Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling (BCE, BEP, BER, BSP)

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 EdD/PhD in educational psychology.  Beyond these formal degrees, the department offers graduate certificate programs in qualitative and quantitative research.

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Faculty

Department Head and Professor
  • Aaron Kuntz
Professors
  • Joy Burnham
  • Rick Houser
  • Randall Schumacker
  • Stephen I. Thoma
Associate professors
  • Jamie D. Mills
  • Sara Elizabeth Tomek
Assistant professors
  • Youn-Jeng Choi
  • Ryan Cook
  • Kelly Guyotte
  • Hyemin Han
  • Lisa Hsin
  • Katie Rose King
  • Wei Li
  • Junfei Lu
  • Wenchao Ma
  • Audrey Lustig Michal
  • Laura M. Morett
  • George Mugoya
  • Stephanie Shelton
  • Firat Soylu
  • Stefanie Wind
Clinical professor
  • Judy Giesen
Clinical associate professors
  • Ann Godfrey
  • Stacy Hughey-Surman
  • Annie Smith
Clinical assistant professors
  • Heather Britnell
  • Corrie Harris
  • Michael Lawson

Courses

Counselor Education

BCE
511
Hours
3
Principles Of Guidance

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
Hours
3
Counseling Theory Proc

Introduction to counseling, counseling theories, and the counseling relationship; and an overview of the counseling process. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE
513
Hours
3
Career Development

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
Hours
3
Counseling Skills

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
Hours
3
Practicum Counseling I

Laboratory training in attending, listening, and influencing skills. Supervised experience in counseling. Offered fall and spring semesters.

BCE
516
Hours
3
Practicum Counseling II

Supervised practice in counseling. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 515
BCE
518
Hours
3
Intro to Clin. Ment. Hlth Cnsl

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.

BCE
521
Hours
3
Group Proced Coun Educ

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
Hours
3
Indiv & Group Appraisal

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
Hours
3
Prog Development & Mgt

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.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 511
BCE
525
Hours
3,6
Intern Sch Clint Ment Hea Cou

Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters/terms.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 515
BCE
528
Hours
3
Adv Sem. Clin. Ment. Hlth Cnsl

Advanced study and discussion of a variety of agency-specific issues and topics. Offered spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 518
BCE
533
Hours
1-3
Special Topics

This course is designed to offer students a range of counseling-focused 500-level special topic classes.

BCE
540
Hours
3
Orientation to Rehabilitation Counseling

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
Hours
3-6
Prin Pract Rehabilitatn Counsl

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
Hours
3
Medical and Psychosocial Aspects Disabilities

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.

BCE
543
Hours
3
Psychosoc Cult Aspects Disabl

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
Hours
3
Case Management, Vocational Rehabilitation, & Placement

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.

BCE
546
Hours
3-6
Pract Rehab Counseling

Supervised practice in rehabilitation counseling. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 514
BCE
547
Hours
3,6
Intern Rehab Counseling

Supervised field experience in a rehabilitation setting. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 546
BCE
548
Hours
3
Medical Aspects Disabil II

A study of medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitation considerations surrounding cognitive disabilities arising from brain trauma, mental illness, and addictions. Offered spring semester.

BCE
611
Hours
3
Multicult. Approach Counseling

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

BCE
615
Hours
3
Field Exper Counselor Ed

Supervised field experiences in counseling to supplement accredited, advanced-level internships. Offered annually.

BCE
616
Hours
3-6
Advanced Practicum In Counseling

Supervised practice in counseling for advanced majors. Offered alternate spring semester.

BCE
617
Hours
3
Internship In Group

Supervised practice in group guidance techniques with clients in a variety of settings. Offered alternate fall semesters.

BCE
618
Hours
3
Adv Theory Counseling

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
Hours
3-6
Supervisn Of Counseling

Supervision of practicum students within a structured pedagogical course. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

BCE
620
Hours
3
Human Sexuality Counseling

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

BCE
625
Hours
6,12
Advanced Internship

Supervised field experiences in counseling and counselor education for advanced students. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

Prerequisite(s): BCE 615 or BCE 616 or BCE 617
BCE
626
Hours
3
Readings

Independent study under faculty direction. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters/terms.

BCE
631
Hours
3
Consul Adm & Ldrs in Counselng

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.

BCE
633
Hours
3
Advanced Seminar

Seminars focusing on contemporary counseling issues and topics. Varied offerings.

BCE
650
Hours
3
Couns Stratg Fam Relatns

Examination of theoretical and applied elements of systemic intervention with troubled families. Offered spring semester.

BCE
651
Hours
3
Counslng Strategy Couple Relat

Examination of theoretical and applied elements of intervention with distressed couples. Offered fall semester.

BCE
652
Hours
3
Couns Stratg Adult-Child

Examination of theoretical and applied elements of intervention with discordant relationships between adults and children. Offered summer terms only.

BCE
653
Hours
3
Intro Play Therapy

Lecture/laboratory experience focusing on an overview of play therapy, including history, theories, beginning skills, and practicum experience. Variable offerings.

BCE
654
Hours
3
Advanced Play Therapy

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
Hours
3-6
Non-Dissertn Research

Directed research not related to dissertation research. Variable offerings.

BCE
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

Student research for writing dissertation.

Educational Psychology

BEP
500
Hours
3
Adv Educational Psych

Principles of educational psychology for teaching and for educational services in schools and colleges.

BEP
501
Hours
1
Proseminar in Educational Psychology

This course presents an introduction to doctoral studies in Educational Psychology at The University of Alabama.

BEP
505
Hours
3
Motivation and Self-Regulation

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
Hours
3
Foundations of Learning and Cognition

Provides a foundation in the learning sciences and cognitive research with a particular focus on educational settings.

BEP
550
Hours
3
Life Span Development

A study of principles and concepts of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development from conception through death.

BEP
561
Hours
3
Social Cult Basis Behavr

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
Hours
3
Personality & Social Dev

Examines the major theories of personality and social-emotional factors as they impact on the learning process and educational practice.

BEP
570
Hours
3
Foundations of Educational Neuroscience

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.

BEP
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

Research conducted by student.

BEP
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

Research conducted by student for thesis.

BEP
600
Hours
3
Contemp Educ Psych Prob

Thorough exploration of current problem areas in education and the impact and perspectives of educational psychology.

BEP
601
Hours
3
Family, School, and Community Relationships

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
Hours
3
Authentic Sch Learn Tchg

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
Hours
3
The Psychology of Morality

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
Hours
3
Adolescent Psychology

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
665
Hours
3
Motivation/Emotion Education

Exploration into processes of human motivation and emotion with a focus on educational settings.

BEP
670
Hours
3
Research Methods and Trends in Educational Neuroscience

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).

Prerequisite(s): BEP 570
BEP
672
Hours
3-12
Teaching Ed Psych Coll

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
Hours
3
Research/Ethics Seminar

Critical study of current issues in educational psychology.

BEP
690
Hours
1-6
Readings In Educ Psych

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
Hours
3-12
Non-Dissertatn Research

Participation in a research project relating to educational psychology.

BEP
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

Research by student for dissertation.

Educational Research

BER
500
Hours
3
Intro Educatn Research

An overview of research methodology, primarily for master's students. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

BER
540
Hours
3
Statistical Methods In Educ

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
Hours
3
Analy Variance In Educ

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540
BER
546
Hours
3
Regression Methods In Ed

Topics include correlation, simple, and multiple regression analyses from two to multiple variables. SPSS is required. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540
BER
550
Hours
3
Eval Classroom Learning

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
Hours
3
Intro To Psychometrics

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540 or by permission of instructor
BER
600
Hours
3
Quant Research Methods

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
Hours
3
Survey Research In Educ

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540
BER
630
Hours
3
Case Study Research Methods

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
Hours
3
Inqry As Interp: Qual I

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
Hours
3
Reflect Resist: Qual II

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 631 or BER 630
BER
633
Hours
3
Ethics & Aesthc:Qual III

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 631 and BER 632
BER
634
Hours
3
Narrative Inquiry

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 631 or equivalent
BER
640
Hours
3
Quantitative II: Statistical Methods in Education II

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540 or equivalent. DELETE BER 545 and BER 546 as prerequisities.
BER
641
Hours
3
Multivariate Statistics

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 640
BER
642
Hours
3
Advanced Regression 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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 640
BER
645
Hours
3
Advanced Experimental Design

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 640
BER
646
Hours
3
Structural Equation Modl

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 641 or BER 642
BER
658
Hours
3
Psychometric Theory Prac

Major topics include true score reliability, validity, classical theory, generalizability theory, contemporary theory: item response theory. Computer applications required. Offered spring of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540 and BER 558
BER
660
Hours
3
Eval I:Theory & Practice

Concepts and techniques for evaluating education programs, projects, materials, curriculum, and personnel. Field work and computer analyses required. Offered fall semester.

BER
665
Hours
3
Mixed Methods Research Design

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.

Prerequisite(s): BER 540 and BER 631
BER
687
Hours
3-6
Field Work Educ Research

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.

Prerequisite(s): By permission of instructor only.
BER
689
Hours
3-6
Practicum Educ Research

Practicum is a student-initiated research project done with faculty supervision. Field work is required. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

BER
690
Hours
1-3
Readings In Educ Res

Offered fall and spring semesters and in summer school.

BER
695
Hours
3
Spec Top in Ed Research

This special topics course will be focused on selected current advanced statistical and/or research methods in Educational Research.

Prerequisite(s): By permission of instructor only
BER
698
Hours
3-6
Non-Dissertat Research

No description available.

BER
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.

School Psychology

BSP
500
Hours
3
Intro School Psychology

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
Hours
3
Cog Acad Assmnt Decsn Makng

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
Hours
3
Social Behav Assmnt Decisn Mak

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
Hours
3
Assessment Practicum

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
Hours
3-6
Intern School Psychomtry

The student performs the duties of a school psychometrist in a school system, under supervision.

BSP
601
Hours
3
Appl Pediatric Neurpsych

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
Hours
3
Behavioral Consultation and Interventions for School-Based Problems

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.

Prerequisite(s): BSP 500 or permission of the instructor
BSP
635
Hours
3
Academic and Instructional Consultation and Intervention

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.

Prerequisite(s): BSP 500 or permission of the instructor
BSP
660
Hours
3
Psychopathology

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
Hours
3
Research/Ethics Seminar

Covers topics of current interest to school psychologists.

BSP
686
Hours
3
Consult Interv Practicum

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
Hours
3-6
Specialist Internship

The student performs the activities of a school psychologist in an educational or other agency, under supervision.

BSP
688
Hours
3-6
Doctor Intern School Py

The student performs the duties of a school psychologist in an educational agency, under supervision.

BSP
689
Hours
3
Res Pract School Psych

Participation in cooperative faculty/student research on some aspect of school psychology.

BSP
690
Hours
1-6
Readings School Psych

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
696
Hours
1-3
Advanced Doctoral Practicum-School Psychology

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.

BSP
698
Hours
3
Non-Dissertatn Research

Participation in a research project relating to school psychology.

BSP
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

Research for student's dissertation.