Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision

This Ph.D. in clinical counseling equips students to become competent mental health professionals, counselor educators, supervisors, researchers and leaders in the field who use their skills in service to others. This 66-hour program can be completed in about three years.

Upcoming Start Dates:

On Campus:
Nashville, TN - Sep. 1, 2022

Trevecca’s clinical counseling teaching and supervision Ph.D. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and has a strong reputation throughout Middle Tennessee. This doctoral program equips students to use their skills by serving others as mental health professionals, counselor educators, supervisors, researchers and leaders in the field.

In addition to our CACREP-accredited traditional, face-to-face option, an online option will be offered beginning in the fall of 2022. Trevecca is committed to taking necessary steps toward receiving accreditation for the online program once it launches. Progression toward accreditation for the online option will be provided as the process ensues.


Before beginning the program, students must choose either the online or traditional option as their primary delivery path for this degree (a hybrid version is not an option).

Program Benefits

  • Complete your degree in a little more than three years with the flexibility of attending classes just two half-days each week.
  • Utilize a built-in support system and complete your degree alongside others who are working toward similar goals through Trevecca’s cohort model.
  • Learn in a collaborative environment with small class sizes.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.

What to Expect

Established in 2007, this program provides an integrated worldview emphasizing compassionate service. You’ll enhance your skills as a counselor, understanding and practicing the art of counseling more proficiently at an advanced level. You’ll also be equipped to become an influential leader in the mental health community; to embrace diversity in working with clients and students; to develop and mentor future counselors; to serve as a mental health educator in higher education; and to conduct and publish professional research. You’ll be supported by distinguished faculty members as you explore your unique research interests in collaborative classroom environments.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Trevecca Ph.D. student, you’ll learn how to integrate the principles of counselor education with a Christian worldview

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Cost/Credit Hour




Tuition Cost*


*$100 tech. fee assessed per course. Books are not included.

Application Information

  • Now accepting applications for fall 2023. Application deadline is February 1, 2023.

Application Prerequisites

Due to the Ph.D. Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision’s CACREP accreditation, only an individual who holds a counseling or counseling-related master’s degree may be considered for application. Additionally, all applicants to the program must have completed all (or a large majority) of the CACREP and program prerequisite, master’s-level coursework before they may be considered eligible for admittance to the program.

The following core counseling courses, or equivalency, are prerequisites for admission to the doctoral program:

  • Social and Cultural Diversity

  • Human Growth and Development

  • Group Counseling

  • Career Counseling

  • Helping Relationships

  • Ethics

  • Research

  • Assessment/Testing

  • Advanced Abnormal

  • Practicum/Internship (minimum of two semesters)

Interested in finding out if you’re eligible to apply? Fill out the course verification information here.

Application Checklist

  • Complete the online application (it's free!).

    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!

  • Send official transcripts to:
    Trevecca Nazarene University
    Attn: Graduate Admissions
    333 Murfreesboro Pike
    Nashville, TN 37210
    FAX to 1-888-517-0123
    EMAIL to

  • Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not acceptable

    1. Have earned a master’s degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, or similar counseling-related degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. Official transcripts from all institutions in which graduate-level coursework was completed.

    3. An official transcript indicating undergraduate degree completed.

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report

    Verbal and quantitative combined score of 300 or higher and analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher are expected for admission. Analytical writing score of 4 is preferred.

  • Three (3) completed and signed recommendation forms submitted here
    - One (1) character/moral reference

    - Two (2) references from former professors or employers/supervisors in the counseling field who can adequately evaluate your clinical skills and capacity to complete a doctorate. Applicants will need to send recommendation form link to their recommenders.

  • A 400-word Letter of Intent

    Specify your purpose and goals for entering the Ph.D. program. Email the Letter of Intent as a PDF to

  • Professional/Curriculum Vita

    Include degrees earned, ministry and/or counseling experience, any research and/or professional presentation experience, and career goals. Email Professional/Curriculum Vita as a PDF to

* Have questions? Contact the Enrollment Counselor with your questions at or 615-248-1546

Application documents

Please submit application after Coursework Eligibility Verification is approved by Director of Admissions.

Career Opportunities

Trevecca’s clinical counseling Ph.D. for teaching and supervision is an advanced professional doctoral degree that prepares students for roles like these:

  • Professional mental health researcher
  • Counselor educator
  • Private Counselor
  • Clinical Supervisor