University of Western States

EdD Sport Performance Psych with Counseling


8000 NE Tillamook Street

Portland, OR 97213

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Format: Online

Program Description:

The doctorate of education in sport and performance psychology, clinical mental health counseling specialization (EdD-SPP, CMHC) is uniquely designed for students who are simultaneously seeking counseling licensure and advanced sport and performance psychology training to open the door to a wide array of career options.

Using a comprehensive and integrated approach, through the lens of sport and performance, the EdD-SPP, CMHC degree covers eight core counseling content areas: (1) ethics and professional identity; (2) multiculturalism and advocacy; (3) human growth and development; (4) career counseling; (5) helping relationships; (6) group counseling; (7) testing and assessment; and, (8) research and program evaluation. It also includes five terms of clinical counseling field placement (one practicum and four internship courses); marriage, couple, and family counseling.

This 148-credit degree can be completed in four-five years and is completed 100% online with consistent and engaging interaction with program faculty who have experience in both fields. This degree is completed with face-to-face internship requirements within students' communities. Five terms of clinical field placement (one term of practicum and four of internship) allow students real-life application of their skills with live clients. Faculty assist students in finding these field placements,
contract with local supervisors and include university-based supervision. Strong student engagement makes the program feel like a cohort model, but students can request flexibility in their program plan to accommodate work and life responsibilities.

For those who have demonstrated success in a previous bachelor's or master's program, this degree gives you the opportunity to complete two degrees (master's-in-passing in clinical mental health counseling and the doctorate of education in sport and performance psychology with clinical mental health counseling specialization) without having to apply to two different programs. Students earn a master's in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) upon completion of the CMHC required credits (90) and the EdD in SPP with CMHC specialization at the completion of the entire program.

The master's in clinical mental health counseling is earned prior to starting the doctoral portion of the degree so that students can begin working as a professional counselor while completing their doctorate.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 138 quarter credits

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $600 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Large City

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