THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG
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10.7 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY, RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, AND COUNSELING (BCE, BEP, BER, BSP)
Department Head: Associate Professor Aaron Kuntz, Office: 306C Carmichael Hall

COUNSELOR EDUCATION
(School Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Professor Joy Burnham, Counselor Education, Office: 315C Graves Hall

Three study options in the Counselor Education Program lead to the MA and provide the professional preparation necessary for work in schools, colleges, rehabilitation, agency, and clinical mental health settings. The PhD degree is also offered in Counselor Education. Certification programs for school counselors are available at the Class A and Class AA levels. Courses used to qualify for a lower-level supporting certificate may not be used again in a higher-level certification program.

Because of the necessarily heavy emphasis at the entry level upon practicum and internship experiences, the MA programs in School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling require a minimum of 48 semester hours of study. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours. No thesis is required in any of the MA programs.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has conferred accreditation on the following: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA), School Counseling (MA), and Counselor Education (PhD). The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), also recognized by CHEA, has conferred accreditation for Rehabilitation Counseling (MA).

Cohort admission decisions are made annually. Admission and degree requirements specific to the program and in addition to those of the Graduate School, College, and department include the following:

Admission for Master's Degrees

Admission to pursue a master's degree in any track within the program in Counselor Education is based upon success in admission for graduate study with the Graduate School. No additional program requirements are expected beyond these minimum standards.

Admission for Doctoral Degrees

Admission to pursue a doctoral degree in Counselor Education is a two-step procedure.  Unconditional admission by the Graduate School is the initial step for those seeking the doctoral degree. Within this step, students are engaged in post-master's study and are subject to scrutiny and review by program faculty for their suitability for doctoral study. An applicant for doctoral study must (a) possess a completed master's degree in Counselor Education; (b) when necessary, complete supplemental master's-equivalency courses to comply with the CACREP-accredited course of study for the master's degree; and (c) successfully complete a pre-admission doctoral interview for formal pursuit of the doctoral degree in Counselor Education. Course credit in post-master's study may be used to fulfill doctoral degree requirements only after supplemental master's-equivalency study is completed and a successful interview is conducted.

Additional information is in the Admission Criteria and the College of Education (General Admission) sections of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are noted on the official Plan of Study for the various degrees/tracks. These documents are available from the chairperson or administrative staff for the department.

All doctoral students must have a completed Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School no later than the semester during which the student will complete 30 semester hours of UA and/or transfer credit for the doctoral degree.  Otherwise, a "hold" may be placed on future registrations.   

If later there are changes in the Plan of Study, the student submits an amended plan of study to the Graduate School at the time the student applies for admission to candidacy for the degree. Admission to Candidacy forms are on the Graduate School's website.

A department-approved Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree is submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible after passing the comprehensive (preliminary) examination.  See the online Graduate Catalog (Sec. 4.9.3) for details on plan of study, admission to candidacy, and all other degree requirements.

 

Alternative Doctoral Residency in Counselor Education

The required doctoral residency may be met through a combination of traditional campus classes and online classes in Counselor Education.  Students will complete a minimum of nine (9) semester hours in each of the two contiguous residency semesters/terms of their doctoral study.  No more than three (3) semester hours of online graduate course work in Counselor Education may be taken during either of the nine-hour residency semesters/terms. 

 
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Professor Stephen Thoma, Office: 310 Carmichael Hall

The University of Alabama Educational Psychology Program admits candidates to the master’s (MA), educational specialist (EdS), doctor of education (EdD) and PhD graduate degree programs. The mission of the program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and research related to learners, learning and developmental processes.  All degree programs reflect this mission and prepare students for careers as faculty members within academic settings, researchers in agencies or businesses and school practitioners.  The program invites applications from all potential students, especially those in underrepresented populations.

The MA in Educational Psychology provides an advanced introduction to the field. Students may select a thesis or nonthesis option.  There are also two MA options offered in collaboration with educational research.  These options are:  Learning and Evaluation (thesis and nonthesis options) and program evaluation (nonthesis only). In addition, the program offers a learning and assessment MA in an online format designed for practitioners interested in developing a strength in educational research as it relates to the learning process and assessment practices within educational settings. (For further information, see http://bamabydistance.ua.edu/degrees/ma-in-ed-psych-learning-and-assessment/index.php).  

The EdS degree is designed for practitioners who desire advanced training beyond the MA.  Practitioners who wish to obtain an advanced terminal degree may opt for the EdD.

The PhD is an advanced research degree and is designed specifically for students interested in careers within academic and research settings. PhD students may choose specializations in: (a) learning and motivation, (b) human development, or (c) educational neuroscience.  The human development specialization is offered in collaboration with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Statement of purpose and letters of recommendation consistent with goals of the program, scores above the 50th percentile on the GRE or MAT, and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are needed for unconditional admission. Conditional admission will be granted in some circumstances. Prospective students are encouraged to complete their applications by January 15 for admission the following fall.  

Additional information is in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Masters degrees require 30–33 graduate credit hours. EdS degrees require 30–33 hours beyond the master's. Doctoral degrees require 72 or more hours beyond the master's.

Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

 
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Associate Professor Aaron Kuntz, Office: 306C Carmichael Hall

The primary mission of the Educational Research Program is to offer a quality graduate program that prepares scholars to critically engage with educational research and evaluation, develop appropriate and innovative research designs, and contribute conceptually sound analyses to the overlapping fields of education, the social sciences, and the health sciences.

The program in educational research offers the PhD in educational research and post-Masters certificate in qualitative or quantitative research. There is an EdS offered in conjunction with Educational Psychology. There are also two MA options offered in collaboration with educational psychology.  These options are:  Learning and Evaluation (thesis and nonthesis options) and program evaluation (nonthesis only). The degrees require coursework in educational statistics, assessment/measurement, program evaluation, and qualitative research. A student may choose to specialize in educational statistics, program evaluation, assessment/measurement, research methodology, or qualitative research at the PhD level. Field experiences are required as part of the program.

 

Admission for Educational Specialist Degree, EdS

Admission to pursue an educational specialist degree in educational psychology (Educational Research emphasis) is based upon success in admission for graduate study with the Graduate School as well as the following: completion of a master's degree in the behavioral sciences, education, math, or statistics.  

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research
The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research is a 15-credit course sequence that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application, and field-based experience. Students who complete the certificate will have developed the methodological expertise and background necessary to be recognized as an emerging scholar in the field of qualitative inquiry. Though this certificate is housed in the College of Education, students from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Course Requirements:
BER 632 Qualitative Research II
BER 633 Qualitative Research III
BER 630 Case Study
BER 687 Field Experience
BER 695 Special Topics
Total Hours: 15

How to Apply:
1) Apply through the Graduate School’s On-line Application Center.
2) Select the Qualitative Research Certificate Program when applying
Application Materials include:
1) Statement of Purpose focusing on the student’s goals in pursuing a Qualitative Research certificate;
2) Writing Sample submitted directly to the department for faculty consideration
General Requirements:
• Students must have a Masters degree in education (or a related field) and be accepted to the Qualitative Research non-degree certificate program by the Graduate School and departmental faculty.
• Applications will consist of evidence of having a Masters degree, a statement of purpose, and writing sample.
• Minimum Required Hours: 15.
• Certificate completion will be monitored by certificate program administrators.
 

Certificate Completion Requirements:
1) All courses listed above
2) Capstone Presentation

Time Limit: 6 Years.
You may contact Dr. Aaron Kuntz (akuntz@bamaed.ua.edu) or Dr. Kelly Guyotte (kguyotte@bamaed.ua.edu) for more information.


Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Educational Research

The Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Educational Research places an emphasis on acquiring the skills necessary to not only complete statistical calculations, but to know how and when to apply and use appropriate calculations. This 15 credit-hour certificate prepares students from various disciplines to conduct research that documents the effects of educational programs and school outcomes. The courses required for this certificate are advanced educational research/statistics courses and provide those completing the certificate with significant and valuable knowledge and skills beyond what is required for typical degree requirements.

Course Requirements:
• Either BER 641 Multivariate quantitative methods or BER 642 advanced Regression Methods
• BER 645 Advanced Experimental Design
• BER 658 Advanced Measurement
Choose two of the following:
• BER 603 Survey Research in Education
• BER 646 Structural Equation Modeling
• BER 660 Evaluation I: Evaluation Theory and Practice
• BER 695 Special Topics-Quantitative Methods
Total Hours: 15

How to Apply:
1) Apply through the Graduate School’s On-line Application Center.
2) Select the Quantitative Educational Research Certificate Program when applying.
Application Materials include:
1) Statement of Purpose focusing on the student’s goals in pursuing a Quantitative Research certificate;
2) Evidence of prerequisite research/statistics courses comparable to BER 640 Quantitative Research II, must have achieved a grade of B or better in prerequisite research courses.
General Requirements:
• Students must have a Masters degree in education (or a related field) and be accepted to the Quantitative Research non-degree certificate program by the Graduate School and departmental faculty.
• Applications will consist of evidence of having a Masters degree, a statement of purpose, and evidence of prerequisite courses.
• Minimum Required Hours: 15.
• Certificate completion will be monitored by certificate program administrators.

Certificate Completion Requirements:
1) All courses listed above

Time Limit: 6 Years.

You may contact Dr. Jamie Mills about enrolling in this certificate: jmills@bamaed.ua.edu
 

Admission for doctoral degree, PhD

The doctoral program in Educational Research requires a Master’s degree for doctoral admission. Completion of a master's degree in: the behavioral sciences, education, math, or statistics is recommended. 

Additional information is in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.

Degree requirements for the doctoral degree, PhD

Degree requirements are available from the program coordinator or administrative staff for the department.  Degree requirements are noted on the official Plan of Study for the various degrees/tracks. These documents are available from the chairperson or administrative staff for the department.

All doctoral students must have a completed Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School no later than the semester during which the student will complete 30 semester hours of UA and/or transfer credit for the doctoral degree.  Otherwise, a "hold" may be place on future registrations. 

A department-approved Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree is submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible after passing the comprehensive (preliminary) examination.  Additional information concerning Plan of Study, admission to candidacy and all other requirements including those for the EdS is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

 
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
Professor Patti Harrison, Office: 306 Carmichael Hall

The School Psychology Program is designed to provide exemplary graduate training in research, application, and practice related to learning, development, and mental health of children and youth, as well as their families, educators, and other professionals who work with them. The program also serves graduate students and faculty throughout the College of Education and other colleges by providing coursework, consultation, and doctoral minors. The EdS and PhD degrees in the School Psychology Program hold full approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists and national recognition by NCATE.

The “traditional, on-campus” EdS and PhD degrees in the School Psychology Program hold full approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and national recognition by NCATE. Applicants with undergraduate or previous graduate degree in psychology, education, or related fields are eligible for admission to the traditional, on-campus School Psychology program.

A hybrid program (blending online classes with intensive campus weekends) is offered through the UA College of Continuing Studies: http://bamabydistance.ua.edu/degrees/eds-in-ed-psych-school-psychology. The hybrid program does NOT hold NASP approval. Currently, only applicants who hold an educator certificate in psychometry from a state department of education will be considered for the hybrid program.

Requirements for certification and licensure in school psychology vary from state to state. Students are expected to determine the requirements in the state or states in which they are interestedin practicing before beginning the program. The degrees from the School Psychology program may lead to state and national credentials:

 

·         Students who obtain the EdS and PhD degrees in the School Psychology program are eligible for the National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP), following successful completion of the national school psychologist Praxis II examination and internship. The NCSP is used by over 30 states, including Alabama, as one possible route to grant state certification in school psychology. Requirements for certification by the Alabama Department of Education are found at http://www.alsde.edu/sec/tc/Lists/Publications/AllItems.aspx?url=1.

·         EdS and PhD degree graduates of the School Psychology program who obtain the NCSP may meet requirements for the Alabama AA certificate in Pschool Psychology using the Nationally Certified School Psychologist Approach described at http://www.alsde.edu/sec/tc/Nationally%20Certified%20School%20Psychologist%20Approach/Forms/AllItems.aspx.

·         The Alabama State-approved Program Approach also may be used by graduates of the School Psychology program, if the prerequisites are met. Graduates who obtain the MA degree in Educational Psychology-School Psychometry may be eligible for Alabama Class A certification in School Psychometry IF the following prerequisites are met: (a) baccalaureate-level certification in a teaching field, (b) two years of acceptable educational experience, and (c) a passing score on comprehensive exams. Graduates who obtain the EdS in Educational Psychology-School Psychology and the PhD degrees in School Psychology may be eligible for the Alabama State-approved Program Approach for the Alabama Class AA certification in School Psychology if the following prerequisites are met: (a) baccalaureate-level certification in a teaching field, (b) prior certification as a school psychometrist, (c) two years of acceptable educational experience, and (d) a passing score on the state content assessment.

 

Requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Master’s, Professional Certification, EdS, Doctoral) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.  For specific program requirements visit the College of Education Programs web site or for a student handbook and additional information, email or call: Chairperson, School Psychology, The University of Alabama, College of Education, Box 870231, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231; phone (205) 348-7575; fax (205) 348-0683; program office, 306 Carmichael Hall, email: pharriso@bamaed.ua.edu.


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