Career Opportunities

  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education
  • Independent Practice
  • Research and Scholarship
  • Business and Industry
  • Clinical Settings


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Program Overview

The PhD in Education with an emphasis in Counseling program is based on a researcher practitioner model and is primarily designed to train researchers, scholars, academicians and highly skilled practitioners. The PhD deepens a student's understanding and builds refined research, teaching, supervision, counseling, and leadership and advocacy skills. It is the only doctoral counseling program in Missouri that holds accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Many graduates of the program are practicing counselors or counselor educators, many of whom are placed in academic positions at major universities throughout the nation.

The PhD in Education with an emphasis in Counseling requires a minimum of 111 postbaccalaureate hours, including 15-18 hours of research methods, 27-33 hours within the primary discipline area, and 12-15 hours within a secondary discipline. The PhD research internship (a 600 contact hour field experience) requires research activity, graduate teaching, supervision experience with master’s-level students, and counseling practice. UMSL has a counseling training center on campus, the Counseling and Social Advocacy Center, where students gain practical experience under close supervision.

Admissions are conducted once per year. The deadline for applications is December 1 for a fall admission.

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations. For more on UMSL Education, visit