Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



gatekeeping, counseling competence, online counselor education

Subject Area

Counselor Education


Counselor educators serve as gatekeepers by ensuring that only those students who meet standards of competence enter the counseling field. This qualitative study explored the gatekeeping experiences of seven counselor educators in online Master’s-level counseling programs. The resulting themes offer implications for counselor education, administration, and research.



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