Feb 21, 2020  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Counseling and Psychology in Education-Human Development and Educational Psychology (M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D.)


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Degree Requirements for Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialization


The Master’s degree offers two options: Plan A, which requires a thesis, and Plan B, a non–thesis alternative that requires a significant research project. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the program. For terminal Master’s degree students, a final written comprehensive examination is required before thesis or project hours may be taken. Students admitted to the PhD program must pass a qualifying exam upon completion of the Master’s degree in order to continue studies through the PhD. Additionally, students must take a final oral examination on the thesis or research project.

Plan A (thesis): Total 33 credit hours


  • Human Development and Educational Psychology Core 15 credit hours
  • Human Development and Educational Psychology electives 6 credit hours
  • Thesis 6 credit hours (  or  )
  • Supporting courses outside of area 6 credit hours

Plan B (non–thesis): Total 33 credit hours


  • Human Development and Educational Psychology Core 15 credit hours
  • Human Development and Educational Psychology electives 9 credit hours
  • Graduate Project 3 credit hours ( )
  • Supporting courses outside of area 6 credit hours

Preliminary Examination


Upon successful completion of the first 9 credit hours of coursework, students will complete a preliminary examination and interview with program faculty to discuss progress and objectives.

Degree Requirements for Specialist in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialization


The Specialist degree requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the Baccalaureate with a minimum of 33 hours beyond the Master’s degree in a related field. The requirements can be tailored to the student’s needs and career goals with the approval of their graduate committee.

Specialist in Education, Human Development and Educational Psychology: Total 69 credit hours


  • Master’s Degree 33 credit hours
  • Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialist core 21 credit hours
  • Research Project 6 credit hours (EPSY 898S)
  • Supporting courses 9 credit hours

Note


- Master’s degree must include USD’s 15 credit-hour core or its equivalent.

- Upon successful completion of 9 credit hours of course work, students will complete a preliminary examination and interview with program faculty to discuss progress and objectives.

- For all students, a final written comprehensive examination is required before research project hours may be taken. Additionally, students must take a final oral examination (i.e., defense for Plan A or presentation for Plan B) on the research project.

Note


- As a culminating activity, students complete a six credit-hour research project

 . This project will be designed to meet individual interests and needs and is guided by the student’s advisor.

- Upon successful completion of 9 credit hours of course work, students will complete a preliminary examination and interview with program faculty to discuss progress and objectives.

- A written comprehensive examination is required before project hours may be taken.

- A final defense of the research project is required in the final semester before graduation.
 

Degree Requirements for Doctorate in Counseling and Psychology in Education - Human Development and Educational Psychology Specialization


Doctor of Philosophy, Human Development and Educational Psychology: Total 93 credit hours


  • Education Psychology Doctoral core 30 credit hours
  • Supporting courses 15 credit hours
  • Dissertation 15 credit hours minimum
  • Hours from M.A. 33 credit hours

Note


- Upon successful completion of the first 9 credit hours of course work, students will complete a preliminary examination and interview with program faculty to discuss progress and objectives.
- The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 93 credit hours beyond the Baccalaureate degree.
- Students may earn a master’s degree during completion of the Ph.D. requirements.
- Students who earn an MA during completion of the Ph.D. must take and pass qualifying exams after all coursework for an MA degree has been taken.
- Upon successful completion of required coursework, and prior to taking dissertation hours, students must pass comprehensive exams.
- Two consecutive years are required in-residence, which means that during this time students must maintain full-time student status, predominantly on campus.
- Candidates are required to complete a specified core of courses covering human development, learning theory, computer methodology and application, measurement, statistics and research design.
- Candidates are required to obtain professional experience in teaching, research, and service activities as outlined in the specialization’s graduate handbook. Candidates must participate in a Professional Interview Assessment with HDEP faculty in the semester of graduation.

Human Development and Educational Psychology core course work required prior to earning M.A.: 33 credit hours:


Note:

If a student has an earned master’s degree prior to beginning work toward PhD, they do not need to complete coursework required for the MA. However, the preceding 15 core hours are considered prerequisites.

Select one of the following 3 credit hour electives that may be used towards an emphasis:

Educational Psychology Emphasis must complete one of the following courses:

Human Development Emphasis must complete the following course:

Research and Statistics Emphasis must complete 3 hours from among the following courses:

Electives: 15 credit hours (Electives must include at least 9 credit hours from a selected area of emphasis)


Dissertation: 15 credit hours minimum


Recommended Elective for All Areas of Emphasis:


Students may choose from a variety of supporting courses within and outside of the department. All students are encouraged to take:

 

Note


- With the aid of their advisor and approval of their graduate committee, students can tailor their program to fit their areas of expertise and career goals. This is done through elective course work, independent studies and practicum experiences.

- Final written comprehensive examinations are required before dissertation hours may be taken.

Students may take up to 9 dissertation hours prior to proposal

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