First doctoral students in GSU counselor education and supervision program receive diplomas

2013-06-03T00:00:00Z First doctoral students in GSU counselor education and supervision program receive diplomasFor The Times
June 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | The College of Education at Governors State University recognizes the first two graduates of the university’s doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision, Ashley Rae Cosentino and Steve Hamm.

Both graduates started the program in fall 2010 as part of its inaugural cohort and completed their studies and culminating projects this spring. Cosentino, of Joliet, focused her research on attitudes toward fathering. Hamm, of Manteno, focused his research on resilience and well-being in troubled teens.

“This is truly a milestone for the College of Education,” said Deborah E. Bordelon, dean of the College of Education and Graduate Studies. “Our faculty have worked tirelessly to provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum for our doctoral students. Drs. Cosentino and Hamm have met and exceeded the high expectations we have for our students in the program. We will all join in celebrating their accomplishments at the hooding ceremony on June 6 and our commencement ceremony on June 8.”

This Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program was recently granted accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. As a CACREP accredited program, the Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision meets the highest academic standards and prepares individuals for leadership roles in higher education, community agencies, and social services.

The doctoral program is designed for students who hold a master’s degree from a CACREP-accredited counseling program, a degree in counseling, or a degree in a related field. Students are expected to attain advanced level competence in counseling, supervision, teaching, research, and advocacy and leadership. Teaching, supervision, practicum, and internship experiences are required.

Students in the program are required to pass the doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinations, and complete a capstone project. The program is designed to be completed in eight semesters, with students taking six hours per semester. Classes are held on Tuesdays during the entire cohort period and are taught in the day and evening.

For further information on the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision, contact (708) 534-4840 or visit

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway.

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