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Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research

STEVE WEST, PhD
Chair
Room 100, Ball Hall
901.678.2841

E-mail: jrmller2@memphis.edu

www.memphis.edu/cepr


I. The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research offers graduate degree programs in three program areas: MS and EdD degrees in Counseling, MS and PhD degrees in Educational Psychology and Research, and a PhD degree in Counseling Psychology. Admission to each of these programs is handled separately. Each has its own admission criteria, and application must be made for a particular program before an applicant is considered for that program. Any person admitted to one of these programs who desires to transfer to another program within the department must make formal application to that program and will be evaluated competitively against the same criteria and on the same time schedule as all other applicants for that program. The time to degree completion for the EdD degree in Counseling, the PhD degree in Educational Psychology and Research, and the PhD degree in Counseling Psychology is limited to 10 years, an exception to the general Graduate School policy.

The departmental objective is to prepare advanced educational leaders to be both sophisticated practitioners and researchers. Programs in Counseling and Counseling Psychology have a strong scientist-practitioner base. Programs in Educational Psychology and Research have a strong research emphasis. The graduate degrees within the department will qualify students as university and college teachers, counselors, psychologists, program evaluators, and researchers in educational and counseling environments, as well as provide them with the skills necessary to fill a variety of roles in other settings in which knowledge of human development, learning and cognition, research and evaluation methods is essential.

All graduate students within the department will demonstrate generalized competency in core areas of psychological inquiry. Generalized competency may be demonstrated either by passing examinations or completing designated coursework in three of the four general domains:

      1. Research methods and data analysis

      2. Measurement and evaluation

      3. Human development

      4. Learning and cognition

Every graduate student is expected to comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see  Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) and the program requirements of the degree being pursued

II. MS Degree Program in Counseling

Major: Counseling

Concentrations:

     Clinical Mental Health Counseling

     Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

     Rehabilitation Counseling

     School Counseling

The Master’s degree programs in Counseling prepare entry level counseling professionals with a broad knowledge base in fundamental social/behavioral science (human development, learning and cognition, personality theory, and emerging research on visible ethnic populations and gender differences), counseling and helping skills (individual and group counseling, and assessment), research and evaluation tools, and professional identity, role and function. The concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Rehabilitation Counseling concentration is accredited by the Council of Rehabilitation Counseling (CORE).

Program objectives are: (1) comprehension of concepts and theories underlying the profession of counseling; (2) ability to collect, analyze, and interpret individual and group data, and to generate and test hypothesis related to human behavior; (3) ability to effectively counsel in both individual and group settings: (4) ability to formulate, implement, and evaluate appropriate counseling programs and interventions; (5) ability to understand and demonstrate ethical behavior and the legal and ethical implications of that behavior; and (6) development of sensitivity and understanding of the needs of persons who are culturally different, including the ability to (a) examine attitudes and myths regarding the culturally different client and (b) the sociopolitical forces impacting the culturally different client.

A. Program Prerequisites
Students need 6 semester hours of course work at the upper division undergraduate or the graduate level in psychological or cultural foundations.

B. Program Admission
Program admission for concentrations in the Counseling program

  1. Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and to the program. The Master of Science degree in Counseling is a limited access program; not all eligible candidates are admitted. To be considered for admission, applicants must provide:
    1. official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts of all academic work completed,
    2. submit a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score,
    3. complete a program admission application including appropriate goals essay,
    4. provide three letters of academic and/or professional reference,
    5. undergo an interview with the faculty.
  2. Deadline for the completion of all admissions requirements is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. The program selection committee selects students after all application materials and the personal interview are completed. Program admissions forms are available in the department office.

All college transcripts and test score information should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions.

C. Program Requirements

  1. The School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling programs are a minimum of 48 semester hours. Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling are 60-semester hour programs.
  2. MS program core (18 hours): COUN 7411, COUN 7531, COUN 7541, COUN 7551, COUN 7571, and EDPR 7521.
  3. All students are to maintain good standing (3.0 or better cumulative grade point average) and at least a B- in all required courses.
  4. Concentration requirements:
    1. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (42 hours): COUN 7561, 7630, 7710, 7730, 7750, 7885; EDPR 7117; CPSY 7700; practicum COUN 7631 (3 hours) and internship COUN 7632 (9 hours); 6 hours elective.
    2. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (42 hours): COUN 6901, 6913, 6921, 7630, 7710, 7750, 7885, 7912; CPSY 7700; practicum COUN 7941 (3 hours) and internship COUN 7942 (9 hours), EDPR 7117.
    3. Rehabilitation Counseling (30 hours): COUN 6901, 6913, 6921, 7750, 7912, EDPR 7117; 3 hours of electives approved by advisor; practicum COUN 7941 (3 hours) and internship COUN 7942 (6 hours).
    4. School Counseling (30 hours): COUN 7542, 7561, 7640, 7730, 7750, and EDPR 7117; 3 hours of supportive electives; practicum COUN 7641 or 7645 (3 hours) and internships COUN 7642 and 7646 (6 hours). SPED 7000 or COUN 6901 must be taken if students do not hold a valid teaching license. Students who do not have a valid teaching license must take one semester hour special problems course COUN 7990.
  5. All programs include clinical components, practica, and internships; each student's effectiveness will be evaluated by faculty and supervisors. Prior to contact with clients in practicum and internship, students are expected to provide evidence of good judgment and appropriate emotional functioning. Final decisions regarding student effectiveness will be predicated upon factors that include course grades, demonstrated clinical competence, personality factors, and any relevant test scores.
  6. Comprehensive examination.

III. MS Degree Programs in Educational Psychology and Research

Major: Educational Psychology and Research

Concentrations:

     Educational Psychology

     Educational Research

The Master’s degree programs in Educational Psychology and Research prepare educational leaders for scholarly expertise with a knowledge base for critical thinking in human development across the life span, cognitive processes applied to education, educational research methods and statistics.

Program objectives are: (1) ability to contribute to the professional field through research presentations and writing; (2) preparation for careers as academicians in institutions of higher education, applied researchers and/or scholarly work; (3) development of leadership skills for professional organizations and the ability to contribute to the field through professional service activities.

A. Program Admission

1. Applicants must submit a completed application packet, including:

  1. application to the Graduate School,
  2. application to the program,
  3. official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate studies,
  4. official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores,
  5. a 500 word statement of purpose and intended area of concentration,
  6. three letters of recommendation.

2.  Applicants to the MS program are evaluated two times a year. All application information must be received by November 1 for spring semester admission, and April 1 for fall semester admission. Applications for international students are only accepted in the fall (November 1 deadline). Late submissions may be considered on an individual basis, but will normally be deferred to the following semester. The admission committee may request a personal interview. Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission, including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE scores, personal goals statement, relevant employment history, and letters of recommendation. Admission forms are available in the departmental office.

B. Program Requirements

1. All programs are a minimum of 36 semester hours.

2. MS program core (12 credits):

  1. Research (6 credits): EDPR 7521 and 7511 or 7541
  2. Learning & Cognition (3 credits): EDPR 7121
  3. Human Development (3 credits): at least one from EDPR 7111, 7112, 7117

3. Concentration in Educational Psychology or Educational Research (15 credits): courses to be taken within the area of concentration will be planned with the major advisor.

4. Electives to be taken outside of the major (6 credits).

5. Research project/thesis (3 credits-EDPR 7000): Each MS student is expected to complete an independent research project or thesis as a culminating experience. NOTE: Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

6. MS Comprehensive Examination. Upon completion of coursework, each MS degree student will complete a written comprehensive examination covering the domains of research methods and data analysis, measurement and evaluation, human development, and learning and cognition. The exam will be administered by the student’s advisory committee and coordinated by the student’s advisor. An oral examination may follow if it is deemed necessary by the advisory committee.

IV. EdD Degree Program

       Major: Counseling

The EdD program in Counseling is designed to prepare advanced professional practitioners in counseling, student personnel services, and counselor education with particular program emphases on multicultural and urban settings. Entry into the program presumes a master’s degree in counseling wherein one has acquired knowledge and skills in human development, helping relationships, group counseling, lifestyle and career development, assessment techniques, research and evaluation and clinical experiences in applied settings. The EdD is designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation as educational leaders in the role of professional counselor and researcher and who may seek additional credentials in counselor supervision and counselor education. The EdD is not appropriate for individuals seeking preparation or licensure as a psychologist.

Program objectives are: (1) comprehension of concepts and theories underlying the profession of counseling; (2) ability to collect, analyze, and interpret individual and group data, and to generate and test hypotheses related to human behavior; (3) ability to effectively counsel in both individual and group settings: (4) ability to formulate, implement, and evaluate appropriate counseling programs and interventions; (5) ability to understand and demonstrate ethical behavior and the legal and ethical implications of that behavior; and (6) development of sensitivity and understanding of the needs of persons who are culturally different, including the ability to (a) examine attitudes and myths regarding the culturally different and (b) the sociopolitical forces impacting the culturally different client.

A. Program Prerequisites

A master’s degree in counseling that meets CACREP or CORE standards for core knowledge and skills. Students with a master’s degree in counseling that does not contain all core areas can be considered for admission, but will be required to complete additional coursework prior to enrolling in doctoral level courses.

B. Program Admission

1. Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and to the program. The Doctor of Education degree in Counseling is a limited access program; not all eligible candidates are admitted. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  1. provide official undergraduate and graduate transcripts of all academic work completed,
  2. submit a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score,
  3. complete a program admission application including appropriate goals essay,
  4. provide three letters of academic and/or professional reference,
  5. undergo an interview with the faculty, and submit a writing sample.

2. The program selections committee selects students after all application materials and the personal interview are completed. Deadline for the completion of all admissions requirements is March 1 for the fall semester. Students are admitted one time per year and must begin their coursework during the fall semester.

C. Program Requirements

1. Thirty six (36) semester hours in the major, including COUN 8501, 8502, 8510, 8511, 8530 (6-hrs.), 8730, 8750, 8831, 8841, and 8885; CPSY 8203.

2. Nine (9) semester hours in research (EDPR 8541, 8542, and 8561).

3. Nine (9) semester hours in a specialty area (such as marriage and family, crisis intervention, career, rehabilitation, school, mental health counseling, etc.).

4. Nine (9) semester hours of dissertation. NOTE: Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

5. All students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and make no less than a B- in all required courses.

V. PhD Degree Programs

     Major: Educational Psychology and Research

     Concentrations:

           Educational Psychology

           Educational Research

The PhD degree program in Educational Psychology and Research is designed to prepare advanced educational leaders for university teaching, applied research, or other professional roles in the areas of human development (infant, child, and adolescent development; adult development and aging), learning (motivation and cognitive processes applied to education), educational research methods and statistics, measurement and program evaluation.

Since the purpose of doctoral-level training is to prepare students to conduct research in a specialized area, individuals with no interest in research should not apply to this major.

Program objectives are: (1) ability to contribute to the professional field through research presentations and writing; (2) preparation for careers as academicians in institutions of higher education, applied researchers and/or scholarly work; (3) development of leadership skills for professional organizations and the ability to contribute to the field through professional service activities.

A. Program Admission

Applicants to the PhD program are evaluated two times a year. Completed application packets must be received by November 1 for spring semester admission, and April 1 for fall admission. Applications for international students are only accepted in the fall (November 1 deadline). Late submissions may be considered on an individual basis, but will normally be deferred to the following semester. The admission committee may request a personal interview. Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission, including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE scores, personal goals statement, relevant employment history, and letters of recommendation. The number of students admitted to the PhD program will depend on availability of adequate faculty supervision. Admission forms are available in the departmental office. The completed application must include:

1. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background and aptitude for graduate work, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance and scholarship.

2. A statement of 500-1000 words indicating the intended area of concentration, the applicant’s present interests and career goals, research and applied interests, and prior research and applied experience.

3. A willingness to be interviewed by members of the Educational Psychology & Research faculty, should that be required.

B. Program Requirements

1. Credit Hours: A minimum of 54 hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree.

2. Core Competency: All students upon admission into the doctoral program need to demonstrate competencies in the departmental core domains (research methods; human development; and learning and cognition) as prerequisites for further coursework. Students may demonstrate their competency by (a) having earned at least a 3.0 in a master's level course in each of the above domains, or (b) passing proficiency exams. Doctoral students without proficiency in any of these core domains must complete the appropriate entry level course before more advanced coursework. These entry level courses will not count toward the minimum of 54 hours required.

3. Core (24 credits):

  1. Research (18 credits): EDPR 8541, 8542, 8561; 2 of 8543, 8549, or 8562 or an approved equivalent, and at least 3 credits of supervised research (EDPR 8081). All doctoral degree students are expected to be active in collaborative research with members of the faculty. This includes the research-based residency project approved by the major advisor that must result in a paper submitted to a refereed journal or a refereed professional conference.
  2. Learning & Cognition (3 credits): at least one from EDPR 8149, 8150, 8151.
  3. Human Development (3 credits): at least one from EDPR 8111, 8112, 8113, 8114, 8131, 8161.

4. Concentration in Educational Psychology or Educational Research (15 credits): courses to be taken within the area of concentration will be planned with the major advisor.

5. Electives to be taken outside of the major (3 credits).

6. Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of coursework each doctoral student will complete a 9-hour written comprehensive examination covering both the educational research and the educational psychology components of their programs. The examination will place emphasis on the student’s area of concentration, will be administered by the student’s advisory committee, and will be coordinated by the student’s advisor. An oral examination will follow the written examination.

7. Dissertation and Final Defense (12 credits-EDPR 9000): A dissertation acceptable to the faculty is a requirement for all doctoral students. The dissertation must embody the results of an extended research effort that is an original contribution to the existing body of research within the area of concentration. The dissertation should reflect the candidate’s ability to conduct independent research and interpret in a logical manner the facts and phenomena revealed by the research. Upon completion of the dissertation, each student will orally defend the research undertaken. NOTE: Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

VI. PhD Degree Programs

      Major: Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and prepares psychologists who embody a scientific approach to understanding and working with both specific and general problems in human behavior. The program is interdisciplinary and is organized around the scientist-practitioner model of critical thinking. It is implemented through didactic and experiential activities that emphasize research, development, evaluation, and learning as bases for prevention and remediation to assist persons of all ages and all life styles with improving and optimizing their well-being. The program has sufficient flexibility for students to pursue their own interests.

A. Program Prerequisites (or their equivalent) at the masters level: Group Processes, Assessment/Evaluation, Career Counseling, Counseling Theories, Practicum/Clinical Techniques, Research/Data Analysis. Students who have not completed these courses prior to entering the doctoral program must complete them early during their course of studies at the University of Memphis and prior to taking advanced courses in the same topic area.

B. Program Admission

A limited number of applicants are admitted once each year only for admission in the Fall semester; applicants for Spring admission are not considered. All application credentials must be received by December 5 for an applicant to be considered. Applicants to the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology typically hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in counseling, psychology, or a related mental health area. Applications from students having a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in counseling, psychology, or a related mental health area will be considered if they have had substantial academic, clinical, or research work experience beyond the undergraduate degree.

     Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission, including, but not limited to, competitive GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, personal statement, letters of recommendation, clinical and research experience, and interviews. A completed application packet will include the following: Graduate School application, departmental application, GRE scores, graduate transcripts, and four letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for graduate study in counseling psychology.

C. Program Requirements

  1.  Program prerequisites as noted above. 

  2. 15 semester hours in Substantive Psychology including 3 semester hours in each of Biological Bases of Behavior, Social Bases of Behavior, Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior, Individual Behavior, History and Systems of Psychology

  3. 6 semester hours in Counseling Psychology Foundations and Professional Issues, CPSY 8101 & 8201

  4. 6 semester hours in Psychometric Theory and Methods, CPSY 8575 & 8576, or approved alternatives

  5. 12 semester hours in Research Methods/Data Analysis, EDPR 8541, 8542, 8543, or approved alternatives; CPSY 8203

  6. 18 semester hours in Counseling, CPSY 8102, 8202, 8577; COUN 8721, 8750 or approved alternative, 8841

  7. For students who enter with a master's degree that included clinical practicum, 6 semester hours in counseling psychology practicum, CPSY 8200. Minimum of 400 clock hours, of which 150 must be direct contact hours, is required. Students may enroll in 9 additional credits of CPSY 8200, CPSY 8300, or a combination of the two courses as electives. No more than a total of 15 practicum or advanced practicum credits will count toward the program requirements. Students entering with a bachelor's degree and no supervised clinical practicum will be required to take 9 hours of counseling psychology practicum (CPSY 8200). These students may count up to 18 credits of practicum or advanced practicum toward the program requirements.

  8. 15 semester hours of Electives in a Concentration

  9. Residency Project and Comprehensive Examinations: Upon completion of the core counseling psychology coursework and a research-based residency project, each doctoral student will complete a written comprehensive examination covering the core counseling psychology domains and an oral examination.

 10. 12 semester hours in Dissertation, CPSY 9000. NOTE: Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

11. 9 semester hours in Predoctoral Internship, CPSY 8800. A full-time one-year internship in Counseling Psychology in an agency approved by the Director of Training is required.

D. Enrollment

The counseling psychology program is a full-time program of study. Students who enter with a master's degree are able to complete the required coursework in three years and complete a one-year internship in their fourth year. Students who enter with a bachelor's degree are able to complete the required course work in four years and complete a one-year internship in their fifth year. Candidates for the PhD degree in counseling psychology are expected to carry a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester. It is necessary to enroll in 12 credit hours per semester (6-9 in summer) in order to complete the program coursework in the expected time periods.

E. Professional Competency

Candidates for the PhD in counseling psychology are specializing in a profession. The PhD degree represents more than the accumulation of the specified number of semester hours credit. The student has responsibility to the public and to the psychology profession to ensure that satisfactory levels of professional and research competencies are attained.

VII. Graduate Certificate in Career and College Counseling

A. Admission to program

  1. Students currently admitted to a graduate program at the U of M or other university in the social or behavioral sciences, or students already holding a graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences, may apply for admission to the Graduate Certification Program in Career and College Counseling.
  2. Non-degree seeking students who hold a bachelor's degree or higher who meet the University of Memphis's graduate school requirements. Students must apply to both the certification program and graduate school as a non-degree seeking student.

Application Process

  1. In state student must submit copy of their Tennessee Bureau of Investigations background check.  http://www.memphis.edu/tep/pdfs/TBI-BackgroundCheck.pdf
  2. Out of state students must submit proof of a commensurate state endorsed background check.
  3. If you are eligible to apply for the certification program
    • Complete the certification application
    • Submit two letters of recommendation from a current or previous employers, and or previous university instructor
    • Student GRE scores
    • A sealed copy of official student transcripts
    • Copy of background check
    • A letter describing the reasons why the student is applying for the certification programs that discusses how the program supports students prior interests and experience and future career goals.
  4. For students with no graduate program experience, a minimum undergraduate grade point of average of 2. 7 5 is recommended for admission at the undergraduate level.

B. Program Requirements

The online program is designed to be completed in one year across four semesters: Summer I & II, Fall and Spring. The classes are designed to build student's knowledge base incrementally and it is recommended that courses are taken in the following sequence

1. General Education including transfer of 19 hour pre-major paths

2. Major Field Core:

  • COUN 7824-8824 College Admission Counseling (3 hours) Summer I
  • COUN 7825-8825 Strategies for College and Career Counseling in K-12 Settings (3 hours) Summer II
  • COUN 7826-8826 School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap (3 hours) Fall
  • COUN 7827-8827 Capstone Course in College and Career Counseling (3 hours) Spring

NOTE: Students concurrently enrolled in the Masters program or working toward school counseling licensure can substitute this capstone course for a Secondary Practicum or Internship class. Students electing this option can expect to spend time in a high school and college setting working alongside the college counselors, academic advisors, and career counselors.

VIII. Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Studies

A. Programs Admissions

Applicants will apply to the specific certificate program (i.e. Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Disabilities Studies). They should submit:

1. transcript of undergraduate degree program and transcripts of prior and current graduate study;

2. three letters of recommendation; and

3. a letter describing reasons for wishing to take a graduate certificate in the area of disability studies and how the program corresponds with prior experience and anticipated career plans.

B. Program Requirements

Required Courses:

COUN 6913 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation (3 Credit Hours)
COUN 6901 Principles and Techniques of Rehabilitation Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
UNIV 7400 Family Disability Law and Practice (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one 3-hour elective from the following list:

ANTH 6531 Alcohol, Drugs and Culture
PLAN 7201 Community Facilities Planning
CJUS 7510 Law and Society
POLS 7111 Issues in Health Services Administration
HADM 7114 Long Term Care Administration
HADM 7115 Public Health Systems
PSYC 7217 Social Psychology
PADM 6208 Mental Health Policy and Law
PADM 7604 Social Science and the Law
SOCI 7411 Social Stratification
SOCI 7512 Deviance and Diversity
COMM 7012 Seminar in Health Communication
NUTR 7212 Applied Nutrition for Health
HPRO 7182 Health Promotion
HPRO 7702 Contemporary Health Issues
HPRO 7703 Lifetime Physical Activity and Health
SPED 7000 Psycho-Educational Problems of Exceptional Children and Adults
UNIV 7796 Independent Study

Total Hours Required: 12

IX. Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies in Education

Program Objectives:

1. The certificate will provide students with an understanding of the epistemological and theoretical groundings associated with qualitative research.

2. The certificate is intended to provide students with knowledge and experience in various qualitative methodologies and methods.

3. The certificate will assist students in constructing their own qualitative research projects following from epistemology -> theory -> methodology -> method ->  analysis/interpretation -> representations -> conclusions.

4. The certificate will increase critical thinking skills in relation to general qualitative scholarship, including prevailing theories, ethical considerations, and emerging perspectives.

5. The certificate will provide space for students to practice different methodologies, methods, and types of representation, including both traditional and creative analytic practices.

6. The certificate program will prepare students to be effective reviewers and critical consumers of qualitative presentations, papers, and journals.

7. The certificate program will provide students with opportunities to practice graduate level instruction so that they will enter the job market with concrete teaching experience.

A. Program Admissions

Students who are currently enrolled in a Doctoral program at the University of Memphis or other universities will be eligible for rolling admission application.

To apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Qualitative Studies in Educational Research, students must fill out the University of Memphis online application. They must also submit the following documents to the qualitative certificate coordinator:

1. a 2-3 page personal essay about their research interests, prior preparation and experience related to the objectives of the program, and their long-­‐range career/professional plans

2. a letter of recommendation from their major professor/committee member supporting the certificate’s requirements of a fully qualitative dissertation

Doctoral* students in good standing will be admitted to the Qualitative Studies in Educational Research Certificate Program on the recommendation of the student's major professor/committee member and subject to a successful review of application materials by the qualitative methodologists in the Educational Research program in the School of Education, Health and Human Sciences. The qualitative methodologists, with consideration of all materials, will make final decisions regarding student acceptance to the program.

*Qualified Master’s students are eligible based on advisor’s recommendation.

B. Program Requirements

The certificate requires 12 semester hours of credit. All students must complete 9 hours of core courses and 3 hours of an elective. For students with substantial proof of scheduling issues, there is the option to make up credits through a 1-­‐3 hour directed readings with the qualitative methodologists or approved qualitative faculty.

1. Required core courses (9 credits):

EDPR 7/8561: Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education

EDPR 7/8562: Designing Qualitative Research

EDPR 7/8565: Qualitative Methods and Analysis

2. Example Electives (3 credits unless otherwise noted)*:

EDPR 7/8563: Applied Qualitative Theories and Methodologies

EDPR 7/8566: Writing Up Qualitative Research (Week-­‐long Summer Retreat)

EDPR 8008: Directed Readings in Qualitative Research

EDPR 8081: Supervised Research in Qualitative Inquiry

ANTH 7/8075: Methods in Anthropology (4 credits)


ANTH 7/8076: Anthropological Data Analysis (4 credits)  

SOCI 7/8320: Seminar in Methods of Social Research

SOCI 7/8325: Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods

COMM 7/8332: Seminar in Communication Research: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

COMM 7/8434: Qualitative Research Methods

PSYC 7/8312: Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology

*We recognize that there are many courses across campus that can enrich our elective selection. However, due to extensive possibilities we cannot list all current and future “potential” electives. Therefore, if a student feels that a course outside of EDPR is appropriate as an elective, we ask that the student fill out the petition for elective form to be reviewed and approved by the qualitative coordinator.                  

C. Graduate Requirements

In order to graduate with the certificate, students must:

1. complete all Certificate Program course requirements with a B or above average

2. complete a fully qualitative dissertation

3. have a qualitative methodologist sit on their dissertation committee

4. submit the Certificate in Qualitative Studies in Educational Research Completion Form online

5. submit appropriate certificate completion form from the University of Memphis graduate school for program coordinator’s signature

 

X. Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Studies in Educational Research

A. Admission

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants 

  • Complete admission to The University of Memphis and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
  • Have a minimum score of (250 computer based or 100 Internet based) on the TOEFL (for students for whom English is a second language).
  • A minimum of a BS/BA in a related field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.

B. Program Requirements

  • Prerequisites: EDPR 7/8541 or equivalent and EDPR 7521 or equivalent. 

Participants complete 15 credits hours of graduate work. Six (6) credits are obtained from completing:

  1. EDPR 7/8542: Statistical Methods Applied to Education (3)
  2. EDPR 7/8511: Introduction to Measurement and Evaluation (3)

And nine (9) credits are selected from: 

  1. EDPR 8549 : Multivariate Methods in Education (3)
  2. EDPR 8544: Application of Multiple Regression (3)
  3. EDPR 7/8531: Computer as a Research Tool (3)
  4. EDPR 7/8543: Research Design and Analysis (3)
  5. EDPR 7/8512: Psychometric theory (3)

C. Progression/Retention

  • All students in the certification program must maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA.
  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required for certification.
  • All courses towards certification must be completed within 3 years.

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