College of Education2016-2017
Department of Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy
Note: The doctoral programs in Educational Psychology – Counseling Psychology and Educational Psychology – School Psychology are being phased out and are not accepting new students. Please visit PhD Combined Counseling/School Psychology to apply for doctoral programs in psychology.
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.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Licensed Psychologist
- College or university professor in Educational Psychology
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
- The completion of a one-year internship
|Minimum Units for Completion||123|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Dissertation||Dissertation is required.
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense is required.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- GRE® revised General Test
- 3 letters of recommendation with at least two from faculty
- Responses to specific essay questions
- Note: Students admitted with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who do not have the prerequisites below will be expected to make up these deficiencies early in their programs of study by taking classes in one of the counseling or school psychology master-level programs:
- Group Counseling/Group Dynamics
- Applied Behavior Management
- Psychological or Educational Statistics
- Human or Lifespan development
- Research Methods
- Special Education
Take the following 109 units:
- EPS 590, EPS 601, EPS 605, EPS 620, EPS 621, EPS 625, EPS 640, EPS 650, EPS 664, EPS 671, EPS 673, EPS 660, EPS 669, EPS 670, EPS 680, EPS 681, EPS 690, EPS 692, EPS 700, EPS 706, EPS 708, EPS 710, EPS 712, EPS 722, EPS 724, EPS 725, EPS 737, EPS 740, EPS 767, EPS 798 (88 units)
- Select from: EPS 610, EPS 611, EPS 612, EPS 702 (3 units)
- EPS 796, for the post-practicum internship (9 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 time while you are working on your dissertation. (9 units)
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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