The primary mission of the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling is to offer quality graduate programs to an interdisciplinary array of students. The department offers MA and PhD degrees in counselor education, a PhD in educational research, a PhD in school psychology, the MA in educational psychology, the MA in educational psychology with an emphasis in school psychometry, the EdS in educational psychology, the EdS in educational psychology with an emphasis in school psychology or educational research and the PhD in educational psychology. Beyond these formal degrees, the department offers graduate certificate programs in qualitative and quantitative research.
- Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counselor Option (MA)
- Counselor Education: Rehabilitation Counseling Option (MA)
- Counselor Education: School Counseling Option (MA)
- Counselor Education (EdS)
- Counselor Education (PhD)
- Educational Psychology (MA)
- Educational Psychology (EdS)
- Educational Psychology (PhD)
- Educational Psychology-School Psychometry, MA
- Educational Psychology-School Psychology, EdS
- Educational Research (PhD)
- School Psychology (PhD)
- Research Methodology (EdS)
- Qualitative Research (Graduate Certificate)
- Quantitative Educational Research (Graduate Certificate)
Department Head and Professor
- Aaron Kuntz
- Joy Burnham
- Rick Houser
- Randall Schumacker
- Stephen I. Thoma
- Jamie D. Mills
- Sara Elizabeth Tomek
- Youn-Jeng Choi
- Ryan Cook
- Kelly Guyotte
- Hyemin Han
- Lisa Hsin
- Katie Rose King
- Michael Lawson
- Wei Li
- Junfei Lu
- Wenchao Ma
- Audrey Lustig Michal
- Laura M. Morett
- George Mugoya
- Stephanie Shelton
- Firat Soylu
- Stefanie Wind
- Judy Giesen
Clinical associate professors
- Ann Godfrey
- Stacy Hughey-Surman
Clinical assistant professors
- Melinda Adkins
- Heather Britnell
- Millie Dawson-Hardy
- Anthony Derriso
- Corrie Harris
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.
Introduction to counseling, counseling theories, and the counseling relationship; and an overview of the counseling process. Offered fall and spring semesters.
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.
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.
Laboratory training in attending, listening, and influencing skills. Supervised experience in counseling. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Supervised practice in counseling. Offered fall and spring semesters.
This course is designed to expose students to the fundamental principals of being a professional counselor. This course will help students to be familiar with assumptions, theories, strategies, applications, ethical, and legal considerations related to the development of counseling.
Seminar and fieldwork designed to acquaint the student with the functions and roles of the counselor in various community and agency settings. Offered fall semester.
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.
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.
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.
Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters/terms.
Advanced study and discussion of a variety of agency-specific issues and topics. Offered spring semester.
This course is designed to offer students a range of counseling-focused 500-level special topic classes.
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.
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.
General knowledge of chronic illness and disability is important for rehabilitation counselors, allied health professionals, and other human services workers who work in settings involved with serving persons with disabilities. This course will explore the personal, psychosocial, and vocational impact of chronic illness and disability. The course provides an overview of various body systems, the etiology and pathology of diseases, injuries, and disabilities that can affect the body systems, the prognosis, psychosocial and vocational implications of these conditions. Also examined will be the various models of conceptualizing disability and assistive technology.
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.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and necessary skills to complete case management and vocational rehabilitation placement services. Course content includes competencies of case management; intake interviews; medical and psychological evaluation and life care planning.
Supervised practice in rehabilitation counseling. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.
Supervised field experience in a rehabilitation setting. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.
A study of medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitation considerations surrounding cognitive disabilities arising from brain trauma, mental illness, and addictions. Offered spring semester.
This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues unique to counseling and other helping professions. Offered even-numbered fall semesters.
The primary goals for this course are to deepen students' understanding of substance use disorders, facilitate the development of addiction counseling competencies associated with positive treatment outcomes and increase students' level of confidence in identification of substance abuse issues.
Supervised field experiences in counseling to supplement accredited, advanced-level internships. Offered annually.
Supervised practice in counseling for advanced majors. Offered alternate spring semester.
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.
Supervision of practicum students within a structured pedagogical course. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
A course that identifies sexual issues and dysfunctions and examines counseling strategies, treatment planning and interventions. Offered even-numbered fall semesters.
Independent study under faculty direction. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.
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. Offered alternate spring semesters.
Seminars focusing on contemporary counseling issues and topics. Varied offerings.
This course is designed for advanced counseling students who study teaching and scholarship in Counselor Education.
The course is designed for advanced counseling students who study leadership and advocacy in Counselor Education.
Examination of theoretical and applied elements of systemic intervention with troubled families. Offered spring semester.
Examination of theoretical and applied elements of intervention with distressed couples. Offered fall semester.
Examination of theoretical and applied elements of intervention with discordant relationships between adults and children. Offered summer terms only.
Lecture/laboratory experience focusing on an overview of play therapy, including history, theories, beginning skills, and practicum experience. Variable offerings.
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.
Directed research not related to dissertation research. Variable offerings.
Student research for writing dissertation.
Principles of educational psychology for teaching and for educational services in schools and colleges.
This course presents an introduction to doctoral studies in Educational Psychology at The University of Alabama.
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.
Provides a foundation in the learning sciences and cognitive research with a particular focus on educational settings.
A study of principles and concepts of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development from conception through death.
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.
Examines the major theories of personality and social-emotional factors as they impact on the learning process and educational practice.
A survey of main issues and topics in educational and cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, and learning sciences. The course is open to all graduate students from any program.
Research conducted by student.
Research conducted by student for thesis.
Thorough exploration of current problem areas in education and the impact and perspectives of educational psychology.
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.
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.
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.
Theories and research on adolescent psychology. Examination of physical, cognitive and personality/social development within the context of the family, schools and peer relations.
Exploration into processes of human motivation and emotion with a focus on educational settings.
Focuses on research methods and trends in educational neuroscience. Seminar format with some data analysis activities. Topics are grouped under three themes: research trends, methods (e.g., MRI, EEG), and neuroscience theory (e.g., connectivity).
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.
Critical study of current issues in educational psychology.
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).
Participation in a research project relating to educational psychology.
Research by student for dissertation.
An overview of research methodology, primarily for master's students. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
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.
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. Offered fall and spring semesters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 students' research interests and are geared toward scholarly publication. Offered all semesters.
This course serves as an introduction to narrative inquiry and analysis in qualitative research. Topics covered include: theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of narrative inquiry, ethics and reflexivity in narrative inquiry, analytic methods in narrative inquiry, narrative interviewing, and (re)presenting narrative work.
This course examines the implications of the materialist turn in qualitative inquiry, challenging students to think beyond linguistically-oriented forms of research (those based solely on words)to consider intersections with relationally-informed conceptions of materialism. Students will learn the theoretical bases for materialism and design a qualitative study informed from this perspective.
This course serves as an introduction to qualitative interviewing in human subjects research. Topics covered include: 1)Types of qualitative interviews (e.g. phenomenological ethnographic, feminist, and focus group interviews); 2)The ways that theoretical frameworks have historically shaped interviewing and the ways that theories inform students' interviewing approaches; 3)The ethical concerns of conducting different forms of interviews with different populations.
This course consists both the historical and current landscape of arts-based research and its place in/against the field of qualitative research. Further, it engages students in readings that span the breadth of arts-based research practices, while cultivating opportunities for students to become arts-based research practitioners.
The primary emphasis of this course focuses on the relationships between single dependent variable and one or two independent variables. Although more complex models can be considered (i.e. more than two independent variables) generalizations for the models discussed in this case can be applied to multiple-variable scenario. Topics covered include: one-way ANOVA, two-way ANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA and multiple regression.
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.
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 appications are covered for the several glm models.
Advanced statistical methods in Experimental Design, including specialty ANOVA designs and designing of experimental studies. Topics include Factorial ANOVA, Randomized Block Designs, Nested Designs, Random and Mixed Effects ANOVA, Repeated Measures ANOVA, and Incomplete Block Designs.
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.
Concepts and techniques for evaluating education programs, projects, materials, curriculum, and personnel. Field work and computer analyses required. Offered fall semester.
This course will introduce students to the six principles of Improvement Science and related, "engaged research" methodologies (e.g. Design-Based Implementation Research, Developmental Evaluation). It will provide an opportunity to apply these principals to a problem of practice in schools and/or health and human service agencies. Students will learn to assess systems-level problems and barriers through Causal Systems Analysis, develop complex theories of action through diagrams, and design and implement Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycles.
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 mexed methods research.
This course provides students with the opportunity to assist with teaching a research methods course. Working closely with an Educational Research faculty member, students will gain experience in designing curriculum, implementing thoughtful pedagogical practices, as well as insight into the affordances and challenges that accompany teaching various research-related topics.
Faculty-supervised participation in research and other educational projects. Work is related to advisor's research interests. Field work required. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
Practicum is a student-initiated research project done with faculty supervision. Field work is required. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
Offered fall and spring semesters and in summer school.
This special topics course will be focused on selected current advanced statistical and/or research methods in Educational Research.
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The history, role, and ethical and legal issues of school psychology are studied. The school psychologist's role in team decision making is emphasized.
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.
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.
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.
The student performs the duties of a school psychometrist in a school system, under supervision.
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.
Study of consultation with teachers, administrators, parents, and various community agencies, emphasizing behavioral, ecological, mental health and organizational models and use of data-based decision making to plan and implement appropriate interventions for children with social and behavioral challenges and disabilities.
Advanced study of assessment and remediation of academic skills problems for children with learning challenges and disabilities, instructional and academic consultation, aptitude-treatment interaction, study-skills training, self-regulation and monitoring, peer-influenced academic interventions, prevention, and other interventions to meet the needs of all students in inclusive settings.
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.
Covers topics of current interest to school psychologists.
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.
The student performs the activities of a school psychologist in an educational or other agency, under supervision.
The student performs the duties of a school psychologist in an educational agency, under supervision.
Participation in cooperative faculty/student research on some aspect of school psychology.
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).
Supervised field experiences for doctoral students in conducting school psychology assessment, consultation, and intervention with children, parents, teachers, and administrators in public schools or other agencies.
Participation in a research project relating to school psychology.
Research for student's dissertation.