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Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision

Become a driving force in the education of future school counselors and mental health professionals.

Program Info

The Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision program is comprised of 60 credits and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP encourages counselor education programs to hire faculty who have graduated from CACREP-accredited doctoral programs. This program curriculum provides counseling professionals with intense preparation for providing counseling and supervision to other mental health professionals and for teaching and research for the purposes of entering academia.

Graduates of the program have leadership positions in mental health agencies and school districts, and many are faculty members in counselor preparation programs across the nation in states such as Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Tennessee, and California.

This program offers convenient class schedules. Students take nine credits during the fall and spring semesters, and six credits during the summer semesters. Students are on campus for class two to three weeknights and some Saturdays. The coursework is completed within two-and-a-half years. Some students have earned their degree within three years.


The educational experiences of Duquesne's Counselor Education program:

  • Are grounded in theories of wellness, holism and development
  • Involve community engagement and are informed by an understanding of systemic context and multicultural theory
  • Focus on the core elements of an effective helping relationship
  • Emphasize self-awareness, personal development, and experiential learning.

Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision Graduate Statistics
Statistics 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Number of Graduates 7 6 10 10 9 8
Completion Rate No Data 56% 58% 58% 65% 78%
Job Placement Rate No Data 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
For additional information and statistics, please see the Annual Report.
Admission Requirements

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted for fall semesters only. The application deadline to be considered for the Fall 2019 semester has been extended to February 15.

Interviews are conducted in late January to early March. Applicants typically interview on campus but applicants who do not reside in the area may request a phone interview by contacting may contact the program at counselinged@duq.edu | 412.396.1194. Offers of admission are made by March 15.

Admissions Requirements
CACREP Requirements 
The Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has the following requirements for doctoral students:

  • Master's degree in counseling or a closely related field
  • Completed coursework in the CACREP common core areas, which include: 1) Professional Identity, 2) Social & Cultural Diversity, 3) Human Growth & Development, 4) Career Development, 5) Helping Relationships, 6) Group Work, 7) Assessment, & 8) Research & Program Evaluation
  • Completed coursework in a CACREP specialty area (e.g., addictions counseling, clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, etc.).

Applicants who have not graduated from a CACREP master's program, or who have a master's in psychology, social work, or a related field, are to mail or e-mail an unofficial copy of their master's transcript to the Program Director, who will review the transcript to identify what additional coursework is needed to satisfy CACREP prerequisites.

GRE General Test
Applicants can register for the GRE with Educational Testing Service (ETS). There is no minimum score as a number of criteria are considered in admissions decisions (e.g., recommendations, interview, etc.). In the university application, applicants may enter the date on which they will take the GRE.

Application Materials
Duquesne University Application

Upon submitting the University Application, applicants will be prompted to submit a resume and a graduate education essay. The graduate education essay is to be limited to 500 words and should concern the applicant's professional plans upon acquiring a Ph.D. in Counselor Education.

Official transcripts may be sent to:

Beverly Sughrue
Assistant to the Program Director
Duquesne University
109 Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282



International Applicants
Duquesne University requires submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English speaking applicants.

Score Requirements
The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission: TOEFL minimum of 80 (internet based, iBT) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test; IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing, 5.5 for Speaking, and 6.0 for Listening. Have these scores ready to insert into the online application.

Additionally, the English as a Second Language program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in their chosen degree program.

 Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future and increases in value over time. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. By making this investment in yourself, you will receive the highest level of academic quality from our highly regarded, diverse faculty who are at the forefront of the field of education. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Graduate tuition is $1,284 per credit. In addition to tuition, graduate students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, the School of Education offers financial assistance.

University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications. The Counselor Education program offers some full- and half-time graduate assistant positions for PhD students. Applicants to the Ph.D. program will be informed of the process of applying for GA positions.

Members of the clergy are given one-half remission on tuition for most programs (Spiritans are provided special funding opportunities). To determine eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Office / (412) 396-6607

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.


Debra Hyatt-Burkhart

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

410D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5711
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart (Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University, 2011) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education. She currently serves as the Director of Program Practices for the Counselor Education program. Dr. Hyatt-Burkhart coordinates the fieldwork component of the masters program and teaches courses in both the masters and doctoral level counseling programs. Her clinical practice of nearly 30 years informs her teaching and enables her to bring real-world examples and issues into the classroom. Dr. Hyatt-Burkhart's research focuses on positive approaches to and experiences in the treatment and supervision of trauma, as well as upon practice issues. A few examples of her work can be found in the Journal of Loss & Trauma, The Family Journal, Counseling Today, and The Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, & Couples Counseling.

Jered Kolbert

Jered Kolbert, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4471
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Jered Kolbert (Ph.D. Counseling, College of William and Mary, ‘98) has served as Counselor Education program director since 2012. He has worked as a school counselor, marriage, couple and family counselor, and he is in private practice as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). He has authored many journal articles and co-authored 3 books. Dr. Kolbert's primary research interests are bullying and relational aggression.

William Casile

William Casile, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

101C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6112
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

William Casile (Ph.D., Counseling, University of Pittsburgh, 1980) I served as the Director of Undergraduate Special Education (92-98) and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision (04-07). My initial work in teaching and advocacy on behalf of people with significant life-challenges led me to my journey in counseling and supervision. I typically teach courses in group counseling and counseling techniques, and I particularly enjoy supervision. My research explores collaboration in the supervision and development of counselors in training, and I am curious about attaining wellness. If I am not traveling or planning a trip, I feel restless.

David Delmonico

David Delmonico, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4032
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

David Delmonico (Ph.D., Counselor Education, Kent State University, 1997) is a professor specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Delmonico teaches classes on addictions, sexuality, and foundational courses in mental health counseling. His research interests include cybersex compulsivity, cyber-offense behavior, and the overlap between psychology and technology.

Jocelyn Gregoire

Jocelyn Gregoire, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110F Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4442
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Fr. Jocelyn Gregoire , CSSp; GOSK; Ed.D; NCC; LPC; ACS is a Roman Catholic Spiritan priest of over 32 years and has been involved in the counseling field for many years. He is currently an assistant professor in the counseling department of the School of Education at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his doctorate in Education, he holds two other graduate degrees. Through his expertise as a professional counselor, he has helped thousands of people across the world in their journeys toward personal growth and healing. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a member of numerous counseling associations. He has co-authored several articles in refereed journals in the area of sexual addiction and compulsivity, identity development, social justice, and spirituality, as well as two books in counseling.

Matthew Joseph

Matthew Joseph, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

G9D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6110
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Matthew Joseph (Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, 2009) is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education. He teaches graduate-level coursework in lifespan development, career development, and research design. Previously Dr. Joseph worked as an academic advisor/career counselor in higher education as well as director of research for an educational non-profit. His research explores the development of purpose and meaning across the life span with a particular focus on emerging adults, as well as the roles of counselors and other educators in secondary and higher education toward promoting young people’s positive development.

Yih-Hsing Liu

Yih-Hsing Liu, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

106A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4026
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Yih-Hsing Liu (Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, Syracuse University, 2016) joined the faculty of Counselor Education in 2015. Dr. Liu practiced psychotherapy in Syracuse, New York (2011-2014), and was a registered psychiatric nurse at Taipei City Hospital in Taiwan (1999-2004). Dr. Liu’s research and clinical interests fall under the broad category of trauma-informed care, integrative medicine, clinical discourse analysis, and critical multiculturalism.

Waganesh Zeleke

Waganesh Zeleke, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2465
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Waganesh Zeleke (Ed.D., LCPC,NCC. Counseling, University of Montana, 2013) has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education since 2013. Dr. Zeleke teaches primarily clinical mental health counseling courses to both Master’s and Doctoral level students in the Counseling program. Her research explores how culture and context shapes indviuduals mental health and wellbeing with a focus on autism, immigrant mental health, and international adoption.