may not be reviewed by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee.

If you are interested in admission and the December 15, 2016 deadline has passed, contact the Department of Counseling. A secondary admission process may be conducted after April 1, 2017 if the program has not filled with quality applicants.

Program Objectives

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling is designed to prepare counselor educators for work in counselor education programs and doctoral level counselors for work in university counseling centers and other counseling sites. The major emphasis of this program is to prepare graduates for a career in university teaching, supervision, and research in counseling programs.

Counselor education and counseling students at Idaho State University will be:

  1. Prepared to teach courses in counseling skills and counseling theories.
  2. Prepared to supervise counselors and counseling students who are providing individual/triadic, group, and/or marital, couple and family counseling.
  3. Prepared to teach selected courses in one or more of the CACREP major areas.
  4. Prepared to teach selected courses in the general CACREP common core.
  5. Prepared to evaluate counselor education programs and counseling sites.
  6. Knowledgeable of professional issues in the counselor education and counseling fields.
  7. Knowledgeable of ethical issues and practices of counselor education and counseling.
  8. Experienced in developing and conducting research.
  9. Experienced in writing for professional publication.
  10. Experienced in the advisement and mentoring of Master of Counseling students.
  11. Knowledgeable and skilled in providing advanced clinical counseling skills.
  12. Knowledgeable of the sociological manifestations of cultural diversity.

Conditions for Admission/Retention/Dismissal

Selection Criteria for Doctoral Study

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, persons applying for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Counselor Education and Counseling must meet the following criteria for selection. Applicants must have:

  1. A masterís degree from a CACREP accredited program and be           licensed as a counselor in Idaho or a state with comparable               requirements.
        A masterís degree in counseling and be a Nationally Certified
                    Counselor and apply for an Idaho Counseling License upon admission         to the doctoral program


        A masterís degree in counseling, one year of full-time post-masterís             degree counseling experience, graduate course work curriculum                  requirements in all of the CACREP common core areas, and be a                 Nationally Certified Counselor or Idaho Licensed Counselor.

Doctoral students who have earned their masterís degree from a         CACREP accredited program will be assumed to have entry level         knowledge in core and major course areas. Those not graduating from a CACREP accredited program will have their transcripts evaluated by faculty to determine knowledge base deficiencies. A remediation plan of study will be developed and approved by the faculty as necessary.

  1. Complete the ISU Graduate School on-line application.
  2. Attach Professional resumeʹ.
  3. Attach One-page statement of post-doctoral career objectives.
  4. Attach Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  5. Taken the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test. Preference will be given to scale scores of 40 percentile or more.
  6. Complete an on-campus interview by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee.


The Admissions Committee will make the final decision regarding

admission. This decision will be based on grade point and test score

rankings as well as the committee's impression of the applicant's

interpersonal style and compatibility of personality with the program's

training philosophy and written statement.

Doctoral Degree Retention and Dismissal Policy

Retention Policy

Department of Counseling faculty are confident that each student

admitted has the potential to be successful in graduate study. Success

in course work, clinical practice, case presentations, comprehensive

exams, oral exam, and enactment of the core dispositions are

examples of continuation standards within the Department. Such

successes facilitate studentís progress toward completing a degree in

the Department of Counseling. However, admission into the

counseling program does not guarantee success. Faculty expect

students to fully engage in all aspects of the learning environment,

showing openness to new experiences and risk taking necessary to

develop as a person and professional counselor educator and

supervisor. The studentís major advisor plays an integral role in giving

feedback to a student thus providing opportunities for continued growth

and development. Engagement in all aspects of the academic

experiences developed by faculty in the Department exemplify

professional competence and will increase the probability of successful

completion of the program.

Dismissal Policy

The Department of Counseling faculty members have a professional

responsibility to serve as gatekeepers for the counseling profession.

Counseling is a discipline that requires active and complex gatekeeping

to protect the public welfare of our communities. In particular, 

gatekeeping refers to the responsibility of all counselors, counselor

educators, and student counselors, to intervene with counselor

trainees, supervisees, professional colleagues, and supervisors who

engage in behavior that could threaten the welfare of those receiving

counseling services. This responsibility is mandated in the ethical

standards of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) by specifying that

counselors must act to rectify the problematic condition through

appropriate organizational and professional channels (ACA, 2014,

Section F.5.; NBCC, 2005, Section A; McAdams & Foster, 2009).\

When impediments are identified the student will be informed verbally

and in writing. Impediments may include, but are not limited to, those

offered by Frame and Stevens-Smith (1995):

  1. inability to be open, flexible, positive, and cooperative
  2. unwilling to accept and use feedback
  3. unaware of impact on others
  4. inability to deal with conflict and accept personal responsibility
  5. inability to express feelings effectively and appropriately

The above examples are also found in the description of the Core

Dispositions. If others (i.e., faculty, doctoral level supervisors) have

made similar observations, the Department Chairperson, major advisor,

or other faculty will initiate a meeting with the student to discuss the

apparent impediment to progress toward professional competence.

Remedies and expected behavior changes will be discussed and

outlined in written and verbal form.

Students will be given specific feedback on the nature of their

impediment(s) as well as steps to remove this barrier(s) to progress

toward professional competence when appropriate. In many instances

a Professional Progression Plan (PPP) will be crafted to provide clear

and specific ways the student can improve and continue to progress in

the program. However, in more extreme cases (e.g., student poses a

potential harm to self or others), faculty may choose to remove the

student from the program without a PPP. In such cases, faculty will

meet to discuss the studentís failure to meet continuation standards

(i.e., retention requirements) and a vote for dismissal will be

entertained, guided by Graduate School policy.

Professional Progression Plan

The PPP represents a formal agreement between the Department and

student who has been identified as having impediments to their

progress as a counselor educator and supervisor in training. Upon

receipt of the PPP the student will review the plan and provide their

signature indicating an understanding of the requirements expected and

as agreement to meet the requirements described within. A student

who chooses not to sign the PPP should understand this will initiate a

faculty meeting to discuss the student's failure to meet continuation

standards, and a vote for dismissal will be entertained, guided by

Graduate School policy.

Dismissal of a doctoral student can be initiated in a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:

1.      Three final course grades at or lower than 2.7 (B-, or below).

2.      OR six credits at or below 2.7 (B- or below),

3.      OR below a 3.0 GPA (B),

4.      Or when students earn less than 3.0 (B) in any didactic


Due to the nature of the program, students can be dismissed for professional competence concerns (i.e., unrelated to success with course assignments and grades). The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014) requires counselor educators provide remediation and/or dismissal from counseling programs when ďthey become aware of limitations that might impede performanceĒ or when students are unable to demonstrate ďthey can provide competent counseling services to a range of diverse clients (6.f.b.).Ē As stated above, gatekeeping is an ethical mandate for counselor educators and designed to protect counselors in training and their current and future clients. Professional competence concerns that could lead to dismissal include, but are not limited to, impairment as described by Frame and Stevens-Smith (1995), academic dishonesty, ethical violations, lack of professional comportment, personal attitudes or value systems that conflict with effective counseling relationships, and personal concerns or psychopathology.

In all cases of dismissal, the student will be notified in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, that he/she is dismissed and must be toled in the document that he/she has the right to appeal according to the Idaho State University Graduate policy.

Dismissal for Academic Dishonesty
Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. For the complete statement on academic dishonesty, please refer to the current ISU Graduate Catalog at
http://coursecat.isu.edu/graduate/. Examples of ethical violations include, but are not limited to, the improper use of technology, failure to secure informed consent, and breach of confidentiality. Lack of professional comportment, includes but is not limited to, a lack of engagement in course requirements, issues within interpersonal relationships with peers and faculty, and inappropriate use of power with clients and other students. The faculty believe the enactment of the core dispositions embodies the values of the counseling profession and deficiencies in these areas could lead to dismissal. All students are encouraged to seek counseling and attend to their mental health. A studentís unwillingness to attend to intra- or inter-personal impediments contributing to impairment may lead to dismissal.

Process is continuous from the start to graduation.

Application Schedule


August 15-
December 15
Apply to Graduate School and Department of
Counseling, go to http://www.isu.edu/apply/
December 15- 22
Applications reviewed by Department of Counseling Admission Committee.
January 1:

Candidates selected for on-campus interviews
Second or Third week of January
On campus interview day for all prospective doctoral students.
February 1
Applicants informed of admission decisions.
March 15
Secondary admissions group if needed.
Approximately May 1
Notify alternates of admission (if applicable)
New Graduate Student Surveys Sent/Returned.
Advisor Assignment Letter Sent
Registration for Fall Semester Classes


Approximate Program Costs (Subject to Change Without Notice)

Application Fees:

ISU Graduate School                   $60.00

ISU Department of Counseling    $30.00


Course Fees:

Current course fee costs for resident, non-resident and summer sessions

are listed in both the ISU Graduate Catalog http://www.isu.edu/graduate

and the Class Schedule http://www.isu.edu/class_schedule.shtml

Program Fees:

Liability Insurance                          $15.00/year

Program Fee                                  $495.00/semester

Additional costs include, but are not necessarily limited to,

books/learning materials, graduation fees, and registration fees to

attend professional conferences.          



     Last Modified: 11/15/16