Argosy University Online EdD Program Course List

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Program Requirements

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology Program with an optional concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision requires the satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours as follows:

  • 21 credit hours in Core
  • 3 credit hours in Theory
  • 12 credit hours in Research
  • 12 credit hours in Electives or Concentration
  • 12 credit hours in Dissertation
  • 2 Residencies

All courses are 3 semester credit hours in length.

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Required Core Courses

There are 21 credit hours in Core courses needed for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology Program. Students are required to take the following:

This course examines the current definitions and applications of clinical supervision. The major models of clinical supervision are presented, along with the role of clinical supervision in a variety of settings, including the academic “counselor-in-training” as well as the various professional settings in which clinical supervision is performed. The course explores the benefits and shortcomings of individual versus group supervision, with particular focus on characteristics that make for a competent supervisor and effective supervisory relationships. It further explores the role of both supervisor and supervisee, ethical and legal considerations, evaluative criteria, cultural and gender issues, and research issues and methods. The expected student outcome is the development of an individual training model and the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the ethical requirements of supervision. (Restricted to doctoral students with professional counseling experience.)

This course provides an advanced exploration of the legal, ethical, and professional choices faced by mental health practitioners. Basic ethical issues are first reviewed and extended into practical, case-oriented study of current demands and obligations for the mental health issues in ethics, professional liability, risk management, and managed care service environments. Successful practitioners will recognize changes in the way employers provide mental health benefits, and will modify and market their services accordingly, in order to offer ethical and effective treatments and consultative services.

Students may choose four of the following:

The focus of this seminar is the direct application of theories of group dynamics and group leadership within the therapeutic process. Discussion revolves around the use of groups in facilitating personal growth and resolving emotional and interpersonal difficulties. The seminar examines the developmental stages of group process and the problems inherent in group leadership. The expected student outcome is the ability to practice effective group therapy.

This seminar provides advanced study in marriage and family therapy and practice, offering an in-depth examination of the theories and research related to the conduct of counseling and therapy with couples and families. Special attention is given to the specific marriage and family therapy techniques that are most successful in practice, including psychodynamic, experiential systems, structural, strategic, behavioral, and psychoeducational strategies. Special topics such as multicultural issues, alternative lifestyles, spousal abuse, substance abuse, and brief therapy are discussed. The expected student outcome is the ability to develop and utilize effective, individualized, therapeutic interventions with diverse couples, based on sound theoretical judgment.

This course focuses on a review of contemporary models of the brief psychotherapies. The class explores theoretical models that underlie this mode of treatment and examines ways for their application in applied settings. In addition, the class contrasts brief psychotherapy models with classical therapies, such as behavioral and psychological therapies.

Mental health professionals work with an increasingly diverse ethnic population, yet their training is usually focused on Western philosophy. Such limitations in training make it difficult for non-Western and ethnic clients to secure culturally sensitive services. This may be true even when the mental health profession is non-Western. This class will expose students to the historical experiences of colonialism and study its effects on the modern psychological organization of ethnic minorities. The course will explore the mental health needs of African, Latino and Hispanic Americans from a historical and cultural perspective. The course will examine how the process of colonialism has affected the present mental health of various ethnic groups. Students who wish to register for this class should be aware that class discussions may be frank, examining the anger, rage, and other issues of ethnic minorities that make working with them so challenging. It is hoped that through this type of open discussion, students will be better prepared to understand the psychology of ethnic minorities.

This seminar provides an advanced examination of individual counseling for counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, mental health workers, and other similar human services professionals. Classic models of counseling are explored and their appropriateness in various case studies are evaluated. Concepts and techniques from nine major therapeutic approaches are explored, along with a focus on developing a personalized style and theoretical orientation in relation to each client?s unique life situation.

This seminar presents the various counseling techniques that are successful in treating children and adolescents. The unique counseling needs of children and adolescents are identified and special techniques and traditional methodologies are considered. Specific topics such as peer relationships, sexuality, abuse, substance abuse, and ethical treatment of children are also reviewed. Expected student outcomes include the development of clinical skills essential for providing appropriate services to children and adolescents.

This seminar presents special topics related to counseling, enabling full-time and visiting faculty members, including recognized leaders in the field, to provide special seminar offerings in their particular area of interest or expertise. The focus of this seminar is on expanding and extending the core curriculum in all areas of counseling in responsive and creative ways. Contemporary issues, current trends, notable innovations, new research findings, and unique methodologies are covered. The expected student outcome is mastery of specialized knowledge that complements and supplements the core curriculum. By permission of advisor.

The foundation of an effective treatment plan is the data gathered through biopsychosocial assessment. Data can be collected from interviews, client history and records, testing, or collateral contacts. This course presents specific steps for developing an effective treatment plan based on assessment data and recognizing the uniqueness of each client. Plans include a variety of interventions and approaches based on both behavioral problems and/or DSM-IV diagnosis.

This foundational doctoral course provides advanced academic study and writing processes for analyzing and evaluating current research articles, literature reviews, and dissertations. Emphasis will be placed on APA style guidelines and university publication requirements. Students will develop a perspective as scholarly practitioners, focusing within their specific discipline and program. Providing students the information and skills to navigate and successfully complete their doctoral programs and dissertations is the primary goal of this course.

Required Theory Course

There are 3 credit hours in Theory courses needed for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology Program. Select 1 of the following:

The Cognitive-Behavioral course provides students with an in-depth knowledge base of the cognitive-behavioral theories, past and present. Course content addresses theoretical concepts from an historical perspective, applied intervention strategies associated with theoretical underpinnings, and a review of past and current outcome research relevant to theoretical conceptualizations of the seminal work of Bandura, Beck, Ellis, Festinger, Glass, Meichenbaum, Pavlov, Skinner, and Wolpe and subsequent researchers who contributed to the discipline or application of cognitive-behavioral psychology.

This course explores in-depth the humanistic psychotherapies. The origins and histories of the existential, Gestalt, and person-centered therapies are examined. Particular emphasis is given to the philosophical and phenomenological assumptions underlying these approaches. Key figures of each of these schools of therapy will be highlighted. Whenever possible, primary sources will be used.

Required Research Courses

There are 12 credit hours in Research courses needed for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology Program.


This course focuses on the structure and process of descriptive research across the disciplines of business, education, and behavioral science. It presents the concepts of relationships, correlations, and descriptive paradigms. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to design a descriptive research study. The student will be able to utilize correct descriptive sampling techniques, collect and organize data systematically, adhere to acceptable reliability and validity standards in measurement, apply appropriate descriptive methodology, perform descriptive statistical analysis including mean, mode, median, correlations, chi square and t-tests with matched groups, and fully present findings. The student will also master the language of descriptive research, distinguish between various methodologies, conduct literature surveys that provide the foundation of investigation, critique descriptive research, review the dissertation research process, and construct effective descriptive research proposals. Computer applications, logistical issues, and ethical considerations are examined.

This course introduces the assumptions, theories, and processes of qualitative inquiry. The purpose of this course is to provide advanced graduate students with the theoretical foundations necessary to understand qualitative inquiry, and to enhance their abilities to conduct qualitative research and evaluation.

This course emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills in program evaluation methodology. Six alternative evaluation approaches are surveyed, with a focus on developing a management/ decision-oriented evaluation plan. This course also serves as a practicum for the conceptualization and development of a doctoral research study that employs a program evaluation model.


This seminar focuses on the structure and process of experimental research across the disciplines of business, education, and behavioral science. The seminar presents the concepts of probability, cause-effect relationships, and experimental paradigms. Upon completion of the seminar, the student will be able to design a quasi-experimental or true experimental research study that has internal and external validity, utilize correct experimental sampling techniques, collect and organize data systematically, adhere to acceptable reliability and validity standards in measurement, apply appropriate experimental methodology, perform inferential statistical analysis including t-tests with unmatched groups, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), and infer cause-effect relationships. The student will master the language of experimental research, distinguish between various methodologies, conduct literature surveys that provide the foundation of investigation, critique experimental research, review the dissertation research process, and construct effective research proposals. Also, computer applications, logistical issues, and ethical considerations are examined.


This course provides students with skills necessary for the survey research process. This includes familiarity with questionnaire design, including framing the question, sample size, reliability and validity in survey construction, and the strengths and limitations of the numerous methods used in survey research.


This course provides a survey of advanced techniques to support doctoral research using hands-on applications with SPSS. Topics include multiple regression, time-series analysis, multiple discriminant analysis, MANOVA, canonical analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, MDS, conjoint analysis, and cross-tabulations.

Electives or Concentration Courses

There are 12 credit hours in Electives or Concentration courses needed for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology Program. Select 4 of the following (*designates courses required to complete the Concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision):

This course focuses on the development of counselors and therapists over their career lifespan in order to enhance the professional development and competence of counselors/therapists. Issues related to a stage model of professional development, as well as publications and private practice development, are also considered. Information technology is included as it relates to the professional counselor. Expected student outcomes include a plan of personal development that includes University matriculation and beyond, a program of study that reflects specific individual goals, and demonstration of minimum competencies for successful degree completion.

This course presents the consultative theories and techniques related to successful multidisciplinary consultation and collaboration in clinical practice. The focus of the course is on individual (micro) consultation with professionals and others working in medical, forensic, social service, and mental health systems, as well as allied disciplines. The process of clinical consultation is examined, the role and responsibilities of the clinical consultant are explored, and practical skills related to the delivery of services are developed. Expected student outcomes include the emergence of core competencies associated with successful consultative practice in a clinical setting.

This course focuses on concepts and strategies for managing change in educational, human services, and business settings. Special consideration is given to the recognition of human diversity and strategies that empower both individuals and the organization. Processes, procedures, and skills for change are presented in terms of situational considerations and implications.

This course focuses on various models, perspectives, research and techniques pertaining to learning to teach in higher education. Issues related to values, beliefs, pedagogical techniques, learning styles, as well as how to structure, deliver, and evaluate instruction will be covered. Students will develop essential concepts and strategies related to organizing and presenting courses in a practical and effective style applicable to all domains of knowledge.

There are multiple causes of mental illness, including those beyond the expertise of the professional counselor, that are necessary to consider when planning an intervention and functioning in multidisciplinary teams. This course focuses on the biological, genetic, and diathesis stress models of mental illness. Students examine multiple causes of mental disorders, and explore biochemical, physiological, genetic, and tissue changes that account for the manifestation of specific symptoms in mental illness. This course is for professional counselors, and does not require an extensive background in psychobiology.

This course presents the history and foundations of marital and family theory and practice using a system framework. The primary purpose of the course is the study of the emergence and the tenets of the major theoretical constructs in marriage and family therapy, including psychoanalytic, behavioral, experiential, strategic, and structural models. The specific therapeutic interventions derived from these models are evaluated. Ethics, controversial issues, cultural identity, and contemporary trends are also considered. The expected student outcome is the ability to apply basic theoretical tenets to individual case histories.

Counselors are increasingly members of interdisciplinary teams, and need new information in order to communicate with other disciplines. This course is designed to acquaint the professional counselor with the history and use of psychotropic drugs. Emphasis is given to the understanding of the uses of these drugs and the common side effects of the major categories of psychiatric medications. Relationships between major DSM-IV classifications and appropriate medications are presented.

Residency II must be completed during the last class

  • Residency II, focuses on the successful completion of the dissertation, including the following: the completion of the plan of studies, in-depth library research, dissertation formatting and style, mind maps, committee meetings, Institution Research Board, and Dissertation Guides. Students will also have an opportunity to observe dissertation defenses and hear presentations from advanced doctoral students.

Required Dissertation Courses

There are 12 credit hours in Dissertation Courses needed for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology Program.

The dissertation is offered in eight, 1.5-semester-credit blocks, each lasting one session.
Block A & B

  • Preparation of Chapters 1 and 2, Introduction and the Review of Literature
  • Final formation of dissertation committee and approval of prospectus

Block C & D

  • Preparation of Chapter 3, Methodology
  • Proposal defense
  • Application to the campus Institutional Review Board

Block E & F

  • Preparation for Chapter 4: Results of Data-gathering and Analysis

Block G & B

  • Preparation of Chapter 5, Discussion, Conclusions, and Recommendations
  • Completion of final dissertation document, including appendices, reference list, acknowledgements, dedication, and table of contents
  • Submission of document to Turnitin®
  • Approval of the final dissertation document.
  • Final oral defense of the dissertation (open to faculty, student, public).
  • Completion of final copy editing for binding and placement in the Library.

NOTE: Students who do not complete in four semesters must apply for a dissertation extension

Graduation Requirements

in order to graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study developed in consultation with the faculty members.
  • Satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours beyond the master?s degree
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0)
  • Satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination
  • Successful completion and defense of the dissertation
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to the campus administration
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Program Facts

  • Program: 60 Credits
    - Total Courses: 16
    - Dissertation Blocks: 4
    - Residencies: 2
    - Comp. Exam: Yes
    - Dissertation: Yes
  • Credits per Course: 3
  • Course Length: 7½ weeks
  • Program Length: 3-4 yrs
  • Tuition: $827 per semester credit hour
  • Residency: $1,100 per Residency Session
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