Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision

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

Program Info

This CACREP-accredited Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision program prepares graduates to acquire faculty positions and assume leadership positions in mental health and school settings. Students receive intense training in counseling, teaching, supervision, research, and advocacy. Classes are held during weeknights. The coursework is completed within two (2) years.

Strengths of the 51-credit Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision program include:

CACREP Accreditation: The Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which means that the program has a nationally recognized and rigorous curriculum. Programs that receive CACREP accreditation have demonstrated a commitment to high admissions, academic and fieldwork standards and current best practices in counselor preparation and program improvement. Counselor preparation programs that are accredited by CACREP must hire faculty who have earned a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program. This has increased the marketability of graduates of CACREP accredited doctoral programs. Counseling psychology or clinical psychology graduates are generally not eligible for counselor education faculty positions

Graduate Assistantship (GA) Positions: Competitive graduate assistant positions are available

Success of Graduates: Graduates have been very successful in obtaining faculty and leadership positions regionally and nationally

Executive Model: Courses are held during weeknights which permits for employment, and many of the students maintain full-time employment

Time to Degree: The coursework is completed within two (2) years. Some students have earned their degree within three years. The curriculum involves 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters and 6 credits during the summer semesters

Faculty: The faculty members have considerable professional experience and are active within the profession as scholars, supervisors, counselors, and consultants. The faculty members have extensive relationships with the community agencies, universities, and schools in the Pittsburgh area

Focus: Students receive extensive training in counseling, supervision, teaching and research

Research Orientation: The Program emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative research

University's Reputation: Duquesne University has a national and growing reputation. Duquesne is ranked as a Top tier university (US News & World Report, 2018)

Campus/City: Duquesne University is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, a vibrant and safe city that has been recognized world-wide for its livability, welcoming atmosphere and professional opportunity. In 2014, The Economist again named Pittsburgh the most livable city in the contiguous United States, and The Travel Channel has called Pittsburgh "... bubbling over with young people helping to redefine the city."

Counselor Education Program Objectives

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 2018-19 2019-20
Number of Graduates 7 6 10 10 9 8 7 7
Completion Rate No Data 56% 58% 58% 65% 78% 78% 50%
Job Placement Rate No Data 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
For additional information and statistics, please see the Annual Report.

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Application Deadline

Applications will be received for the 2022 Fall semester until February 1, 2022. The first campus interviews are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Applicants typically interview on campus but applicants who do not reside in the area may request a phone interview by contacting the counselor education program at | 412.396.1197.

Admissions Requirements

3.0 GPA*
*Applicants are customarily expected to have a 3.0 grade point average, based on a four-point scale, in both their undergraduate and graduate works. However, exceptions may be granted on a limited basis, in which there is substantial additional evidence of a student's academic competency.

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.

Application Materials

Upon submitting a completed application, the counselor education program will contact applicants to arrange an interview.

Duquesne University Application

Upon submitting the university application applicants will be prompted to submit a resume/curriculum vitae 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. In the university application applicants will be asked to provide the contact information for two (2) recommenders, who will subsequently receive an email prompting the recommender to upload their recommendation for the applicant. Recommendations must be from individuals who can speak about your academic/professional abilities (i.e. faculty/supervisor). Family, friends, and professional colleagues are not acceptable references.

Official transcripts
If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

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School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
Duquesne University
214 Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

International Applicants - Additional Application Steps


Duquesne University requires submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English speaking applicants who attended a university outside of the United States.

Score Requirements
The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission. TOEFL: a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test 
IELTS: a minimum of 6.5 with no sub-score less than those listed for each area. Official TOEFL and IELTS scores must be submitted to Duquesne University using the University code 2196.

Minimum required sub scores:

Reading 17 6.5
Writing 17 5.5
Speaking 17 5.5
Listening 17 6.0

Additionally, the English as a Second Language (ESL) 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.

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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.

In addition to graduate tuition rates, 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.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.

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Jered Kolbert

Jered Kolbert, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director, Counselor Education
Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education

110 D 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.

Yih-Hsing Liu

Yih-Hsing Liu, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director, Counselor Education
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education

405 A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4026
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Yih-Hsing Liu (Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, Syracuse University, '16) 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.

David Delmonico

David Delmonico, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education

110 C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4032
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

David Delmonico (Ph.D., Counselor Education, Kent State University, '97) 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.

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education

406 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5711
Curriculum Vitae
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Debra Hyatt-Burkhart (Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University, '11) 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.

Matthew Joseph

Matthew Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education

103 B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6110
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Matthew Joseph (Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, '09) is an associate 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.

Dr. Kathryn Linich

Kathryn Linich, Ph.D.

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

G9 B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1871
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Kathryn Linich (Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina, '21) joined the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program in 2021. She has experience working with persons with disabilities adjust to life with a visual impairment (2015-2016), as well as working with children and families in an outpatient setting (2016-2021). Dr. Linich's research interests include grief counseling, grief education, wellness, and grief as a part of adjustment to an acquired disability or medical diagnosis.

Madeleine Stevens

Madeleine M. Stevens, Ph.D.

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

101 A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6112
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Madeleine M. Stevens (Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio University, '21) is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education's Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education. She provides instruction in master's and doctoral level courses within the Counselor Education program, and began her work in July 2021. Dr. Stevens has worked as a licensed professional counselor in college counseling centers, private practices, and community mental health settings, and she has conducted both individual and group counseling via in-person and Telehealth services. Dr. Stevens has published several peer-reviewed articles in various publications, with a focus on professional counselor identity development, group work, and wellness in counseling. She uses a person-centered, culturally-sensitive approach in her clinical and instructional work. She also remains active in professional counseling organizations at the state, regional, and national level.

Waganesh Zeleke

Waganesh Zeleke, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education

103 C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2465
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Waganesh Zeleke (Ed.D., LCPC,NCC. Counseling, University of Montana, '13) has served as an associate 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 individuals mental health and wellbeing with a focus on autism, immigrant mental health, and international adoption.

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