UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Preliminary Examination Dates

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Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
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MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-4174

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
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Preliminary Examinations

The doctoral preliminary examination includes three components, all of which include both written and oral presentations.  The clinical case study is an in-depth reflection on a single counseling case, and serves as an exemplar of clinical competencies in the role of counselor.  The supervision case study is an in-depth reflection on a relationship with one supervisee, and serves as an exemplar of clinical competencies in the role of supervisor.  The dissertation proposal includes a literature review and method section for a proposed dissertation project, and serves as an exemplar of academic and scientific proficiency.

The Doctoral Training Committee has created a rubric for scheduling administrations of the clinical case study and the supervision case study (Preliminary Examination Parts 1 and 2).

Both Preliminary Exams will typically be administered on Monday (clinical) and Tuesday (supervision) of final exams week during the spring and fall semester, unless changed by faculty vote. The following is the exam schedule through Spring 202​3.

 

Semester Clinical Prelim Exam Supervision Prelim Exam

Spring Commencement /
Fall Graduation Date

Fall 2020 Monday, Dec 14 Tuesday, Dec 15 Sunday, Dec 13
Spring 2021 Monday, May 3 ​Tuesday, May 4 ​Friday, May 7
 Fall 2021
 Monday, Dec 20
 Tuesday, Dec 21
Sunday, Dec 19
 Spring 2022
 Monday, May 9
Tuesday, May 10
 Friday, May 13
 Fall 2022
 Monday, Dec 19
 Tuesday, Dec 20
Sunday, Dec 18
 Spring 2023
 Monday, May 8
 Tuesday, May 9
 Friday, May 12

 

Dissertation proposal meetings are scheduled on an individual basis.  At least 4 weeks before your planned proposal date, contact the department's ​Student Services Coordinator (​SSC), and complete the Dissertation Proposal Defense Request Form.  This form requires your advisor's signature, certifying his or her approval of your proposal document.  This form provides the ​SSC with the information needed to obtain your Preliminary Warrant from the Graduate School.  In addition, it provides a list of committee members and possible proposal dates, which the ​SSC will use to coordinate your proposal meeting.





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