PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology
This 109-hour program prepares you to function as an applied counseling psychologist, a trainer of other counselors or psychologists and/or as a researcher. This program meets the criteria of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.
Application Due Date
This Ph.D. Counseling program is only offered at our Flagstaff campus.
- Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made once each year.
- All application materials must be received in the Educational Psychology Department by January 15 to be reviewed.
- Admission decisions are made by the first week of March; you will receive notification of this decision electronically and by mail.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.
Program PhilosophyRead more
There is a growing need in our society to train counseling psychologists to facilitate effective personal and interpersonal functioning in a variety of settings with diverse persons having varied problems and needs. Our doctoral program reflects a training curriculum that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.
At the core of the counseling psychology training program at
Northern Arizona University is the integration of theory, research, and
practice. We believe that this core is best realized using a
scientist-professional training model that includes a systematic analysis of
human behavior, careful applications of best practice, and a methodical
evaluation of the effectiveness of these applications.
We emphasize assessment and intervention strategies that
focus on assets and strengths as an individual experiences adjustment and
remedial problems in life regardless of the person’s level of cognitive,
emotional, or behavioral functioning.
An individual’s adjustment and remedial problems
are more fully understood using comprehensive measures incorporating
perspectives of: (a) life-span development and transitions, (b)
person-environment interactions, (c) individual and cultural diversity, and (d)
client empowered decision-making. Our faculty promotes the optimal development
of individuals, families, groups, and environmental systems using empirically
supported interventions that include relatively brief counseling approaches,
prevention, consultation, psycho-education, and career-development.
Gelso, C. J., & Fretz, B. R. (1992). Counseling psychology. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Brace, & Javanovich, Inc.
Epperson, Fouad, Stoltenberg, & Murdock (2005). Model training program in counseling psychology. Retrieved July 14, 2009, from the Council of Counseling Psychology Training. Programs Web site: http://www.ccptp.org/trainingdirectorpage5.html
American Psychological Association (APA)
Our program philosophy is consistent with the unifying themes of counseling psychology articulated by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (Epperson, Fouad, Stoltenberg, & Murdock, 2005) and Gelso and Fretz (1992).
Goals and ObjectivesRead more
- To prepare psychologists who have
a comprehensive foundation in the core and foundational areas of psychology.
Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge competencies in:
- biological bases of behavior
- cognitive and affective bases of
- social aspects of behavior
- history and systems of psychology
- human development
- To prepare psychologists who use ethical
decision-making and responsible professional behavior and apply best practices
in counseling psychology assessment, intervention, follow-up, and evaluation
when working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations, while demonstrating
interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity. Students will acquire and
demonstrate knowledge and skill competencies in:
- professional standards and ethics
- theories and methods of
- assessment and interventions
related to a person’s assets and strengths
- effective interventions including
evaluating their efficacy
- individual and cultural diversity
- dysfunctional behavior or
- time-limited interventions
- person-environmental interactions
- educational and career development theory and practice
- To prepare psychologists who have thorough
knowledge and skills in analytical and quantitative methods to effectively
consume and generate empirical evidence associated with counseling psychology
theory and practices. Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge and skill
- research methodology
- techniques of data analysis
- understanding the influence of
professional practice on the science of psychology
- the application of research methodology and techniques of data analysis
during each year of training
- To prepare psychologists who
demonstrate the ability to train others in the content and skill areas of
counseling psychology and provide effective prevention, psycho-education, and
consultation methods with individuals, families, groups, members of
environmental systems, and other professionals. Students will acquire and
demonstrate knowledge and skill competencies in:
- pedagogical theory and methods
- theories and techniques in
prevention and psycho-education
- theories and practice of consultation and supervision
- To prepare psychologists who integrate theory,
research, and practice and apply their expertise in a variety of settings with
diverse persons having varied problems and needs. Students will acquire and demonstrate
the knowledge and skill competencies in:
- applying scientific theory and
methods to assessment, intervention, training, prevention, psycho-education,
- integrating psychological theory, research, and
practice in applied settings during each year of training
Requirements Read more
- For this degree, you must complete 109 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and have a master’s degree.
- The degree minimally requires two years of full-time equivalent coursework post-master’s, a preliminary examination, comprehensive examination, a one-year internship (2,000 hours), and completion of a dissertation.
- This is a Flagstaff-based program and most of the necessary coursework is available only in Flagstaff during fall and spring semesters.
- You must complete at least two consecutive semesters of full-time residency during fall and spring semesters
Please review the online catalog for selected courses where prerequisites are required. Please check
with the department or a faculty adviser if you have questions regarding
Please review the clinical hours table for the number of practicum hours and internship hours required in
clinical, testing, and intervention Educational Psychology classes.
Program of StudiesRead more
The program of studies is the agreed-upon plan between you and
your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.
It is used as a verification document when you apply for
graduation. You should complete the program of studies with your adviser during
the first semester of graduate work.
The original, signed program of studies should be given to the
Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology
Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.
Amendments to your program of studies can be made with your
The timeline policy and residency policies for Doctoral
degree can be viewed through the Graduate
EPS Course Offerings by Semester
Program of Studies (valid through Fall 2012 admissions)
Program of Studies (effective beginning with Fall 2013 admissions)
Program of Studies Work Sheet
Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure GuidelinesRead more
Counseling Program FacultyRead more
Academic Catalog Listing
See the academic catalog for full details on this degree, including a course listing.
Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy