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Frequently Asked Questions

1) How long does it take to complete the program?

Students attending full time complete the program in three years. However, you may decide to go part time and add years to your program. According to Graduate College policy, students have seven years to complete the program.  Click here if you would like to view an approximate schedule for full-time enrollment into the Doctoral Program of Study.

2) How does the program help develop student’s professional identity?

Program faculty work closely with students to intentionally help them develop their professional identity in Counselor Education and Supervision. Students specifically engage in:

      • Developing an area of professional counseling expertise as demonstrated through scholarly publications and/or presentations
      • Developing collaborative relationships with program faculty in teaching, supervision, research, professional writing, and service to the profession and the public.
      • Participating in appropriate professional counseling organizations.
      • Contributing and promoting scholarly counseling research.
      • We expect that student dissertation topics will be in Counselor Education and Supervision, and that students will engage in leadership and/or advocacy through counseling professional organizations, such as Idaho Counseling Association.
      • Students will have the opportunity to provide leadership in student organizations that are specific to counselor education. Our program has two student organizations: Boise State University Counselors for Social Justice and Chi Sigma Iota.

3) What are the expectations for practicum and internship?

    • The expectations for practicum are 100 hours of supervised, doctoral-level clinical work. Forty hours must be in direct service with clients.  Doctoral students see clients in our department’s practicum lab. The lab servers Boise State University undergraduate student volunteers.
    • The expectations for internship are 600 hours of supervised, doctoral-level clinical, teaching, and/or research experiences.  Internship experiences could include activities within the professional scope of Counselor Education and Supervision and can are determined in collaboration with your advisor.

4) Is there an Orientation?

Doctoral students are expected to attend a mandatory orientation that takes place once a year prior to the first year in the program. Orientation will be provided by the College of Education and all in-coming doctoral students attend.

5) Do you have to have a license to be admitted into the program?

In order to be admitted into our doctoral program, you have to be license eligible or have a LPC or LCPC in the state of Idaho. Please click here to visit the Idaho Licensure Board website for more information.

6) Where can I get more information?

Read more about the Doctoral of Education program here, and contact Dr. Regina Moro (Doctoral Program Coordinator) via email at