EdD in Sport and Performance Psychology with Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

Who is the CMHC specialization for?

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.

Watch this video to find out if the clinical mental health counseling specialization is a fit for you.

What does the program cover?

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.

Students also complete the core sport and performance psychology (SPP) EdD curriculum and may elect to participate in SPP culminating experiences to prepare them to apply for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) certification. Students who have already earned the CMPC or are interested in research experiences have the option to complete a dissertation as their culminating experience. Applicants who have already earned a clinical counseling degree may not be a good fit for this program because this is not a terminal degree in counselor education and supervision.

Program graduates work as counselors, consultants, administrators, educators, coaches, researchers and clinical supervisors.


This program prepares students to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCHMCE). Passing the NCE/NCHMCE exams are required for licensure in one’s state. It is the responsibility of the individual student to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. As state licensing boards do not review programmatic content prior to application for licensure, UWS makes no representations or guarantee that completion of UWS coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure. Learn more about licensure by state on our professional licensure disclosure page.

How is the degree completed?

This 148-credit degree can be completed in four years of full-time enrollment or 4.5-5.5 years of part time enrollment 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 an 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.

Standardized Patient Program

One of the features of this program is the standardized patient component, which provides unique and personalized learning for students. Faculty design specific case studies, which create opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in simulated real-world scenarios with specially trained actors. Students also have the opportunity to design their own case studies to demonstrate conceptualization skills and process understanding.

Fast Facts

PROGRAMEdD-SPP, CMHC Specialization
FORMATonline blended
LENGTH16 quarters (4-5 years)
CREDITS148 quarter (98.7 semester)
ENTRY TERMSpring and Fall
TUITION$699 per credit

Graduation Requirements

The EdD in sport and performance psychology is conferred upon the student who has fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Maintenance of enrollment eligibility through satisfactory academic performance, professional development and behavior.
  2. Successful completion of all required courses and program requirements or approved equivalents in a student’s EdD program path with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all required coursework.
  3. Successful completion of minimum graduation requirements as officially communicated to students through the university catalog, student publications, and other official documents of the university.
  4. Freedom from all indebtedness and other obligations to the university.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Master of Science Learning Outcomes:
During the first 90 credits, your courses will focus on the following program learning outcomes.

  • Students will create a professional identity based on the philosophies, history, and roles of the clinical mental health counseling profession.
  • Students will apply ethical and legal standards to clinical mental health counseling practices.
  • Students will develop culturally responsive counseling strategies based on their professional evaluation of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends of a multicultural society.
  • Students will apply effective advocacy strategies to enhance clinical mental health services.
  • Student will synthesize theories of human growth and development to create differentiated counseling interventions that promote resilience, optimum development, and wellness across the lifespan.
  • Students will create a career development plan to assess and develop client skills appropriate to their work, relationships, and wellbeing.
  • Students will integrate theories and best practices related to trauma-informed and community-based strategies to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
  • Students will develop culturally responsive treatment and/or intervention plans with measurable outcomes for clients.
  • Students will apply theoretical foundations, group processes, and developmental dynamics, and therapeutic factors to effectively lead group counseling.
  • Students will implement evidence-based assessment techniques appropriate for mental health counseling professionals to diagnose developmental, behavioral, and mental health disorders in diverse clients.
  • Students will assess mental health counseling research to inform clinical practice.

Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes:
During the remainder of your doctoral program, you courses will focus on the following program learning outcomes.

  • Describe major concepts and current trends in research pertaining to the mental health counseling and sport psychology.
  • Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues involved with counseling practice and consulting in sport psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in sport and performance contexts that will lead to improved performance and satisfaction.
  • Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science, counseling and sport psychology practice.
  • Recognize and integrate a variety of techniques available to improve health, enhance performance, and improve overall wellness.


AASP Knowledge Competency

8 AASP Knowledge Competency Areas:

  • K1 – Professional Ethics and Standards
  • K2 – Sport Psychology
  • K3 – Sport Science
  • K4 – Psychopathology
  • K5 – Helping Relationships
  • K6 – Research Methods and Statistics
  • K7 – Psychological Foundations of Behavior
  • K8 – Diversity and Culture


You can buy your textbooks online. Find the SPP textbook list here.


The UWS catalog houses the curriculum, course descriptions, curriculum sequence and other helpful information about the program. View the current catalog.

Program Planners

Find your EdD-SPP, CMHC planner here.

Is counseling your calling?

Watch this video with Dr. Michelle Rose, CMHC director, to find out how the EdD-SPP, CMHC program can help you reach your goals.