EdD in Counseling Psychology

Students in our program receive training in four core areas of study: 1) psychological foundations of behavior, 2) counseling psychology foundations and practice, 3) research methods and data analysis, and 4) applied psychological practice. Further, students follow one of our two program concentrations (Child/Adolescent Mental Health or Sport/Performance Psychology) and receive additional training in the concentration area they choose. Graduates of our program use their specialized knowledge, research skills, and counseling competencies in a wide variety of postdoctoral career choices including the following: faculty positions in colleges and universities; clinical or consulting positions in K–12 schools, government, industry, or human service agencies; and work with individuals, teams, or organizations dedicated to superior performance in sport and other performance realms.

Based in the School of Education, the Counseling Psychology program is particularly focused on children and youth, and on educational and sport/performance settings, including elementary, middle, and high schools, college counseling centers, college athletic teams, and residence halls. As an integral part of “Boston’s University,” the program has a longstanding tradition of providing service to some of the poorest schools and most disenfranchised students in the city. The Counseling Psychology program is also dedicated to working in school settings because education provides a crucial contribution to the formation and maintenance of free and just societies by helping students become responsible adults and by instilling democratic values. The EdD in Counseling Psychology program received designation status by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Registrar Joint Designation Project in May 2008.

Courses

The courses listed below are required of all Counseling Psychology doctoral students. Note that the Training Committee must approve other courses as substitutes for the courses listed below.

Research Methods (26 cr)

• SED RS 653 Quantitative Research Methods (4 cr)

• CAS MA 684 Applied Multiple Regression (4 cr)

• SED RS 654 Ed Inquiry & Proposal Writing (4 cr)

• SED RS 652 Qualitative Research Methods (4 cr)

• SED RS 750 Advanced Research Seminar (4 cr)

• SED LC 999 Dissertation Advisement (6 cr)

Psychological Foundations (22 cr)

• GMS BN 776 Human Neuropsychology or GMS BN 777 Basic Neurosciences or SSW HB 751 Human Neuropsychology (4 cr)

• SED CE 801 Cognitive Affective Bases of Behavior or GRS PS 824 Cognitive Psychology (4 cr)

• SED CE 802 Social Bases of Behavior or GRS PS 761 Major Issues in Social Psychology (4 cr)

• GRS PS 704 History & Systems of Psychology (4 cr)

• SED DS 600 Culture, Ethnicity & Race: A Developmental Perspective (4 cr)

Counseling Psychology Core (16–18 cr)

• Series of brown-bag discussions infused across a range of courses with competencies students will meet (0 cr)

• SED CE 848 Effective Interventions—Child (2 cr)

• SED CE 849 Effective Interventions—Adult (2 cr)

• SED CE 850 Theories & Models of Consultation & Supervision (2 cr)

• SED CE 851 Vocational Psychology (2 cr)

• SED CE 852 Prevention in Counseling Psychology (2 cr)

• SED CE 853 Counseling Health Psychology (2 cr)

• SED CE 854 Adv Research in Counseling Psychology (2 cr)

• SED CE 826 Intellectual & Behavioral Assessment (Child—2 cr) or GRS PS 772 Clinical Psychological Assessment (Adult—4 cr)

Clinical Core (20–22 cr)

• SED CE 846 Clinical Practicum—2 semesters (8 cr)

• SED CE 946 Advanced Clinical Practicum—2 semesters (8 cr)

• SED CE 948 Supervision and Consultation Practicum—1 semester (2 cr)

• SED CE 926 Assessment Practicum (Child—2 cr) or GRS PS 774 Clinical Psychological Assessment (Adult—4 cr)

• Internship

Concentration Courses (12 cr)

Three required from concentration area:

Sport/Performance Psychology

  • SED CE 650 Counseling Skills and Techniques in Sport and Exercise Psychology (4 cr)
  • SED PE 505 Sport Science (4 cr)
  • SED DS 700 Advanced Seminar in Sport and Exercise Psychology (4 cr)
  • SED PE 529 Psychology of Coaching Teams
  • SED CE 643 Mindfulness & Performance

In addition, 2 semesters of SED CE 721 Sport & Exercise Psychology Practicum (2 cr each) are required.

Child/Adolescent Mental Health

  • SED LS 626 Intercultural Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED EC 507 Play and Child Development in Early Childhood (4 cr)
  • SED SE 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (4 cr)
  • SED BI 620 Educational Issues in Bilingualism (4 cr)

Comprehensive Tasks and Dissertation

Two of the three qualifying tasks must be completed and accepted prior to the problem hearing for the dissertation. All three qualifying tasks must be completed and accepted prior to the final dissertation hearing. The dissertation, written under the supervision of a faculty committee, must be based upon original research about a significant topic in the field.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is a master’s degree required to enter the doctoral program?

A: Yes, a master’s degree is required. For students entering the licensure track program, the master’s must be in psychology.

Q: When are most of the doctoral classes held?

A: The School of Education schedules doctoral classes during the day, late afternoon, and evening hours.

Q: Can I complete the doctoral program while holding a full-time job?

A: All students must complete the residency requirement, meaning all students must attend at full-time rate for two consecutive semesters. Most non-licensure Counseling Psychology students do not hold full-time jobs. A full-time job is discouraged because many courses and most practica are scheduled during the day.

Q: May I complete the program on a part-time basis?

A: All students must complete the residency requirement as noted above and the program does not accept part-time attendance.