Course Descriptions

EDUC560
Degree Reactivation
Students who have 2 semesters of break in enrollment must register for this reactivation course.

EDUC670
Master's Comprehensive Exam

EDUC870
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam

GDPC115
Academic Learning Assessment
A guided experience of self-discovery into the learning factors that yield academic success. Comprehensive assessment and application of individual learning characteristics.

GDPC116
Academic Development
A tutorial application of the principles of academic success. Includes one-on-one, as well as group-learning experiences. Repeatable to 6 credits.

GDPC301
Human Development
An introductory study of the nature, conditions, and outcomes of human learning, with emphasis on the psychological development from birth through old age.

GDPC302
Educational Psychology
Introductory study of nature, conditions, and outcomes of human learning, with emphasis on the psychological factors.

GDPC430
Introduction to Residence-hall Administration
Designed to prepare prospective secondary-school residence-hall directors. Emphasis on practical administration techniques, the relationship between adolescent development and educational programming, and the role of the director as an educator.

GDPC438
Workshop

GDPC499
Independent Study: Topic
Repeatable. Permission of curriculum advisor and independent study supervisor required.

GDPC514
Psychology of Learning
The learning process studied from the viewpoints of intelligence, cognitive language and personality development, learning theories, and motivation. Prerequisite: Introductory course in general or educational/developmental psychology.

GDPC520
Life Span Development
A survey of the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors influencing human development from conception to senescence, with consideration of cultural and ethnic diversity.

GDPC525
Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children
A comprehensive survey of the psychological and educational needs of exceptional children. Strategies for incorporating an exceptional student into regular classroom and for supporting the exceptional child in the community. Students are also required to register for GDPC525 PO2 which is the practicum portion of this class and entails 25 hours in a regular or special education classroom (lab graded S/U). Prerequisite: A course in human development.

GDPC530
Professional Issues in School Counseling
A survey of professional issues in school counseling including the roles, functions, and identity of school counselors, the theory and process of school counseling and guidance, consultation, and current trends in legal and ethical matters.

GDPC540
Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children
Identification and remediation of learning, behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems of children in a multicultural context. Classroom behavior management, structuring classroom and home environments for personal development, consulting with parents and school personnel, and developing family and school-based individual intervention plans.

GDPC545
Administration of Guidance Services
A study of the organization, administration, and coordination of guidance services in school systems including the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive developmental school counseling programs.

GDPC554
Career Development
An introduction to career development and career counseling with an emphasis on counseling populations with special needs, career decision making, career adjustment, and changing careers.

GDPC555
Early Childhood Issues and Assessment
A study of infant and toddler assessment from birth to 5 years in context of federal legislation and best development and educational practices. The student will study individual and screening instruments for this age group, along with a specific focus on family and community involvement in the assessment process. Students are also required to register for GDPC555 PO5 (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Prerequisite: GDPC652 or approval by instructor.

GDPC600
Family Counseling
Theory of family systems and practice of family therapy with emphasis on multicultural and developmental differences, theoretical models, and professional issues. Prerequisite: GDPC650 or equivalent. (Master's-level)

GDPC608
Topics in Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools
Study tour involving attendance, and possibly presentation, at a psychology conference as proposed by faculty.

GDPC609
Topics in Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Study tour involving attendance, and possibly presentation, at a mental health counseling conference as proposed by faculty. Students must also be enrolled in GDPC619 for 2 credits

GDPC610
Marital Counseling
Introduction to marital and couple therapy with emphasis on research, multicultural differences, theoretical models, clinical strategies and techniques, and professional issues. Prerequisite: GDPC650 or equivalent. (Master's-level)

GDPC615
Advanced Human Development
Critically evaluates contemporary research and theories of human development across the life span. The course has three focuses: a critical analysis of contemporary developmental psychology, the relevance of theory and research findings to educational practice and family context and the analysis of the interaction of the
individual and the environment (culture, family and institutions). Prerequisite: A course in human development, or permission of the instructor.

GDPC616
Psychology of Religious Experience
Psychological factors in the religious experience.

GDPC618
Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools
An examination of: the history and foundations of school psychology and special education; legal, ethical and professional issues and trends; roles and functions of the special education teams; develop a knowledge of due process requirements, IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and their implications in the delivery of educational services to students with special needs. Students are also required to register for GDPC618 PO2 which is the practicum portion of this class and entails 25 hours in a regular or special education classroom (lab graded S/U). Student must take either 3 credits of GDPC618 or 2 credits of GDPC618 and 1 credit of GDPC608 (Topics in Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools) in consultation with advisor.

GDPC619
Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
A survey of professional issues in clinical mental health counseling including the professional identity of clinical mental health counselors, the public and private practice of mental health counseling as well as consultation, and crisis intervention. Student must take either 3 credits of GDPC619 or 2 credits of GDPC619 and 1 credit of GDPC609 (Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) in consultation with advisor.

GDPC620
History and Systems of Psychology
The historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary psychology are examined. Both theoretical and applied aspects of the development of psychology as a science and practice are examined, including contributions of important theoretical schools and individuals.

GDPC622
Seminar on Special Topics
Repeatable to 6 credits. Repeatable with different topics.

GDPC624
Addictions and Addictive Behaviors
Theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment.

GDPC625
Biopsychology
A survey of the physiological basis of human behavior, including considerations of sensory phenomena, motor coordination, emotion, and higher-order thought process.

GDPC626
Cognitive Psychology
Emphasis on issues and research in cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, categorization, working memory, long-term memory, knowledge, problem solving, reasoning, language, and socio-cultural cognition. A wide variety of theories will be reviewed with application of research to practical problems, including assessment. Selected cognitive issues will be discussed from a cognitive science or neuropsychological perspective. Prerequisite: GDPC514.

GDPC628 Alt
Seminar in the Psychology of Women
The biological, social, intellectual, and emotional development and adjustment of women from conception to senescence.

GDPC629
Psychopathology: Classification & Treatment
Basic historical concepts, current paradigms, and assessment of psychopathology based on American Psychiatric Association (APA) diagnostic classification system and implications for counseling/clinical approaches to treatment.

GDPC630
Personality Assessment
Training in the administration, interpretation, and application of instruments used in the assessment of personality in adults and children including multicultural perspectives. Methods of assessment will include objective personality instruments. Prerequisites: GDPC644 and a course in abnormal psychology. Students are also  required to register for GDPC630 PO8 (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or by permission of instructor. (Master's level.)

GDPC635
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
An introduction to the theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Attention given to counseling therapy models, the therapeutic relationship, the function and role of counselors/ therapists, and the systematic development of counseling skills and intervention strategies.

GDPC638
Group Processes
Theory, research, observation, and personal experience in the behavior of individuals in small face-to-face groups.

GDPC640
Multicultural Issues for Counselors and Psychologists
Cultural factors which influence the psychological development of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and the effects of these factors on the psychological and educational practices of counselors and psychologists working in a pluralistic society.

GDPC644
Psychological Testing
An introduction to measurement theory. Selection, administration, and interpretation of standardized tests and non-standardized tools for the purpose of assessment of ability, achievement, aptitude, interest, and personality. Social, legal, and ethical implications of testing.

GDPC645
Professional Ethics for Counselors and Psychologists
Ethical standards of counselors and psychologists, standards for psychological providers, standards for educational and psychological tests, ethical principles in conducting research with human participants.

GDPC648
Workshop

GDPC650
Practicum in Counseling
Supervised experience in the counseling process. Students must complete a minimum of 100 clock hours including 40 hours of direct service with clients. Prerequisites: GDPC635, 638, 644; 8 weekly personal counseling sessions; and departmental approval.

GDPC651
Behavioral and Educational Assessment
The selection, administration, and scoring of standardized and non standardized educational and behavioral measures within a Response to Intervention/problem-solving model, for remediation for diagnostic and placement purposes. Emphasis will be placed on connecting assessment with intervention strategies. Current issues in educational assessment pertaining to the classroom and students with special needs, including those of English language learners, will be addressed. Students are also required to register for GDPC651 PO3 which is the 50-hour practicum lab portion of this class (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Prerequisites: GDPC514 and 644, or permission of instructor. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Psychology, School Counseling, or Special Education, or by permission of instructor.

GDPC652
Cognitive Assessment
The selection, administration, and scoring of standardized individual measures of cognitive abilities for assessment and diagnosis of intellectual ability. Emphasis will be placed on accurate, standardized administration of the most widely used intelligence tests throughout the life span. Current issues in the conceptualization of intelligence and assessment pertaining to students/adults with special needs will be addressed. Students are also required to register for GDPC652 PO4 (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Prerequisite: GDPC644. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Psychology or School Counseling, or by permission of instructor.

GDPC654
Practicum in School Psychology
Supervised experience in school psychology. A minimum of 55 clock hours of experience is required for 1 credit. Prerequisites: The completion of a prescribed set of 21 credits in school psychology and permission of supervisor one semester in advance of registration. Repeatable to 6 credits.

GDPC655
Internship in Counseling
Supervised internship experience in community or school setting. Students must complete a minimum of 600 clock hours including 240 hours of direct service with clients. Prerequisite: GDPC650. Limited to students enrolled in MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling programs. Repeatable to 6 credits.

GDPC660
Program Continuation
See section on Continuous Registration-Active Status.

GDPC669
MA Thesis Continuation

GDPC670
Advanced Social Psychology
Emphasis on conceptual and research approaches to social thinking, social influence and social relations. Application of social psychological theories to education, counseling, health and work.

GDPC672
Psychoeducational Consultation
A study and application of the process of consultation with teachers, families, and other professionals in educational settings. Emphasis will be given to making data-based decisions and applying research-based intervention strategies within the school system. Prerequisite: GDPC651.

GDPC675
Advanced Internship in Mental Health Counseling
Advanced internship experience in a mental health setting. Students must complete a minimum of 300 clock hours including 120 hours of direct service with clients. Attention is given to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and the promotion of optimal health. Prerequisites: GDPC655 and departmental approval. Limited to students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track.

GDPC676
Theories of Personality
Consideration and evaluation of major theories of personality,
with emphasis on their implications for counseling and
education.

GDPC678
Study Tour
Travel to destinations relevant to individual programs of study. Classes will be selected from departments(s) offerings. Fee may be required.

GDPC685
MA Level Comprehensive Exam Preparation

GDPC686
Interventions and Diagnosis with Children and Adolescents
A study of major contemporary, evidence-based interventions for treating psychopathology in children with attention given to multicultural and diagnostic issues. Prerequisites: a master's level course in developmental psychology and an introductory course on theories and techniques of counseling. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling programs.

GDPC687
Counseling and Therapeutic Interventions for Adults
A study of major contemporary theories and treatment modalities for identifying and treating psychological problems of adults, including multicultural issues. Prerequisite: GDPC635 or equivalent. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.

GDPC688 Alt
Group Therapy
Theory and practice of group therapy with emphasis given to the role and functions of the group leader; outcome research, and
ethical issues. Prerequisites: GDPC638, 650 or equivalent.

GDPC690
Independent Study
Repeatable. Permission of instructor required.

GDPC699
Thesis
Must be repeated to 3 credits.

GDPC710
Family Therapy
Theory of family systems and practice of family therapy with emphasis on multicultural and developmental differences, theoretical models, and professional issues. Prerequisite: GDPC650 or equivalent. (Doctorate-level)

GDPC720
Marital Therapy
Introduction to marital and couple therapy with emphasis on research, multicultural differences, theoretical models, clinical strategies and techniques, and professional issues. Prerequisite: GDPC650 or equivalent. (Doctorate-level)

GDPC725
Cross-Cultural Ethics and Research
A theory-driven, applied course for researchers to strengthen awareness, knowledge and skills in various multicultural, cross cultural and diversity competencies necessary to design, develop and implement clinical and educational research in diverse populations. A survey of cross-cultural ethics and implications for research and practice in education and psychology will also be reviewed.

GDPC730
International Psychology
A survey of theories of international psychology and philosophies of change. Implications for working with culturally diverse populations in education and psychology are emphasized. Examination of mainstream as well as alternative theoretical, methodological and applied approaches that is relevant to the study and practice of international psychology. The topics selected review psychology's relevance to the understanding and GRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELING COURSES 307 solution of global problems, as well as of how psychology itself is affected by events and cultures around the world.

GDPC735
Clinician Self-Assessment for the Treatment of Culturally Diverse Populations
Theories, etiology and function of bias in the clinical assessment and treatment of culturally diverse populations. The primary focus of this course will be on clinician self-assessment of bias, personal development and clinical application. Prerequisites: GDPC638, 640, 650, 670 or by permission of instructor.

GDPC736
Field Work in Educational Psychology
Individualized experience under the supervision of a practicing educational psychologist. A minimum of 40 clock hours of experience required for 1 credit. Up to 6 credits available. Prerequisite: Completion of 21 credits in educational psychology and permission of field work supervisor one semester in advance of registration. Open to educational psychology majors only.

GDPC745
Practicum in Counseling Psychology
Supervised experience in counseling psychology. Students enroll for 1 academic credit for each 100 clock hours of supervised experience, of which 40 must be direct client contact. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisites: GDPC650 and GDPC629 or equivalent and approval of the supervisor. Limited to students enrolled in the Counseling Psychology program.

GDPC750
Personality Assessment
Training in the administration, interpretation, and application of instruments used in the assessment of personality in adults and children including multicultural perspectives. Methods of assessment will include objective personality instruments. Prerequisites: GDPC644 and a course in abnormal psychology. Students are also required to register for GDPC750 PO8 (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or by permission of instructor. (Doctorate-level)

GDPC753
Psychological Decision Making and Interventions
A study of psychological diagnosis using processing instruments and information from various sources. A cross-battery approach to assessment and report writing will also be discussed. A study of appropriate interventions for various diagnoses will be emphasized. Students are also required to register for GDPC753 PO7 (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Prerequisite: GDPC652. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling, or by permission of instructor.

GDPC755
Refugee & Displaced Populations Clinical Interventions
A study of major contemporary theories and treatment modalities of crisis intervention for working with displaced diverse populations. The course provides students with opportunities to learn theory and practical skills in a variety of areas including, crisis intervention, disaster relief training and PTSD.

GDPC765
Seminar in the Supervision of Counselors
Survey of supervision models with practice in the supervision of counselors. Prerequisite: GDPC745 (2 semesters). Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology.

GDPC795 Professional Portfolio
The professional portfolio assesses a student’s growth and development throughout their program. It is a collection of experience-based materials and reflective information. Graduation requirement for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education students.

GDPC810
Internship in School Psychology
Off-campus experiences representative of the role and function of the school psychologist. Total of 1200 hours supervised by a school psychologist. The student must complete a total of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of GDPC654. Limited to students in the School Psychology program. Students will be reviewed by core faculty before being placed in an internship site.

GDPC820
Internship in Counseling Psychology
2000 hours of supervised field work in application of theory to counseling psychology practice with individuals, groups, families, children, or adolescents in an approved agency setting. Must be repeated to 3 credits.

GDPC825
Topics in Counseling Psychology
Study tour involving attendance, and possibly presentation, at a psychology conference as proposed by faculty. Students must also be enrolled in GDPC835 for 2 credits.

GDPC834
Seminar in Educational/School Psychology
Examines current issues and research in educational, developmental, or school psychology. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 16 credits in educational, developmental, or school psychology.

GDPC835
Seminar in Counseling Psychology
Examines professional identity, current ethical issues and research in the theory and practice of counseling psychology. Student must take either 3 credits of GDPC835 or 2 credits of GDPC835 and 1 credit of GDPC825 (Topics in Counseling Psychology) in consultation with advisor.

GDPC870
Comprehensive Exam Preparation

GDPC899
Doctoral Dissertation
A minimum of 14 credits required. Repeatable. Fall, Spring, Summer Research and Measurement

EDRM499
Independent Study
Topic to be selected by advisement. Permission of advisor and instructor required. A contract must be developed between the student and the instructor. Graded S/U.

EDRM505
Research Methods
A survey of quantitative and qualitative research designs for conducting basic and applied research in education, counseling and psychology. The primary focus will be on the research process including defining variables, formulating and stating the problem, planning and designing the research, conducting the literature review, instrumentation, data collection procedures, implication for data analysis, and researcher ethical and legal responsibilities. Topics such as mixed methods design, program evaluation and action research will also be presented. Students are expected to develop a research proposal.

EDRM605
Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Psychology
The theory, methods, and application of qualitative research in education and psychology with particular emphasis on participant observation and the ethnographic interview.

EDRM611
Applied Statistical Methods I
Analysis of educational, counseling and psychological data using descriptive and basic inferential statistics; frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, t-tests, one way Analysis of Variance, simple linear regression, introduction to multiple regression analysis, and Chi-Square. SPSS will be used for all data analysis. Students are expected to submit and present a research paper at the end of the course.

EDRM636
Program Evaluation
The application of various evaluation models and techniques for the specific purpose of judging the processes and results of projects and programs. Prerequisites: EDRM505 and EDRM611 or their equivalents.

EDRM648
Workshop Graded S/U.

EDRM690
Independent Study: Topic
Repeatable. Permission of curriculum advisor and independent study supervisor required. A contract between the student and supervisor must be developed. Graded S/U.

EDRM704
Design and Analysis of Educational and Psychological Surveys
Development of questionnaires, scale construction, and administration of survey instruments. Topics include item generation, survey development, establishment of reliability and validity. Analysis of survey data using SPSS will be a major part of this course. Students are expected to submit and present a research paper at the end of the course. Prerequisite: EDRM611 or equivalent.

EDRM710
Seminar in Research Methodology
This course will primarily review various research orientations and methodologies as they relate to the student’s dissertation topic. Topics to be discussed will include: university support system for completing the dissertation, selecting the dissertation topic, constituting and working with the dissertation committee, and conducting the literature review. At the end of the course, students are expected to have an approved dissertation topic, a formally constituted committee, and an annotated bibliography. It is recommended that this course be taken the semester just prior to taking EDRM880 Dissertation Proposal Development.

EDRM712
Applied Statistical Methods II
Analysis of educational, counseling and psychological data using multiple regression analysis, logistic regression analysis, exploratory factor analysis, factorial analysis of variance, repeated measures analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. SPSS will be used for all data analysis. Students are expected to submit and present a research paper at the end of the course. Prerequisite: EDRM611 or equivalent.

EDRM713
Applied Statistical Methods III
Analysis of educational, counseling and psychological data using multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, multinomial logistic regression analysis, canonical correlation analysis, cluster analysis, structural equation modeling, and hierarchical linear modeling. SPSS will be primarily used for data analysis. Additional software (e.g. AMOS, HLM) may be required. Students are expected to submit and present a research paper at the end of the course. Prerequisite: EDRM712 or equivalent.

EDRM880
Dissertation Proposal Development
Designing and writing the doctoral dissertation proposal. Prerequisite: EDRM505, EDRM611 and EDRM710 or their equivalents, and permission of instructor.

SPED525
Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children
A comprehensive survey of the psychological and educational needs of exceptional children. Strategies for incorporating an exceptional student into regular classroom and for supporting the exceptional child in the community. Students are also required to register for SPED525 PO2 which is the practicum portion of this class and entails 25 hours in a regular or special education classroom. Prerequisite: A course in human development.

EDPC608
Topics in Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools
Study tour involving attendance, and possibly presentation, at a psychology conference as proposed by faculty.

SPED610
Instructional Design for Special Education
This course will focus on the development of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) for Children with Disabilities as required by IDEA (2004). SDI includes modification and accommodation to program content methodology and delivery.

SPED618
Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools
An examination of: the history and foundations of school psychology and special education; legal, ethical and professional issues and trends; roles and functions of the special education teams; develop a knowledge of due process requirements, IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and their implications in the delivery of educational services to students with special needs. Students are also required to register for SPED618 PO1 which is the practicum portion of this class and entails 25 hours in a regular or special education classroom (lab graded S/U). Student must take either 3 credits of SPED618 or 2 credits of SPED618 and 1 credit of SPED608 (Topics in Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools) in consultation with advisor.

SPED645
Reading Assessment & Intervention
Advanced course for diagnosis and remediation or prevention of reading disabilities. Students are also required to register for SPED645 PO6 (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required.

SPED630
Education of Students with Math and Writing Disabilities
This course will focus on the development of competency in the implementation of evidence-based instructional strategies designed to teach mathematics and writing. Emphasis will be placed on methods supported by research.

SPED651
Behavioral and Educational Assessment
The selection, administration, and scoring of standardized and non standardized educational and behavioral measures within a Response to Intervention/problem-solving model, for remediation for diagnostic and placement purposes. Emphasis will be placed on connecting assessment with intervention strategies. Current issues in educational assessment pertaining to the classroom and students with special needs, including those of English language learners, will be addressed. Students are also required to register for SPED651 PO3 which is the 50-hour practicum lab portion of this class (lab graded S/U). Lab fee required. Prerequisites: GDPC514 and 644 or permission of instructor. Limited to students enrolled in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Educational Psychology, School Counseling, or Special Education, or by permission of instructor.

SPED672
Psychoeducational Consultation
A study and application of the process of consultation with teachers, families, and other professionals in educational settings. Emphasis will be given to making data-based decisions and applying research-based intervention strategies within the school system. Prerequisite: GDPC651

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