Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology and Counseling

The department offers undergraduate courses for teacher education programs and other undergraduate majors.

Associate Professor Michael Lawson, Department Head
Office: 306C Carmichael Hall

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Programs

Associate Professor Firat Soylu, Program Coordinator
Office: 1038 Tom Barnes Education Center

The undergraduate major in Educational Neuroscience is an innovative, transdisciplinary degree that incorporates research and theory from psychology, the brain sciences, and education. During their junior and senior years, students take a lab practicum course every semester, where they work on independent research projects under faculty supervision. The degree culminates with a capstone project (senior thesis) that showcases students' research skills and emergent expertise.

Program in Counselor Education, BCE

Associate Professor George Mugoya, Program Coordinator
Office: 315A Graves Hall

The Program in Counselor Education assists undergraduate students in exploring counseling services that supplement elementary and secondary school academic programs. Undergraduates may examine the essential elements of school counseling and guidance either in preparation for employment in school settings or as a foundation for graduate study in counselor education.

Program in Educational Psychology, BEP

Associate Professor Firat Soylu, Program Coordinator
Office: 1038 Tom Barnes Education Center

Undergraduate coursework provided by the Program in Educational Psychology supports College of Education undergraduate teacher education programs and other programs across the University. The coursework is designed to provide basic knowledge and competencies related to human learning and development. The Program in Educational Psychology offers several graduate degrees, as described in The University of Alabama graduate catalog.

Program in Educational Research, BER

Associate Professor Kelly Guyotte, Program Coordinator
Office: 306E Carmichael Hall

Courses provided by the Program in Educational Research support College of Education undergraduate teacher education programs and are designed to provide basic assessment competencies for future teachers.

Program in School Psychology, BSP

Associate Professor June Preast, Program Coordinator
Office: 215B Graves Hall

The Program in School Psychology offers several graduate degrees, as described in The University of Alabama graduate catalog.

Faculty

Department Head
  • Michael Lawson
Professors
  • Joy Burnham
  • Randall Schumacker
Associate professors
  • Kelly Guyotte
  • Joni Lakin
  • Michael Lawson
  • Junfei Lu
  • George Mugoya
  • Firat Soylu
  • David Ian Walker
  • Stefanie Wind
Assistant professors
  • Eric Baltrinic
  • Daniel Cohen
  • Ryan Cook
  • Heather Fye
  • Teresa Grenawalt
  • Hyemin Han
  • Joon-Ho Lee
  • Emily Lund
  • Wenchao Ma
  • Kaiwen Man
  • Laura M. Morett
  • Macarena Suarez Pellicioni
  • June Preast
  • Stephanie Shelton
Clinical professor
  • Judy Giesen
Clinical associate professors
  • Ann Godfrey
  • Karl Hamner
  • Stacy Hughey-Surman
Clinical assistant professors
  • Heather Britnell
  • Millie Dawson-Hardy
  • Anthony Derriso
  • Kimberly Jenkins-Richardson
  • Yurou Wang

Courses

BCE
101
FCMP
Hours
2
Freshman Compass: UA

This course for first-year UA students provides an introduction to the nature of higher education and to the function, resources, and activities of The University of Alabama. This course is designed to help students make the transition to a large comprehensive research university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire basic academic survival skills. The ultimate goal of the course is to equip each student with the confidence and basic skills necessary for degree attainment.

Freshman Compass
BEP
110
Hours
3
Intro Learning Strateg Skills

Provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the importance and use of specific learning strategies. This course will also engage students in reflective decision making and critical evaluation of their learning process.

BER
345
Hours
3
Educational Statistics

Statistical methods in education; graphs, charts, frequency distributions, central tendencies, dispersion, correlation, sampling errors, estimation, and hypothesis testing.

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