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10.7.1 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY, RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, AND COUNSELING COURSES
 

Course Descriptions (BCE)

BCE 511 Principles of Guidance. Three hours.
Explores the rationale for guidance by examining human development and sociological, psychological, and philosophical bases for guidance. Provides awareness of services by surveying components of guidance programs. Offered fall semester.

BCE 512 Counseling: Theory and Process. Three hours.
Introduction to counseling, counseling theories, and the counseling relationship; and an overview of the counseling process. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE 513 Career Development. Three hours.
An introduction for counselors and teachers to career development concepts, labor force information, and other resources needed to help persons with career planning and decision making. Offered spring semester.

BCE 514 Prepracticum in Counseling. Three hours.
An experiential course involving applied elements of theoretical models and customary helping skills to orient and prepare students for their initial supervised work with counseling clients. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE 515 Practicum in Counseling I. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 514 and permission of the faculty.
Laboratory training in attending, listening, and influencing skills. Supervised experience in counseling. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE 516 Practicum in Counseling II. Three hours.
Prerequisites: BCE 515 and permission of the faculty.
Supervised practice in counseling. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE 518 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three hours.
An overview of the functions and roles of the counselor in various clinical mental health practice settings. Offered fall semester.

BCE 521 Group Procedures in Counseling and Guidance. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Background in group methods, including group guidance, group counseling, and group dynamics. One-half of class time is spent in a laboratory experience during which each student is provided an opportunity to function in a group. Offered fall and spring semesters and in summer school.


BCE 522 Individual and Group Appraisal. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 540.
An overview of measurement methods, practice in administration and interpretation of standardized tests, and evaluation of tests and testing programs for counseling and guidance. Offered spring semester and in summer school.

 

BCE 523 Program Development and Management.  Three hours.

An examination of the organization and implementation of the guidance functions of schools and the guidance responsibilities of counselors, teachers, and administrators. Offered  spring semester.

 

BCE 525 Internship in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE 528 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 518 or equivalent course
Advanced study in clinical mental health counseling. Offered spring semester.

 

BCE 533 Special Topics in Counselor Education. One to three hours.
This course is designed to offer students a range of counseling-focused 500-level special topic classes.

BCE 540 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling. Three hours.
Philosophical, social, psychological, and legislative bases of rehabilitation; the nature and scope of the rehabilitation process and the functions of the rehabilitation counselor; and study of the individual. Offered fall semester.

BCE 541 Principles and Practices of Rehabilitation Counseling. Three hours.
Prerequisite for non majors: Permission of the instructor.
Supervised experiences in selected rehabilitation and agency settings to provide an opportunity to integrate theory and practice early and to do selected independent field studies. Offered fall semester.

BCE 542 Medical, Functional, and Environmental Aspects of Disability I.
Three hours.
Orientation to the medical profession and related rehabilitation professions. Survey of body systems, their functions and malfunctions, and the most common diagnostic and treatment procedures. Implications for educational, social, and vocational development. Offered fall semester.

BCE 543 Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Disability.
Three hours.
Psychological and sociological attitudes, adjustment problems, sexuality, rehabilitation techniques, placement, family and social systems implications, programs, and facilities; emphasis on severely disabled individuals. Offered spring semester.

BCE 545 Seminar in Rehabilitation Counseling. Three hours.
Helps integrate prior course and field experiences and serves as a forum to cover evolving legislation, practices, and consumer populations. Offered fall semester.

BCE 546 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Supervised practice in rehabilitation counseling. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

BCE 547 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling. Three to twelve hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Supervised field experience in a rehabilitation setting. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

BCE 548 Medical, Functional, and Environmental Aspects of Disability II. Three hours.
A study of medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitation considerations surrounding cognitive disabilities arising from brain trauma, mental illness, and addictions. Offered spring semester.

BCE 611 Multicultural Approaches to Counseling. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Majors only or with instructor permission.

This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues unique to counseling and other helping professions. Offered even-numbered fall semesters.  

 

BCE 615 Field Experiences in Counselor Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 512, admission to specialist/doctoral study, and/or permission of the faculty; for majors only.
Supervised field experiences in counseling to supplement accredited, advanced-level internships. Offered annually.

BCE 616 Internship in Counseling. Three to nine hours.
Prerequisites: Six hours from
BCE 515, BCE 516, or BCE 546, and permission of the faculty.
Supervised practice in counseling for advanced majors. Offered alternate spring semester.

BCE 617 Internship in Group Counseling and Guidance. Three hours.
Prerequisites:
BCE 521 and permission of the faculty.
Supervised practice in group guidance techniques with clients in a variety of settings. Offered alternate fall semesters.

BCE 618 Advanced Theories of Counseling. Three hours.
Historical and current approaches to individual counseling, and the theories of personality structure and individual behavior from which these approaches are derived. Offered alternate spring semesters.

BCE 619 Internship in Supervision of Counseling. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Supervision of practicum students within a structured pedagogical course. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

 

BCE 620 Counseling and Sexuality. Three hours.

A course that identifies sexual issues and dysfunctions and examines counseling strategies, treatment planning, and interventions. Offered even-numbered fall semesters.  

BCE 625 Advanced Internship in Counselor Education. Six to twelve hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Supervised field experiences in counseling and counselor education for advanced students. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE 626 Readings in Counseling. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Independent study under faculty direction. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

BCE 631 Consultation, Administration, and Leadership in Counseling. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Advanced graduate student status or instructorís permission. For majors only.
An examination of consultation, collaboration, advocacy, administration, and leadership practices for counselors in a variety of practice settings.

BCE 633 Advanced Seminar in Counselor Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty.
Seminars focusing on contemporary counseling issues and topics. Varied offerings.

BCE 650 Counseling Strategies for Family Relationships. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 512 or permission of the instructor.
Examination of theoretical and applied elements of systemic intervention with troubled families. Offered spring semester.

BCE 651 Counseling Strategies for Couple Relationships. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 512 or permission of the instructor. Examination of theoretical and applied elements of intervention with distressed couples. Offered fall semester.

BCE 652 Counseling Strategies for Adult-Child Relationships. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 512 or permission of the instructor.
Examination of theoretical and applied elements of intervention with discordant relationships between adults and children. Offered summer terms only.

BCE 653 Introduction to Play Therapy. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 512 or permission of the instructor.
Lecture/laboratory experience focusing on an overview of play therapy, including history, theories, beginning skills, and practicum experience. Variable offerings.

BCE 654 Advanced Play Therapy. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BCE 512, BCE 653, or permission of the instructor.
Individual readings, conferences, group discussions, lecture and reports focusing on techniques/methods, applications to special settings or populations, ethics, and professional responsibilities with an extended practicum experience.

BCE 698 Nondissertation Research. Three to six hours.
Directed research not related to dissertation research. Variable offerings.

BCE 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.

 

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Course Descriptions (BEP)

BEP 500 Advanced Educational Psychology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Principles of educational psychology for teaching and for educational services in schools and colleges.

BEP 505 Development of Self-Regulation. Three hours.
Investigates the development of self-regulatory processes and the match between those processes and educational practice. Transitions from home to school, elementary to secondary, and high school to college/work are considered in depth.

BEP 541 Authentic School Learning and Teaching. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate School.
Cognitive approaches to learning/teaching with focus on what constitutes authentic learning and on role of the intuitive knowledge base. Topics/themes include nature of preschool learning, sources contributing to learning, constructivism, and holistic perspectives.

BEP 550 Life-Span Development. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate School.
A study of principles and concepts of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development from conception through death.

BEP 561 Social and Cultural Basis of Behavior. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate School.
Provides fundamental knowledge regarding the methods in which social and cultural interactions and histories influence human behavior. Focuses on application of social psychology principles and multicultural issues to increase awareness and improve skills across a variety of social settings, including schools and human-service agencies.

BEP 565 Personality and Social Development. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate School.
Examines the major theories of personality and social-emotional factors as they impact on the learning process and educational practice.

BEP 598 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

BEP 599 Thesis Research. Variable credit.

BEP 600 Contemporary Educational Problems and Educational Psychology. Three hours.
Thorough exploration of current problem areas in education and the impact and perspectives of educational psychology.

 

BEP 601 Family, School, Comm Relations. Three hours.

Provide candidates with a strong foundation for understanding family, school, and community partnerships, and to build their abilities to put this knowledge into practice within their own school settings.

 

BEP 641 Authentic School Learning and Teaching. Three hours.
Cognitive approaches to learning/teaching with focus on what constitutes authentic learning. Topics/themes include nature of preschool learning, sources contributing to learning, constructivism, and holistic perspectives.

BEP 650 Psychology of Morality. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate status and a background in Educational Psychology, Psychology, or Human Development.
An overview of the psychology of morality with a particular focus on the processes leading to moral action. Specialty topics include measurement, gender, cross-cultural, and educational issues. Character education will be discussed with special attention to the empirical and theoretical background of current character education programs.

 

BEP 655 Adolescent Psychology. Three hours.

Theories and research on adolescent psychology. Examination of physical, cognitive, and personality/social development within the context of the family, schools, and peer relations.  

BEP 661 Psychological Study of Learners. Three hours.
Thorough study of intervention, remediation, and training strategies in cases of educational and learning problems. Focus on individual differences in cognitive processing, biological factors, cognitive style, intelligence, self-regulation, motivation, and psychological processes of reading, writing, math, and science.

BEP 665 Motivation and Emotion in Education. Three hours.
Exploration into processes of human motivation and emotion with a focus on educational settings.

BEP 672 Teaching Educational Psychology in College. Three to twelve hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Seminar for graduate student instructors. Students must be GTAs in educational/school psychology. Designed to help GTAs use reflective decision making and knowledge of educational psychology to teach undergraduates.

BEP 673 Doctoral Research and Ethics Seminar. One to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Critical study of current issues in educational psychology.

BEP 690 Readings in Educational Psychology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
An opportunity for the student to study intensively a topic in educational psychology, covering a sizable body of literature (the topic chosen should nevertheless be narrower than that subsumed under the name of a course).

BEP 698 Nondissertation Research. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Participation in a research project relating to educational psychology.

BEP 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.

 

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Course Descriptions (BER)

BER 500 Introduction to Educational Research. Three hours.
An overview of research methodology, primarily for master's students. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education. Three hours.
This three-hour course covers basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion. Hypothesis testing related to one-sample z-and t-test; independent and dependent samples t-test; correlation; and chi-square and simple regression are included. An introduction SPSS is required.Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

BER 545 Analysis of Variance in Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 540 or equivalent.
This is a three-hour course in which the student will learn various forms of the General Linear Model (GLM) using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) methods. One and Two-Way ANOVAs; including contrast and interaction analyses, analysis of covariance ANCOVA; Repeated Measures; and Mixed-Model design; non-parametric. SPSS is required.

BER 546 Regression Methods in Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 540 or equivalent.
Topics include correlation, simple, and multiple regression analyses from two to multiple variables. SPSS is required.

BER 550 Evaluation of Classroom Learning. Three hours.
A comprehensive contemporary approach to the development, application, and interpretation of teacher-made classroom assessments; use of text book assessments to be aligned with national and state achievement standards. Attention is given to interpreting standardized norm and criterion referenced tests. Grading practices are presented especially to be aligned with No Child Left Behind Federal legislation 2001. Offered fall semester.

BER 558 Introduction to Psychometrics. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 540 or equivalent.
An introduction to classical and current theories and practices in psychometrics. Theory is presented together with exposure to many of the popular assessment procedures. Offered fall semester.

BER 600 Quantitative Research Methods in Education. Three hours.
An overview of research methods and procedures in education, primarily for doctoral students. Emphasis is given to the quantitative and qualitative methods used in writing a doctoral dissertation.

BER 603 Survey Research in Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 540.
Comprehensive introduction to using survey instruments for research purposes. Survey development, construction, validation scaling, sampling, and research methods as they apply to matching the survey to research questions are covered.

BER 630 Case Study Research Methods. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 631.
Examines the production of case studies of individual practices, discrete institutions and organizations, and state-level policies. Explores the research methods that can inform the production of case study representations of human experience, as well as the different styles of case study writing. Offered summer term.

BER 631 Inquiry as Interpretation: Qualitative I. Three hours.
Examines the history and philosophy of naturalistic studies of human experience. Concentrates on post-positivistic, phenomenological, structuralist, and post-structuralist theory and modes of analysis. Course assignments provide practice with rudimentary qualitative research skills. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

BER 632 Reflexiveness and Resistance in Research Representation: Qualitative II. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 631.
Examines the irony and ideology of naturalistic studies of human experience. Examines the epistemic limits of any method of research representation, and the political and ethical implications of those limits for researchers. Course assignments provide practice with intermediate qualitative research skills, including participant observation, field note development, and interviewing skills. Offered spring and summer semesters..

BER 633 Ethics and Aesthetics of Meaning Making: Qualitative III. Three hours.
Prerequisites:
BER 631 and BER 632.
Examines the ethics, aesthetics, and opportunities for advocacy in naturalistic studies of human experience. Explores feminist, Afrocentric, critical theoretic, artistic, and journalistic conceptions of data collection and a variety of styles and formulas for research writing. Course assignments support the development of studentsí research interests and are geared toward scholarly publication. Offered all semesters.

BER 640 Multivariate Dependence Methods. Three hours.
Prerequisites:
BER 540, BER 545, and BER 546.  
Covers the following statistical procedures: discriminant analysis, Hotelling's T2, multivariate analysis of variance (MANCOVA), Multivariate covariance (MANCOA), multivariate regression, and other dependence methods.

BER 641 Multivariate for Interdependence Methods. Three hours.
Prerequisites:
BER 540, BER 545, and BER 546.
Covers the following statistical procedures: principal component analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling, discriminate analysis, canonical correlation, and hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) and other interdependent multivariate methods.

 

BER 642 Advanced Regression Methods. Three hours.
Prerequisite: BER 640
Different multiple regression methods are presented, including an overview of ordinary least squares regression, ordinal regression, logistic and probit regression, loglinear, mixed, and regression discontinuity. Interpretation of results diagnostics and applications are covered for the several glm models.
 

BER 646 Structural Equation Modeling. Three hours.
Prerequisites:
BER 540, BER 545, and BER 546.
Includes an introduction to the basic concepts of structional equational modeling, including approaches to regression, path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and model building with dependent and independent variables. Offered spring.

 

BER 647 Statistical Theory & Simulation. Three hours. Prerequisite: BER 540.

Statistical theory and simulation of statistical distributions. Topics include factors affecting sampling distributions, sampling from different distributions, Chebyshevís theorem, Central Limit Theorem, probability distributions, statistical distributions (normal, t, chi-square, correlation, regression). Poser (sample size, Type I error, Type II error, confidence interval, effect size), Monte Carlo, meta analysis, bootstrap, and jackknife techniques. Offered summer session.  

BER 658 Psychometric Theory and Practice. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
BER 540, BER 558.
Major topics include true score reliability, validity, classical theory, generalizability theory, contemporary theory: item response theory. Computer applications required. Offered spring of odd years.

BER 660 Evaluation I: Evaluation Theory and Practice. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Concepts and techniques for evaluating education programs, projects, materials, curriculum, and personnel. Field work and computer analyses required. Offered fall semester.

BER 665 Mixed Methods Research Design. Three hours.

Prerequisites: BER 540 and BER 631.

Course participants will be provided with an overview of the history and foundations of mixed methods research, literature on emerging trends in mixed methods research, types of MM designs, types of research problems addressed by MM research, data collection and analysis strategies, and reporting and evaluating mixed methods research.

 

BER 672 Teaching Educational Research in College. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Seminar for graduate teaching assistants. Offered each semester.

BER 673 Seminar in Educational Research. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
A course designed to help majors in educational research prepare for the profession.

BER 687 Fieldwork in Educational Research. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Approval of advisor.
Faculty-supervised participation in research and other educational projects. Work is related to advisorís research interests. Field work required. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

BER 689 Practicum in Educational Research. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Approval of advisor. Practicum is a student-initiated research project done with faculty supervision. Field work is required. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

BER 690 Readings in Educational Research. Three hours.
Offered fall and spring semesters and in summer school.

 

BER 695 Special Topics in Educational Research. Three hours.

Special topics will be focused on selected current advanced statistical and/or research methods in Educational Research. Examples of special topics include courses such as: HLM (hierarchical linear modeling) or qualitative methods like digital storytelling. Offered intermittently.   

BER 698 Nondissertation Research. Variable credit.

BER 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.

 

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Course Descriptions (BSP)

BSP 500 Introduction to School Psychology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
The history, role, and ethical and legal issues of school psychology are studied. The school psychologist's role in team decision making is emphasized.

BSP 515 Cognitive and Academic Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.
Cognitive and academic assessment and psychological case report writing, focusing on standardized measures, as well as authentic and direct techniques, and treating the topics from perspectives in data based decision making and intervention for children with learning and behavior problems.

BSP 516 Social-Behavioral Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.
Study of behavioral and social-emotional assessment, emphasizing data-based decision making for children with learning and behavioral problems; using data in meaningful educational and psychological interventions is also stressed.

BSP 586 Assessment Practicum in School Psychology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Requires 150 hours of supervised experience in assessment and is conducted in public schools or other agencies. Intellectual, achievement, behavioral, and social-emotional assessment of children with learning and behavioral problems and use of assessment in team decision making are emphasized.

BSP 588 Internship in School Psychometry. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
The student performs the duties of a school psychometrist in a school system, under supervision.

BSP 601 Applied Pediatric Neuropsychology. Three hours.
Study of applied brain-behavior relationship in the areas of academics, behavior, and social/emotional skills. Various disorders, assessment techniques, interventions, and preventions will be examined and discussed.

BSP 625 Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions. Three hours.
Study of applied behavioral analysis, cognitive behavior modification, motivation techniques, aptitude-treatment interaction, social problem-solving training, study-skills training, peer-influenced academic interventions, prevention, and other interventions.

BSP 635 Consultation in Educational and Agency Settings. Three hours.
Study of consultation with teachers, administrators, parents, and various community agencies, emphasizing behavioral, ecological, mental health, and organized models and appropriate interventions to be planned with consultees.

BSP 660 Psychopathology. Three hours.
Thorough examination of the history, scope, and understanding of abnormal behavior through the life span, with emphasis on educational and clinical implications. The most recent classification system is used to structure topics and issues in the course.

BSP 673 Doctoral Research and Ethics Seminar. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Covers topics of current interest to school psychologists.

BSP 686 Consultation and Intervention Practicum in School Psychology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Requires 150 hours of supervised experience in conducting consultation and intervention (within a team-decision-making framework) with children, parents, teachers, and administrators in public schools and other agencies.

BSP 687 Specialist Internship in School Psychology. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
The student performs the activities of a school psychologist in an educational or other agency, under supervision.

BSP 688 Doctoral Internship in School Psychology. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
The student performs the duties of a school psychologist in an educational agency, under supervision.

BSP 689 Research Practicum in School Psychology. Three to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Participation in cooperative faculty/student research on some aspect of school psychology.

BSP 690 Readings in School Psychology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
An opportunity for the student to study intensively a topic in school psychology, covering a sizable body of literature (the topic chosen should nevertheless be narrower than that subsumed under the name of a course).

BSP 698 Nondissertation Research. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Participation in a research project relating to school psychology.

BSP 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum. 


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