Counseling and Educational PsychologyStephen Benton, Chair
Professors Stephen Benton, Bradley, Hanna, M. Holen, Hoyt, K. Hughey, Newhouse, and Newton; Associate Professors Carroll, J. Hughey, and M. Lynch; Assistant Professors Sherry Benton, C. Jones, and Nutt. Courtesy appointments: C. Barnett, C. Consolvo, Emery, Karim, J. Lynch, Maes, Pallett, J. Robertson, Sinnett, and Werring; Emeritus: Cashin, Danskin, Dettmer, Kaiser, Neely, and Steffen.
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology contributes to the undergraduate teacher preparation program through its offerings in educational psychology and interpersonal relations in schools.
Counseling and educational psychology courses
EDCEP 120. Academic and Career Decisions. (1) I, II. Addresses general principles of academic and career choice through lectures, class discussions, and individual research. Topics include decision-making models and principles; exploration of interests, abilities, and values through assessments; and academic and career investigation using interactive software, library materials, Internet resources, and experimental learning opportunities.
EDCEP 202. Career and Life Planning. (2) I, II. Applies theory and research concerning assessment of interests and career choice-making to individuals' planning and decision-making. Focuses on increasing understanding of the complexities of the world of work and on skills of integrating such understanding with each person's experience, characteristics, motives, and values in the career exploration process. Reviews resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search techniques.
EDCEP 211. Leadership Training Seminar. (2) I, II. General principles of leadership as applied to small groups. Study of the role of the leader, group processes and interaction, defining group goals, and techniques of observation. Workshop and supervision in small group leadership. Pr.: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.
EDCEP 311. Interaction and Guidance for the Paraprofessional. (3) I, II. Application of a systematic approach to interaction skills in a paraprofessional helping relationship. Includes background knowledge of listening skills and practice in emitting skills which influence interaction quality. Pr.: Junior standing or sophomore standing and consent of instructor.
EDCEP 315. Educational Psychology. (3) I, II, S. The application of psychological principles to the teaching-learning process with special emphasis on principles of learning, motivation, information processing, individual differences, and assessment. Pr.: Admission to teacher education, and HDFS 110. Secondary education students must take this course simultaneously with EDSP 323 and EDSEC 376.
EDCEP 502. Independent Study in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Selected topics in professional education. Maximum of three hours applicable toward degree requirements. Pr.: Consent of department chair.
EDCEP 525. Interpersonal Relations in the Schools. 1) I, II. A didactic and experiential course designed to develop an understanding of human relations skills in the schools. Provides knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with students, parents, and school personnel. Particular emphasis is on the basis for interpersonal relations in education, communication skills, the facilitative relationship, working with students in groups, and conducting meetings with parents and school personnel. Pr.: EDSEC 376, EDSP 323, EDCEP 315. Simultaneous enrollment required for EDSEC 477, 500, 520, and EDCEP 525 and EDCIP 455.
EDCEP 711. Middle School Classroom Guidance. (3) On sufficient demand. Techniques of integrating guidance principles for pre- and early teens into a middle school concept; investigation of classroom dynamics for middle school teachers as members of the guidance team; involvement of teachers in model guidance programs. Pr.: EDCEP 315.
EDCEP 715. Principles of Assessment. (3) I, II, S. Principles of development, administration, evaluation, and constructive instructional use of paper-pencil, product, and performance assessments. Focus on norm- and criterion-referenced uses of teacher-made and published measures as an integral part of effective decision making in education. Pr.: EDCEP 315.
EDCEP 721. Mental Health in Schools. (3) S. Examines mental health and risk factors in the context of schools and student learning. Topics include: characteristics and behaviors of at-risk students; and prevention, intervention, and referral strategies to facilitate and promote mental health and a positive learning environment. Pr.: PSYCH 280 or FSHS 110.
EDCEP 786. Topics in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Examination of current topic in specialization of faculty. Varied topics offered each semester so course may be repeated. Pr.: FSHS 110. Consent of department chair.
EDCEP 795. Problems in Education. Credit arranged. I, II, S. Selected students are permitted to secure specialized training appropriate to the needs of the individual. The student's project may involve intensive library investigation in a special field or the collection and analysis of data pertinent to a given problem. All work is done independently under the direction of a faculty member. As many conferences are held as necessary to assure successful completion of a project. Pr.: Background of courses necessary for the problem undertaken, consent of instructor, and consent of department chair.