Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

Counselor Education

Program Coordinator

Melinda Gibbons, PhD, NCC
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
441 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3542

Program Secretary

Joy DuVoisin, CAP
453 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3542

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 The doctoral major in Counselor Education at the University of Tennessee is designed to prepare experienced counseling professionals to advance their careers in the education, supervision, and research of counselors. This program is for students who have completed a master’s degree in counseling or counseling-related fields who aspire to careers in areas such as college, university, or community college teaching positions in counselor education or related fields; supervisory positions in schools, community agencies, state departments of education; counseling positions in student development programs and counseling centers in higher education; and/or private mental health counseling/consultation practice employee assistance programs.

About Counselor Education

Application Requirements

Application Deadline is November 1st.


Casey A. Barrio Minton
associate professor

Jeff Cochran

Jeff Cochran

Joel Diambra

Joel F. Diambra
associate professor

Melinda Gibbons

Melinda Gibbons
associate professor

Bob Kronick

Robert Kronick


Shawn Spurgeon
associate professor


Laura S. Wheat
assistant professor

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional questions? Please contact Melinda Gibbons.

Sample Syllabi for CACREP-Accredited Counseling Program Courses

(Please note that we are in the process of updating sample course syllabi.)

COUN 480 Skills for Counseling
COUN 504 Special Topics
COUN 525 Formal Measurement in Education and Counseling
COUN 535 Orientation to Counseling and Ethics
COUN 540 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health and School Settings
COUN 545 Critical Issues in Counseling
COUN 550 Foundations in School Counseling
COUN 551 Theory and Practice of Counseling
COUN 552 Career Development: Vocational Theory, Research, and Practice
COUN 554 Group Dynamics and Methods
COUN 555 Practicum in Counseling
COUN 556 Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Related Professional Issues
COUN 558 Internship in School Counseling
COUN 559 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 560 Practicum in Grief Support
COUN 562 Child Centered Play Therapy
COUN 563 Crisis Intervention for Counselors
COUN 565 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 570 Cross-Cultural Counseling: Theory and Research
COUN 645 Foundations in Counselor Education and Supervision
COUN 650 Seminar in Counselor Education
COUN 655 Practicum in Counselor Education
COUN 659 Internship in Counselor Education
COUN 662 Advanced Theory and Practice of Counseling
COUN 665 Advanced Group and Systems Theory and Interventions
COUN 670 Theory and Practice of Counseling Supervision and Consultation
COUN 675 Theory and Practice of University Teaching in Counselor Education
SCHP 690 Psychopathology in School and Mental Health Settings

Updated 06/21/2017

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