2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 21, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Education PhD, Counselor Education Track

College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: PhD
Department: Counselor Education and School Psychology Option: Dissertation
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/counselored/

Track Description

The CACREP accredited Counselor Education track in the Education PhD program is designed specifically for those who wish to pursue careers as counselor educators at the university level or as supervisors in schools or agencies.

The program is fully accredited with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In addition to advanced curricular experiences in counseling, courses are designed to examine the fundamental issues and theory of teaching adults in higher education, research, supervision, consultation and to provide supervised experiences in each area. The UCF Community Counseling and Research Center serves as a hub for teaching and research in the program, includes facilities for group counseling and play therapy, and provides annual services to over 1,400 individuals, couples, and families in the central Florida community. The clinic also provides opportunities for doctoral students to practice their supervision skills.


The Counselor Education track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 84 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 27 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization courses, 24 credit hours of dissertation, and 6 credit hours of internship. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.

Total Credit Hours Required: 84 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Required Courses—54 Credit Hours

Dissertation—24 Credit Hours

Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

Required Internship—6 Credit Hours


To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submission of an approved program of study.

Candidacy Examinations

All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.

Please note that there may be variations in length of exam time and content based on the respective requirements of each track.

  • Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
  • Specialization—3-hour oral examination.

Independent Learning

The dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master’s degree in a closely related field and master’s level competency in educational research and statistics.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement.
  • Resumé.
  • An interview is required. Please refer to the Counselor Education webpage to view the current scheduled interview date and times. Click admission > Dates and deadlines you will be able to view the updated interview date and location information.

Application Deadlines

Counselor Education *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Dec 1 Jan 1    
International Applicants Dec 1 Jan 15    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Margaret Ann Shillingford-Butler PhD
Associate Professor
EDC 322 Q

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241