Ed.S. School Counseling
The Education Specialist program is designed to permit students to achieve a degree level higher than the master's. The major is Education with concentrations available in Administration and Supervision, School Counseling, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. The Psychology department offers one concentration, School Counseling, under the Educational Specialist Programs of Study.
The School Counseling concentration consists of 32 to 33 hours of course work beyond the master's degree.
Required Core (18 - 19 hours):
- EDUC 6500 Curriculum Improvement and Construction (3)
- EDUC 6800 Seminar on Teacher Effectiveness (3)
- EDUC 5612 Computers for School Administrators (3)
- SPED 5550 Trends and Issues in Special Education (3)
- SPED 5750 Classroom Management of Disabled Learners (3)
- PSY 6990 Field Study (4)
School Counseling Concentration Requirements (32 hours):
- EDUC 5010 Curriculum Development: Elementary (2)
- EDUC 5050 Curriculum Development: Secondary (2)
- EDUC 5310 Organization and Legal Foundations (3)
- PSY 5090 Social and Community Psychology (3)
- PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
- PSY 5430 Group Theories and Techniques (3)
- PSY 5725 Internship in School Counseling (6)
Possible changes in Tennessee certification requirements or accreditation may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Coordinator of School Counseling (Dr. Deborah Buchanan) for current information.
Ed.S. Field Study Report
The student must complete a minimum of 30 hours beyond a master’s degree, including a three hour field study. A field study proposal must be approved by the student’s graduate committee chair and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The penultimate draft of the field study report must be approved by the student’s graduate committee chair and be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester in which the student expects to complete degree requirements. All final field study reports must be approved by the graduate dean. It is the student’s responsibility to duplicate four copies of the field study report. Information regarding the duplication and binding of field study reports is available in the College of Graduate Studies office (http://www.apsu.edu/cogs).
Research Involving Humans and Animals
All research concerned with human subjects must be approved by the Austin Peay Institutional Review Board. Most departments with graduate programs have representatives on this review board. Forms for submitting human research proposals and guidance in their preparation are available in the College of Graduate Studies, located in Room 203, of Kimbrough Hall and may be obtained from the web site. All research involving animals must be approved by the University Animal Care and Use Committee. Departments that conduct animal research are represented on this committee. Forms for submitting animal research proposals and guidance in their preparation are available in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, located in Room 06 of the Browning Building.
Several procedural steps are required for the completion of theses, field study reports, and dissertations. The goal of using the following steps is to facilitate a smooth progression throughout the study and writing process. Detailed information and forms are available in the College of Graduate Studies and online http://www.apsu.edu/cogs/forms .
Steps in Completing the Paper
- Select topic for paper with Committee Chair.
- Complete IRB application for conducting research involving human subjects with Committee Chair.
- Register for Thesis/Field Study/Dissertation course and enroll continuously until the manuscript is approved by the graduate school.
- Develop proposal with committee.
- After proposal is approved by committee, collect data and analyze.
- Provide draft copy of completed study to committee for review.
- Once approval is given from committee, schedule oral defense of study.
- After successful defense of study, make any needed corrections/edits, provide a minimum of four copies on watermark paper to the graduate school, and pay fees.