2017-18 Academic Catalog

Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations

Department Head: Dr. David Morse
Graduate Coordinator (COE): Dr. Charles Palmer
Graduate Coordinator (EPY): Dr. Carlen Henington

508 Allen Hall
Box 9727
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-3426
E-mail:  dmorse@colled.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.cep.msstate.edu

Department Programs in Counseling

The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations offers graduate programs in clinical mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; college counseling; and school counseling.

The Master of Science degree programs in rehabilitation counseling is a planned program consisting of 48 semester hours.  The M.S. degree programs in clinical mental health counseling, college counseling, and school counseling are planned programs consisting of 60 semester hours.  An optional 60-semester hour program is available for rehabilitation counseling students.

Counseling doctoral applications are due February 1. Applications for master's and educational specialist programs are due March 1. Applications will be considered until full enrollment is attained.  Applications may be reviewed at other times for general educational psychology.  For further information, write to the Graduate Coordinator.

The department prepares students for careers as school counselors, student affairs professionals in higher education, and as counselors in rehabilitation, college counseling centers, and other mental health community agencies.  Teaching and research assistantships are available.

Counseling Program Accreditation

The M.S. programs in Counseling are Clinical Mental Health, Rehabilitation, and School and are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).    

The doctoral programs in counseling (PHCE) and in school counseling (PHSE) are also accredited CACREP. The school counseling program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Graduate study in counseling offers preparation in counseling at three degree levels.

  1. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Counselor Education with concentrations in clinical mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; student affairs; college counseling; and school counseling
  2. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with concentrations in counseling and school psychology provide advanced coursework sought by students seeking licensure or higher levels of certification
  3. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with majors in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling and Counseling/School Counseling

Admission Criteria for Counseling Programs

Applications for master's and educational specialist programs are due by March 1.  Counseling doctoral applications are due by February 1.  Applications will be considered until full enrollment is attained.  Applications may be reviewed at other times for general educational psychology.  For further information, write to the Graduate Coordinator.  

A student accepted into the M.S. degree program in counseling must hold a baccalaureate degree and a minimum GPA of 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.  Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing) taken within the past five years must be submitted.

A student accepted into the Ed.S. degree program with a concentration in counseling must hold a master’s degree in counseling or related field (as determined by program concentration), a minimum GPA of 3.30 on all graduate work, and satisfactory GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing).  

A student accepted into a Ph.D. program must hold a master’s degree from a CACREP- or CORE-accredited program in counseling or meet CACREP curriculum requirements as part of the doctoral program of study.  Satisfactory results of the Graduate record Examination (GRE) taken with the past five years must be submitted.

Applicants for all counseling degree programs must also produce all other application requirements detailed by the Graduate School (e.g., letters of recommendation, statement of purpose).

Students admitted to a counseling program must maintain continuous enrollment.  A student who is not enrolled or is inactive for one calendar year must be re-screened for readmission into the department prior to re-enrollment in the University (see the Readmission section under General Requirements for Admission in this publication).

Provisional Admission for Counseling Programs

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis. The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular admission status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C).  These graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Satisfactory Academic Performance

In addition to the requirements of Mississippi State University for graduate students, a student in any of the counseling programs is required to earn a grade of B or better in each skills course before being permitted to progress to the next course in the sequence.  These "gatekeeper" courses include: 

COE 8023Counseling Theory3
COE 8013Counseling Skills Development3
COE 8053Practicum3
COE 8150Academic School Year Field Experience Practicum1-9
COE 8730Internship6

Unsatisfactory performance in graduate-level coursework is defined as a grade of U, D, or F in any course and/or more than two grades below a B after admission to the program.  The grade of C, while not considered a failing grade, is seen as indicative of minimal academic performance.  Only two grades of C are allowed during a student's work on a degree. Unsatisfactory performance also includes failing the master’s comprehensive examination twice, failing the written doctoral preliminary/comprehensive examination twice, failing the oral doctoral preliminary/comprehensive examination twice, or failing the doctoral dissertation defense twice.  Any of these or a combination of these failures will result in termination of the student’s graduate program in counseling.

Department Programs in Educational Psychology

The department prepares students for careers as behavioral science researchers and evaluators, school psychologists, and faculty positions in behavioral science or school psychology training programs.  Teaching, service, and research assistantships are available.

Educational Psychology Program Accreditations

The school psychology program degrees (Ed.S., Ph.D.) are accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) an the American Psychological Association (APA).

There are two concentrations in Educational Psychology, general educational psychology and school psychology, with the following degree options.

  1. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree with concentrations in general educational psychology and school psychology (psychometry, a non-terminal degree)
  2. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a major in Education and concentration in school psychology.  The Ed.S. degree is the minimum requirement to work as a school psychologist
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) degree with concentrations in general educational psychology and school psychology

General Educational Psychology Concentration

The concentration in General Educational Psychology is designed to prepare an individual for employment in research, teaching, and service settings.  The four-year doctoral program involves coursework in psychological foundations, learning, motivational processes as well as research, statistics, and measurement. 

The M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in General Educational Psychology is a planned program consisting of 35 hours.

The Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in General Educational Psychology requires a minimum of 91 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Applications are due March 1 each year.  For further information, write to the Graduate Coordinator.

School Psychology/Psychometry Concentration

The School Psychology/Psychometry concentrations are based on a scientist-practitioner model with a behavioral focus.  In addition to training assessment, training is provided in consultation, academic interventions, behavior assessment, system-wide and individualized positive behavior interventions and supports, applied behavior analysis, and single-case research methodology so students in the program can identify, prevent, and remedy students’ academic, behavioral, and psychosocial problems.

M.S. in Educational Psychology with Concentration in Psychometry

The M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Psychometry is a non-terminal degree designed to begin in the fall semester and be completed in three years. The concentration in psychometry leads to AA licensure from the Mississippi Department of Education.  The degree is currently a 33-hour program with a 300-hour practicum. All students in this program must successfully complete the PRAXIS I examination en route to the degree and pass the master’s comprehensive examination. Students in the M.S. program are expected to continue education at MSU in pursuit of either the educational specialist or doctoral degree.

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with Concentration in School Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).  Students accepted into the Ph.D. program in School Psychology should either hold a master’s degree in Psychometry or obtain AA certification in Psychometry within the first three years in the program.  For students entering the program with only an undergraduate degree, the Ph.D. concentration in School Psychology is designed to be completed in five years.  A minimum of 120 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is necessary to earn a doctorate from the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.  For students entering the program with an advanced degree, the PhD. Program with a concentration in School Psychology will require a minimum of three years of formal coursework.  In addition to required coursework, doctoral students in the School Psychology concentration are required to present a minimum of one refereed presentation at a regional or national conference, submit one manuscript to a refereed journal, or seek to publish one book chapter or formal test review.  Doctoral School Psychology students must also pass three examinations including the PRAXIS II in School Psychology (i.e., students must obtain a passing score as outlined by the National Association of School Psychologists), doctoral written comprehensive exam, and doctoral oral comprehensive exam.  Also, students are required to complete a 2000-hour internship (APA-accredited preferred).

The deadline for applications to all programs (Ph.D. and Ed.S.) is January 15.  For further information, write to the Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Criteria for Educational Psychology Major

The following are admission criteria for admission to the Educational Psychology degree program (additional requirements may be required).

  1. An overall GPA on the bachelor’s degree of at least 2.75
  2. Recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores
  3. External recommendations
  4. An interview is generally required

Students admitted to the Educational Psychology graduate degree program must maintain continuous enrollment.  A student who is not enrolled or is inactive for one calendar year must be re-screened for readmission to the department prior to re-enrollment in the University.

Prerequisite Undergraduate Courses for School Psychology and Psychometry Concentrations

Students should have the following undergraduate courses before entering the concentration in either School Psychology or Psychometry:

  1. Psychological basis of behavior (e.g., Introductory Psychology)
  2. Developmental psychology (e.g., Child Development)
  3. Education, learning, or cognition (e.g., Theories of Learning)

A student who has not met these prerequisite course requirements may enroll in the program and take these undergraduate courses as he/she progresses through the degree program. As students move through the Ed.S. or Ph.D. program with a concentration in School Psychology, they are required to complete the requirements for the M.S. degree in Psychometry and obtain an AA license in Psychometry from the Mississippi State Department of Education.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis. The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular admission status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C).  These graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Satisfactory Academic Performance

A student in any of the educational or school psychology programs is required to earn a grade of B or better in core courses before he or she is permitted to progress to the next course in the sequence.  Unsatisfactory performance in graduate level coursework is defined as a grade of U, D, or F in any course and/or more than two grades below a B after admission to the program.  Unsatisfactory performance also includes failing the master’s comprehensive examination twice, failing the written preliminary/comprehensive examination twice, failing the oral doctoral preliminary/comprehensive examination twice, or failing the doctoral dissertation defense twice.  Any of these or combination of these failures will result in termination of the student’s graduate program in either the general educational psychology or school psychology concentration.

Graduate Degree Requirements

Requirements for each counseling-related major and major/concentration degree program offered by the department are listed below.

Master of Science in Counselor Education with Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Prerequisites and Core Courses
EPY 8263Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings3
COE 8013Counseling Skills Development3
COE 8023Counseling Theory3
COE 8043Group Techniques and Procedures3
COE 8053/8150Practicum (requires a 100/600-clock hour practicum)3
COE 8063Research Techniques for Counselors3
COE 8730/8740Internship (requires a 600-clock hour internship)6
Concentration Requirements
COE 6903Developmental Counseling and Mental Health3
COE 8073Cultural Foundations in Counseling3
COE 8203Placement and Career Development Counseling3
COE 8303Family Counseling Theory3
COE 8633Psychosocial Rehabilitation3
COE 8703Principles of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
COE 8773Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client3
or COE 8783 Counseling the Chemically Dependent Family
COE 8803Crisis Response in Counseling3
Approved electives12
Total Hours60

Master of Science in Counselor Education with Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration

Prerequisites and Core Courses
EPY 8263Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings3
COE 8013Counseling Skills Development3
COE 8023Counseling Theory3
COE 8043Group Techniques and Procedures3
COE 8053/8150Practicum (requires a 100/600-clock hour practicum)3
COE 8063Research Techniques for Counselors3
COE 8730/8740Internship (requires a 600-clock hour internship)6
Concentration Requirements
COE 6373Vocational Assessment of Special Needs Persons3
COE 8073Cultural Foundations in Counseling3
COE 8353Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling3
COE 8363Psychological Aspects of Disability3
COE 8373Medical Aspects of Disability3
COE 8383Job Placement in Rehabilitation3
Approved electives6
Total Hours48

Master of Science in Counselor Education with School Counseling Concentration

Prerequisites and Core Courses 142
Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings
Counseling Skills Development
Counseling Theory
Placement and Career Development Counseling
Group Techniques and Procedures
Research Techniques for Counselors
Developmental Counseling and Mental Health
Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Family Counseling Theory
Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Principles of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Field Experience:
Practicum (requires a 100/600-clock hour practicum)
Internship (requires a 600-clock hour internship)
OR
Academic School Year Field Experience Practicum
Academic Year Field Experience Semester II-Internship
Concentration Requirements9
School Counseling Services
Seminar in School Counseling
One of the following:
Counseling Children
Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
Child & Adolescent Development & Psychopathology
Approved Electives 19
Total Hours60
1

 If 45 credit hours of Prerequisite and Core Courses are taken, the student will take 6 hours of electives.

Master of Science in Counselor Education with College Counseling Concentration

Prerequisites and Core Courses
EPY 8263Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings3
COE 8013Counseling Skills Development3
COE 8023Counseling Theory3
COE 8043Group Techniques and Procedures3
COE 8053/8150Practicum (requires a 100/600-clock hour practicum)3
COE 8063Research Techniques for Counselors3
COE 8730/8740Internship (requires a 600-clock hour internship)9
Concentration Requirements
COE 8203Placement and Career Development Counseling3
COE 8073Cultural Foundations in Counseling3
COE 8303Family Counseling Theory3
COE 8633Psychosocial Rehabilitation3
HED 8523Student Development Theory3
COE 8533Literature of Student Affairs3
HED 8543Legal Issues in Student Affairs3
COE 8573College Counseling Services3
HED 8113Administration of Student Personnel Services in Higher Education3
Approved electives6
Total Hours60

Educational Specialist Requirements

In the Ed.S. degree program, all counseling students from a non-CACREP program will be required to complete all coursework that is required by MSU’s CACREP master’s program in counseling. These courses may be included in the student’s Ed.S. program of study.  Students from an academic discipline that was not counseling in nature may be required to complete the equivalent of a master’s degree as part of the Ed.S. program of study.

For additional information about the Ed.S. degree with an concentration in counseling, see the departmental handbook.

Educational Specialist in Education with Counselor Education Concentration - Thesis

EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics (or equivalent statistics course)4
COE 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology6
Other graduate-level coursework required by concentration area20
Total Hours30

Educational Specialist in Education with Counselor Education Concentration - Non-Thesis

EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics (or equivalent statistics course)4
COE 7000Directed Individual Study in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology6
Other graduate-level coursework required by concentration area20
Total Hours30

Educational Specialist in Education with School Psychology Concentration - Thesis

EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics (or equivalent statistics course)4
COE 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology6
Other graduate-level coursework required by concentration area20
Total Hours30

Educational Specialist in Education with School Psychology Concentration - Non-Thesis

EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics (or equivalent statistics course)4
COE 7000Directed Individual Study in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology6
Other graduate-level coursework required by concentration area20
Total Hours30

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling

COE 8063Research Techniques for Counselors3
EPY 8214Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EPY 9213Advanced Analysis in Educational Research3
EPY 9263Applied Research Seminar3
HED 8133Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education3
COE 9013Counseling Supervision3
COE 9023Advanced Counseling Theory3
COE 9033Advanced Seminar3
COE 9043Advanced Group Work and Systems3
COE 9053Advanced Multicultural Counseling3
COE 9083Advanced Assessment Techniques for Counseling3
COE 9000Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology20
COE 9740Advanced Doctoral Practicum (300 clock hours)3
COE 9750Internship (600 clock hours)6
Select one of the following:3
Single-Subject Research Designs for Education
Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
Historiography and Historical Method
Approved electives3-15
Total Hours81

Ph.D. students in counseling may also complete 12-18 hours in a minor area which would be considered elective hours.  For additional information about the Ph.D. degrees in counseling and in school counseling, see the departmental handbook.

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling/School Counseling

COE 8063Research Techniques for Counselors3
EPY 8214Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EPY 9213Advanced Analysis in Educational Research3
EPY 9263Applied Research Seminar3
HED 8133Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education3
COE 9013Counseling Supervision3
COE 9023Advanced Counseling Theory3
COE 9033Advanced Seminar3
COE 9043Advanced Group Work and Systems3
COE 9053Advanced Multicultural Counseling3
COE 9083Advanced Assessment Techniques for Counseling3
COE 9000Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology20
COE 9740Advanced Doctoral Practicum (300 clock hours)3
COE 9750Internship (600 clock hours)6
Select one of the following:3
Single-Subject Research Designs for Education
Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
Historiography and Historical Method
Approved electives3-15
Total Hours81

Ph.D. students in counseling may also complete 12-18 hours in a minor area  which would be considered elective hours.  For additional information about the Ph.D. degrees in counseling and in school counseling, see the departmental handbook.

Doctoral Minor in Counseling

Counseling theory course3
Cultural foundations in counseling course3
Environmental specialty course3
Counseling course3
Total Hours12

A doctoral student will meet with the intended minor professor for an interview.  The minor professor will determine specific courses to be included in the minor program of study.

Master of Science in Educational Psychology with General Educational Psychology Concentration

Major Core
EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EPY 8253Child & Adolescent Development & Psychopathology (or related elective)3
EPY 8263Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings3
Concentration Requirements
EPY 8293Cognitive and Affective Development3
EPY 8223Psychological Foundations of Education3
EDF 8363Function and Methods of Research in Education3
or PSY 8513 Psychological Research
EPY 6033Application of Learning Theories in Educational and Related Settings3
EPY 8214Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EPY 6073Personal and Motivational Factors in Education3
Related Electives or Thesis Hours6
If thesis option is chosen, student must take 6 hours of:
Thesis Research/ Thesis in Educational Psychology
If non-thesis option is chosen, student must take:
Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
and ONE course from the list below:
Creativity/Innovation
Practicum in Teaching Educational Psychology
Education Evaluation Methods
Seminar in Contemporary Educational/School Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Aging
Language and Thought
Biological Psychology (Other courses with advisor approval)
Total Hours35

Master of Science in Educational Psychology with Psychometry Concentration

EPY 6113Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions3
EPY 6123Applications of School Psychology3
EPY 6133Data-based Decision Making for Interventions in the School Setting3
EPY 8493Social-Emotional and Behavioral Assessment3
EPY 8690Supervised Experiences in School Psychology I3
EPY 8703School Psychology3
EPY 8723Individual Assessment for Educational and Related Settings3
EPY 8773Assessment and Interventions for Academic Skills Deficits3
EPY 8933Integrated Psycho-Educational Assessment3
EPY 9703Contemporary, Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School and Educational Psychology3
EPY 9713Advanced Psychological Consulting: Theory and Practice3
Total Hours33

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Psychology with General Educational Psychology Concentration

Major Core46
Educational and Psychological Statistics
Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics
Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings
Cognitive and Affective Development (or equivalent)
Psychometric Theory
Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Educational Psychology
Advanced Analysis in Educational Research
Seminar in Contemporary Educational/School Psychology
Educational Research Design
General Educational Psychology Concentration Reqirements
Choose any two courses in PSY in consultation with advisor. Some recommended courses include:6
Psychology of Aging
Language and Thought
Biological Psychology (or equivalent)
Advanced Social Psychology (or equivalent)
Developmental Psychology
Choose one Education course: EDF or EDX or EDE course in consult with advisor3
EPY 8223Psychological Foundations of Education3
EDF 8363Function and Methods of Research in Education3
or PSY 8513 Psychological Research
EDF 9453Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education3
EPY 6033Application of Learning Theories in Educational and Related Settings3
EDF 9463Qualitative Data Collection in Education3
EPY 6073Personal and Motivational Factors in Education3
EPY 8533Practicum in Teaching Educational Psychology3
EPY 9263Applied Research Seminar3
EDF 9473Qualitative Data Analysis and Presentation in Education3
Choose any two EPY courses in consult with advisor. Recommended ones include:6
Creativity/Innovation
Psychology of the Gifted
Education Evaluation Methods
Child & Adolescent Development & Psychopathology (or equivalent)
History and Systems of Psychology
Elective in consult with advisor3
Total Hours91

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Psychology with School Psychology Concentration

Major Core46
Educational and Psychological Statistics
Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics
Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings
Cognitive and Affective Development (or equivalent)
Psychometric Theory
Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Educational Psychology
Advanced Analysis in Educational Research
Seminar in Contemporary Educational/School Psychology
Educational Research Design
School Psychology Concentration Requirements
EPY 6113Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions3
EPY 6123Applications of School Psychology3
EPY 6133Data-based Decision Making for Interventions in the School Setting3
EPY 8123Assessment of Infants, Toddlers, and Special Populations3
EPY 8133Crisis Prevention and Intervention in Schools and Related Settings3
EPY 8493Social-Emotional and Behavioral Assessment3
EPY 8690Supervised Experiences in School Psychology I9
EPY 8703School Psychology3
EPY 8723Individual Assessment for Educational and Related Settings3
EPY 8763Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis3
EPY 8773Assessment and Interventions for Academic Skills Deficits3
EPY 8790Supervised Experiences in School Psychology II9
EPY 8890Supervised Experiences in School Psychology: III3
EPY 8933Integrated Psycho-Educational Assessment3
EPY 9443Single Subject Research Designs in Education3
or EDF 9443 Single-Subject Research Designs for Education
EPY 9703Contemporary, Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School and Educational Psychology3
EPY 9713Advanced Psychological Consulting: Theory and Practice3
EPY 9730Doctoral Internship in School Psychology18
COE 8073Cultural Foundations in Counseling3
EPY 8113History and Systems of Psychology3
EPY 8253Child & Adolescent Development & Psychopathology3
PSY 6403Biological Psychology (or equivalent)3
PSY 8613Advanced Social Psychology (or equivalent)3
Total Hours142

Educational Specialist Concentration in School Psychology

EPY 7000Directed Individual Study in Educational Psychology3
EPY 8763Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis3
EPY 8690Supervised Experiences in School Psychology I3
EPY 8790Supervised Experiences in School Psychology II6
EPY 8780Internship in School Psychology12
EPY 9443Single Subject Research Designs in Education3
EPY 8133Crisis Prevention and Intervention in Schools and Related Settings3
COE 8073Cultural Foundations in Counseling3
Select one of the following:3
Assessment of Infants, Toddlers, and Special Populations
Supervised Experiences in School Psychology: III
Total Hours39

The Ed.S. degree with a major in education and concentration in School Psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and requires an additional 39 hours beyond the M.S. degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Psychometry.  The Ed.S. leads to AAA educator’s licensure as a School Psychologist by the Mississippi Department of Education and qualifies students to become nationally certified school psychologists (which allows students to become certified as a school psychologist in most states).  The Ed.S. degree is designed to be completed in four years which typically requires the equivalent of one additional academic year of formal coursework beyond the M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Psychometry including additional practica and a minimum of a 1500-hour internship completed in the schools during the fourth year.  Ed.S. students are required to complete and defend an approved supervised directed independent study and pass the PRAXIS II examination in school psychology (i.e., obtain a passing score as established by the Mississippi Department of Education).

Doctoral Minor in School Psychology

Introduction to school psychology course3
Behavior and personality assessment of children and youth course3
Typical and atypical development of children and youth course3
School-based and psychological interventions for children and youth course3
Total Hours12

The doctoral student will meet with the intended minor professor for an interview and to obtain approval from the School Psychology faculty for enrolling in the School Psychology minor coursework. The minor professor will determine specific courses to be included in the minor program of study.

Students with a minor in School Psychology will be required to pass a minor examination.  The School Psychology faculty will determine the content of the written minor examination.  The minor examination is completed during a four-hour examination period.  A student who fails the minor examination cannot apply to take another examination until four months have elapsed from the date of the original examination.  Two failures of the minor examination will result in the student’s dismissal from further consideration as a student with a minor in School Psychology.

Counselor Education

COE 6013 Facilitative Skills Development: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Introduction to the theory and practice of helping with emphasis on the development of basic communication skills. Applicable to a variety of settings

COE 6023 Introduction to Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Overview of counseling as a profession including specialty areas. Theories and techniques used in counseling. This course is not for Counselor Education majors

COE 6050 Seminar for Guidance Counselors: 1-6 hours.

Three hours lecture. Hour to be arranged. A study of current issues and trends in the field of guidance

COE 6303 Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired Persons: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Special issues and procedures related to vocational rehabilitation of persons with visual impairments

COE 6313 Resources for Visually Impaired Persons: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Survey of issues, techniques, and resources for independent living, orientation and mobility, and communication of visually impaired persons

COE 6323 Sensory Aid Technology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Survey of sensory devices. Includes practice with computer assistive devices designed to enhance employment and communication skills of persons with visual impairments

COE 6353 Assistive Technology in the Rehabilitation Process: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Undergraduates: COE 3313. Graduates: COE 6393, COE 8373 or permission of the instructor). Three hours lecture. Diverse applications of technologies are reviewed for potential impact with all forms of disability. Examines various roles played by technology in total rehabilitiation process

COE 6363 Introduction to Sign Language: 3 hours.

Development of basic sign language skills, study of special needs of deaf persons, and understanding use of interpreters. (Same as EDX 4953/6953)

COE 6373 Vocational Assessment of Special Needs Persons: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. (Prerequisite: EPY 8263 or equivalent). Comprehensive vocational assessment, counseling, and individual planning for special needs persons. Job/training analysis, vocational interest/aptitude tests, work samples, and situational assessment. (Same as TKT 8653)

COE 6513 Paraprofessionals in Student Affairs: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Fundamental concepts and philosophies underlying the paraprofessional's role in college student affairs. Includes supervised and paraprofessional experience

COE 6713 Issues in Aging: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. An examination and integration of gerontological issues related to mental health of the elderly

COE 6743 Gender Issues in Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Overview of gender issues and their relationship to the counseling process

COE 6903 Developmental Counseling and Mental Health: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. One hour laboratory. Methods of identifying and meeting normal emotional and social needs of children and adults. Emphasis on maintaining better mental health conditions in schools

COE 6990 Special Topics in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

COE 7000 Directed Individual Study in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

COE 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

COE 8013 Counseling Skills Development: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 6013 and COE 8023). Three hours lecture. Theory and practice of counseling with emphasis on development of advanced skills required for assisting clients

COE 8023 Counseling Theory: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Study of the major counseling theories

COE 8043 Group Techniques and Procedures: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8013). Three hours lecture. Group counseling theory, dynamics, processes, and leadership functions

COE 8053 Practicum: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: COE 8013, 8023, and consent of department). Seminar and supervised field experience

COE 8063 Research Techniques for Counselors: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Methods of research and evaluation in counseling

COE 8073 Cultural Foundations in Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Examination of individual differences due to socialization acquired in distinct cultural and socioeconomic environments. Implications for counseling

COE 8093 Seminar in Counseling: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8123 or equivalent). Seminar in counseling trends and approaches with application to various settings and problems

COE 8143 Grief Counseling for Loss and Bereavement: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. This course is designed to provide students with understanding of grief and loss responses, and counseling approaches for working with bereaved and grieving individuals

COE 8150 Academic School Year Field Experience Practicum: 1-9 hours.

Prerequisite: COE 8043, COE 8903, and EPY 8263). First semester of the supervised academic year field experience in school counseling. (Variable credit)

COE 8163 Spirituality in Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Didactic instruction of developmental models and clinical interventions related to the interface of spirituality and counseling

COE 8173 Counseling Gifted Students: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Counseling functions that relate to the total development of gifted students. Directed Individual Study and utilization of resources necessary for optimal growth

COE 8183 Utilizing Art and Art Therapy in Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Didactic instruction of development models, theoretical approaches and practical intervention related to the interface of creative arts and counseling practice

COE 8203 Placement and Career Development Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Studies of career development and academic/job placement; occupational classification schemes; trends in the world of work; compiling and utilizing career information in counseling

COE 8293 Supervised Project: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of department). Study of a topic in counseling or student development

COE 8303 Family Counseling Theory: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. (Prerequisite: COE 8023). Study of the theory and practice of family counseling

COE 8353 Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Rehabilitation legislation and the rehabilitation counseling process

COE 8363 Psychological Aspects of Disability: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Psychological and social factors influencing adjustment of disabled persons

COE 8373 Medical Aspects of Disability: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Involves a detailed survey of physical disabilities, their resulting functional limitations and rehabilitation implications. Also includes discussion of appropriate rehabilitation technology

COE 8383 Job Placement in Rehabilitation: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Process of job placement for disabled persons

COE 8533 Literature of Student Affairs: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Provides an overview of student affairs in higher education through extensive reading in the field and individual study of specific aspects

COE 8573 College Counseling Services: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Counseling, prevention and student development services on the university and community college campus

COE 8623 Advanced and Ethical Issues in Counseling: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8023). Three hours lecture. Advanced study of professional, legal, and ethical issues in counseling

COE 8633 Psychosocial Rehabilitation: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Counseling techniques that assist in the community adjustment of seriously mentally ill clients

COE 8703 Principles of Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Overview of the history, philosophy, trends, and practice of mental health counseling

COE 8730 Internship: 1-9 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8053.) Supervised field experience

COE 8740 Academic Year Field Experience Semester II-Internship: 1-9 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8150 or its equivalent). Second semester of the supervised academic year field experience in school counseling. (Variable credit)

COE 8743 Counseling LGBTQ: Awareness, Mental Health & Advocacy: 3 hours.

Three hours lectures. This course addresses knowledge, skills, and advocacy for counselors who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, questioning, and gender-non conforming individuals and communities

COE 8750 Internship: 1-9 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of department). Supervised field experience for Ed.S students

COE 8753 Stress Management Counseling: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Course content includes cognitive behavioral assessment and application of relaxation and stress management strategies as a mental health/counseling intervention

COE 8763 Counseling the Sexually Abused Client: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8023). Three hours lecture. Diagnosis and treatment of persons who have been sexually abused

COE 8773 Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Information about the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of chemical dependence

COE 8783 Counseling the Chemically Dependent Family: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8773.) Three hours lecture. Provide information on the effects of chemical dependence on the family and counseling programs for this disorder

COE 8803 Crisis Response in Counseling: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8013, COE 8023, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Exposure to theory and practice in crisis response in counseling. Therapeutic strategies for intervening in crisis situations on an individual, group, and systems level

COE 8813 Counseling Elderly Clients: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Concepts, attitudes, and skills needed to provide counseling for elderly clients

COE 8903 School Counseling Services: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Overview of a comprehensive school counseling program

COE 8913 Counseling Children: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Didactic instruction and discussion of counseling techniques useful in community and school settings to work with early school-aged children

COE 8923 Seminar in School Counseling: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: COE 8903). Three hours lecture. Overview of effective, comprehensive school counseling programs, program accountability, and best practice models in school counseling

COE 8990 Special Topics in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

COE 9000 Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Counselor Education & Educational Psychology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

COE 9013 Counseling Supervision: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. (Prerequisite: COE 8730 and 8013). The theory and practice of providing counseling supervision for practicing counselors and student development professionals

COE 9023 Advanced Counseling Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: COE 8023). Three hours lecture. Study of selected counseling strategies. Development of a personal approach to counseling

COE 9033 Advanced Seminar: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Advanced study of a topic in counseling

COE 9043 Advanced Group Work and Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: COE 8023,COE 8013,COE 8043 and Educational Specialist or Doctoral Standing , or consent of instructor). One hour lecture. Four hours laboratory. Advanced studies in group counseling theory, systems theory, group leadership, and standards of training and practice for group workers

COE 9053 Advanced Multicultural Counseling: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:COE 8013,COE 8023,COE 8043,COE 8053,COE 8063 or an equivalent course,COE 8073 or an equivalent course, COE 8730,Educational Specialist or Doctoral standing or consent of the instructor). Three hours lecture. The course emphasizes advanced multicultural knowledge, skill development, and research competencies for counselors

COE 9083 Advanced Assessment Techniques for Counseling: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: COE 8063 and EPY 8124 or equivalent courses; Educational Specialist or Doctoral standing or consent of instructor).Advanced knowledge, skill and practice in selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting personality, behavioral, career, and family assessments

COE 9740 Advanced Doctoral Practicum: 1-9 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of department). First supervised field experience for doctoral students

COE 9750 Internship: 1-9 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of department). Second supervised field experience for doctoral students

Educational Psychology

EPY 6033 Application of Learning Theories in Educational and Related Settings: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Critical review of literature on learning in applied settings

EPY 6073 Personal and Motivational Factors in Education: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Theories of personality development and motivation in education settings with special attention to culture and interpersonal relations

EPY 6113 Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions: 3 hours.

The study of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral assessments and change procedures with special emphasis on non-school settings. This course cannot be used for special education certification

EPY 6123 Applications of School Psychology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Permission of instructor). Three hour lecture. Practical application of concepts and principles related to educational and school psychology, implementation and analysis of intervention procedures. 100 hours clinic work required

EPY 6133 Data-based Decision Making for Interventions in the School Setting: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Not for EPY majors)Three hour lecture. Data-based decision making and case methodology to teach theory, techniques, and procedures for educational support teams to address behavioral and academic difficulty in school-aged children

EPY 6214 Educational and Psychological Statistics: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. A course in statistics for education and educational psychology majors. Analysis, description of and inference from various types of data

EPY 6313 Measurement and Evaluation: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Measurement and evaluation of learning activities and achievement of elementary school pupils and high school students; standardized tests; test construction; statistical techniques

EPY 6513 Ed Research: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. (Prerequisites: EPY 4214 and 3503). An introduction to conducting educational research focusing on planning and designing research for applied education settings

EPY 6553 Creativity/Innovation: 3 hours.

(Pre-requisite: Junior or graduate standing or consent of the instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to creativity/innovation emphasizing uniqueness of creative individuals. Exploration of origins of creative/innovative behavior. Application of creativity/innovation enhancing techniques

EPY 6610 Sem In Education Psy: 1-6 hours.

(Prerequisite: 9 hours in Psychology and consent of instructor). Credit and title to be arranged. One to six lectures. Examination of specific topics of interest to faculty and students

EPY 6990 Special Topics in Educational Psychology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPY 7000 Directed Individual Study in Educational Psychology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

EPY 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Educational Psychology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

EPY 8113 History and Systems of Psychology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Seminar class for students at the advanced level in psychology fields. Examines the history and systems in psychology

EPY 8123 Assessment of Infants, Toddlers, and Special Populations: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture and two hours practicum. Legal and professional aspects involve in assessment of young children. Administration, interpretation, and decision making in evaluation of infants, toddlers, and difficult-to-assess populations

EPY 8133 Crisis Prevention and Intervention in Schools and Related Settings: 3 hours.

Three hour seminar. Study of school crisis prevention and intervention strategies with emphasis on preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from crisis impacting students and schools

EPY 8214 Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPY 4214/6214 or its equivalent.) Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. A survey of advanced statistical methods with emphasis upon the design and analysis of research problems in education and psychology

EPY 8223 Psychological Foundations of Education: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. The role of psychology in a changing context of organized education; the learner, content, structure, and management of the learning situation; studies of persistent problems

EPY 8253 Child & Adolescent Development & Psychopathology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Critical survey of recent problems, methods, and research in both the normal and abnormal psychological development of children and adolescents

EPY 8263 Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Principles and techniques involved in selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting tests of personality, interest, vocational aptitude, achievement, and intelligence

EPY 8273 Neuropsychology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Study of brain-based relationships with emphasis on neuroscience. Overview of assessment techniques, rehabilitation planning, and research contributions

EPY 8293 Cognitive and Affective Development: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. The study of cognitive and affective development including the theories derived from the work of information-processing, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and current scholarship

EPY 8473 Middle Level Assessment and Evaluation: 3 hours.

A study of middle level assessment and instructional evaluation for monitoring individual student progress, general effectiveness of instruction, and communicating assessment results

EPY 8493 Social-Emotional and Behavioral Assessment: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPY 8263 or consent of the department). Three hours lecture. Theory and practice of social and behavioral assessment will be emphasized; including identification of presenting concerns, selection of assessment techniques, interpretation of data, and report writing

EPY 8513 Psychometric Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPY 6214, EPY 8214, and EPY 8263). Three hour lecture. Classical and modern models and their application to solving measurement problems, including developing and evaluation assessment instruments

EPY 8523 Psychology of the Gifted: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Characteristics, identification and evaluation of gifted individuals. Social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of the gifted

EPY 8533 Practicum in Teaching Educational Psychology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPY 8223). One hour lecture. Two hours practicum. Establishing objectives; selecting and organizing learning experiences; guiding and evaluating learning; supervised practicum in teaching educational psychology

EPY 8690 Supervised Experiences in School Psychology I: 1-6 hours.

(1-6). Applied supervised school psychology experiences in educational and related settings utilizing psychological principles and techniques in teaching/learning problems. May be repeated 4 times for credit

EPY 8703 School Psychology: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture, two hours field experience. A course covering the history, current objectives, organization and administration of school psychology combined with appropriate field experience

EPY 8723 Individual Assessment for Educational and Related Settings: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPY 8263 or equivalent). Two hours lecture, two hours practicum. Training in administering individual psychometric instruments; verbal and nonverbal linguistic techniques; interpretation of scores, writing psychometric reports

EPY 8763 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPY 4113/6113, EPY 8253). Three hours lecture. The focus will be on the identification, analysis, treatment, and evaluation of behavioral problems presented by children and youth. Emphasis is on these topics as they are applied in a non-school setting

EPY 8773 Assessment and Interventions for Academic Skills Deficits: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Study of theories, techniques, and procedures that have been shown to prevent and remedy academic skills deficits

EPY 8780 Internship in School Psychology: 3,6 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Supervised professional experience in an appropriate setting. Three hundred clock hours required for three semester hours credit

EPY 8790 Supervised Experiences in School Psychology II: 1-6 hours.

Applied supervised school psychology experiences in educational and related settings unilizing psychological principles and tecnhiques in teacahing/learning problems. May be repeated 4 times for credit

EPY 8890 Supervised Experiences in School Psychology: III: 1-6 hours.

Applied supervised school psychology experiences in educational and related settings utlizing psychological principles and techniques in teaching/learning problems.May be repeated 4 times for credit

EPY 8933 Integrated Psycho-Educational Assessment: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPY 8723). Two hours lecture, two hours practicum. Development of interpretation, appraisal, and report writing skills for the WISC-R. S-B. and other psychometric instruments

EPY 8990 Special Topics in Educational Psychology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPY 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Educational Psychology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

EPY 9213 Advanced Analysis in Educational Research: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPY 6214 and EPY 8214, or equivalent course work). Three hours lecture. An examination of quantitative problem-solving methods, with special emphasis on modern techniques for investigating multivariable research problems in education

EPY 9263 Applied Research Seminar: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPY 6214, EDF 8363, and EDF 9373). Three hours lecture. Study of advances in thought on research approaches and doing research in educational psychology

EPY 9313 Education Evaluation Methods: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPY 8214; EDF 9373 or equivalent course work). Three hours lecture. Introduction to evaluation contract development procedures, and planning and management of program evaluation in education and related settings

EPY 9443 Single Subject Research Designs in Education: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A detailed examination of single-subject research designs and their associated research methods including data collection and data evaluation techniques (same as EDF 9443)

EPY 9703 Contemporary, Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School and Educational Psychology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. (Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Psychology as a profession: Foundations of practice, roles and functions, professional issues and standards with emphasis on legal and ethical means in psychology

EPY 9713 Advanced Psychological Consulting: Theory and Practice: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor). Two hours lecture. Two hours practicum. Systematic investigation and application of psychological consultation and supervision in schools/human service settings. Consultation and supervision as applied to individuals and organizational structures

EPY 9723 Seminar in Contemporary Educational/School Psychology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Study of current issues and problems related to educational and school psychology

EPY 9730 Doctoral Internship in School Psychology: 3-6 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Supervised internship involving the theory and practice of evaluations, consultation, interventions, research, and related activities within a school, clinic, or other human service agency