College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2017

This plan provides substantive training utilizing a scientist-professional model integrating psychological theory, research, and practice. The concentration reflects a generalist philosophy which 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.

Our doctoral curriculum follows American Psychological Association guidelines and includes coursework in psychological foundations, educational foundations, specialization in counseling psychology practice, and research and statistics. Our low doctoral student-advisor ratio affords you the opportunity to receive significant individual supervision in assessment, interventions, and research training. This doctoral psychology program meets the criteria of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.


What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology?

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 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.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • College or university professor in Educational Psychology

University Requirements

  • To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study.

    The full policy can be viewed here.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least two years of full-time equivalent coursework beyond the master's degree
  • Two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) of full-time residency
  • A preliminary exam
  • A comprehensive exam
  • The completion of a one-year internship
  • The preparation of a dissertation

Minimum Units for Completion 109
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Dissertation Dissertation is required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research is required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Doctoral Requirements
    • EPS 767 (3 units)
    • EPS 625, EPS 724, EPS 725 (9 units)
    • EPS 798 (3 units)
    • EPS 799, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation. Please note that you may end up taking more than the 9 units of dissertation credit you can count toward your degree because you must enroll for it each term while you are working on your dissertation. (9 units)
    Please be aware that the necessary coursework for this plan is only available at Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff.

    For more information about residency and other requirements that pertain to this degree, see Doctoral Requirements Policy.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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