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Counselor Education

Interested in advancing your counseling career into areas such as leadership, advocacy, research, and university teaching?

Thank you for your interest in our PhD in Counseling Education.  This summer, we have two live, online information sessions:

Wednesday, June 12; 5-6pm (Eastern)
Monday, July 15; 6-7pm (Eastern)

If you are interested in attending a session, please contact Kathi Pauling ( for the Zoom link and password.  More information sessions will be available this fall.

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Our CACREP-accredited doctoral program in Counselor Education is designed for individuals who have completed a master’s degree in counseling and wish to deepen understanding of counseling while developing skills in supervision, teaching, research, and leadership and advocacy. Our graduates go on to careers as counselor education faculty members; supervisors in school, university, or agency settings; and private counseling and consulting practice. Our program is completely face-to-face in Knoxville. Most students enroll on full-time basis, and part-time options are available by advisement.

Please Note: The GRE is not required for applicants to the Counselor Education Doctoral Program.

Click here to view the Counselor Education PhD Brochure

About Counselor Education


We aim to make the world a better place for persons in need through preparing excellent counselor educators and supervisors. Our graduates excel in providing culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, ethical, and evidence-informed approaches to counseling, counselor education, and supervision. They enrich the counseling profession through research, leadership, and advocacy.


  1. Graduates will explore and engage in culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, ethical, and evidence-informed counseling relationships that prepare them to train master’s level professionals and contribute to the development of counseling theory and practice.
  2. Graduates will provide culturally sensitive, ethical and developmentally appropriate supervisory relationships that promote skills of developing clinicians and provide gatekeeping for the profession.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and ethical teaching, assessment, and evaluation methods relevant to educating counselors.
  4. Graduates will comprehend and apply diverse methods for answering research questions relevant to the counseling profession. 
  5. Graduates will be culturally sensitive and ethical advocates and leaders for self, clients, and the counseling profession through interventions, programming, and professional and community engagement.
  6. Graduates will demonstrate professional dispositions including Commitment, Humility, Openness, Respect, Integrity, and Self-Awareness.

UT Orange poster containing the Core Values for Counseling Programs Acronym spelled out: Commitment, Humility, Openness, Respect, Integrity, Self-awareness.

An acronym C H O R I S to highlight core values counseling programs and their students hold.


Core CACREP-Accredited Program Faculty

Casey A. Barrio Minton*
Department Head

Jeff L. Cochran*

Jamian Coleman, PhD*
Assistant Professor

Joel Diambra

Joel F. Diambra*
Associate Professor

Melinda Gibbons

Melinda M. Gibbons*

Hyunhee Kim, PhD*
Assistant Professor

Jordan Westcott, PhD*
Assistant Professor

*Designated as core faculty members for this program.[/half]

Information for Potential Applicants

Application Requirements

Complete application packets must be received no later than November 1.

Interviews are held in mid-December, and selection is made by mid-January for students entering the program the following fall term.

We will be hosting two online information sessions for potential applicants. If you are interested in participating in an online information session, please click here PhD Zoom Registration  to make a reservation. Once you sign up, you will receive information about the date and time of the sessions.

The Counselor Training Clinic provides students with access to free individual and group counseling and is focused on helping students to achieve a greater sense of wellness. Doctoral students complete counseling and supervision field experiences within the CTC.
Please check the Graduate Catalog for the most recent courses and descriptions.

Financial Aid Information

Includes EPC GA Application form, departmental fellowships/scholarships, and links to other funding sources around UT Knoxville.

CACREP Accreditation Information


Updated 02/08/2024