EDGN 509 Situating Yourself as a Scholar Practitioner and Teacher Leader (3 credits)

This course designed to provide teachers and counsellors with a background and understanding of educational research such that they will become critical consumers and effective implementers of research in the classroom. Through first examining one’s own positionality, and the impact this has on our own pedagogical practice, students will explore concepts from several research paradigms (e.g., positivism, interpretivism, pragmatism, critical theory), as well as more teacher and classroom-specific approaches (e.g., action research) particular to the field of education. Considerable time will be devoted to reviewing published peer-reviewed research articles in order to investigate the extent to which educational research is used to inform educational decision-making at both the policy and individual classroom level, and for those in the counseling program, decisions prospective counsellors must make when considering their roles and responsibilities when working with schools, teachers, students and their families. This course will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills needed to read, design and interpret research, especially as that research relates to current issues impacting the educational contexts within which educators work.

EDCG 511 Program Assessment, Evaluation, and Grant Writing (3 credits)

This course addresses program assessment and evaluation as well as grant writing. In this course students will learn about the characteristics of program assessment and evaluation. Moreover, in this course students will learn about and become familiar with the grant writing process.

EDCG 513 College Student Development (3 credits)

This course will introduce candidates to theories of college student development and the processes by which they occur. Factors that impact student development will be discussed and application of theory to practice to maximize student learning in college settings will be fostered.

EDCG 516 Introduction to Student Affairs Practice (3 credits)

This course provides candidates with an overview of college student services with a specific focus on the various functional areas in the field. Additionally, this course outlines key information about organization and administration of student affairs and services, including assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, and resource acquisition and allocation.

EDCG 517 Educational and Career Counseling in Higher Education (3 credits)

Theoretical approaches, resources and techniques utilized in assisting individuals to make their educational and career choices.

EDCG 521 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credits)

Fundamentals of counseling: theoretical approaches, the counseling process, and cross-cultural perspectives.

EDCG 523 Group Process and Leadership (3 credits)

Group counseling: foundation process, techniques and application; lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: EDCG 521.

EDCG 526 Microskills in Counseling (3 credits)

An emphasis on counseling knowledge and skills. Includes in-class monitored practice. Prerequisite: EDCG 521. (Graded P/NC only).

EDCG 528 Practicum (3 credits)*

Supervised field placement in a postsecondary setting, with 150 (CSP) field hours required. Candidates must be supervised by an experienced professional with an appropriate credential. Each student will be involved in on-site experiences which include the application of theory to practice. Approved fieldwork application required. Prerequisites: EDCG 521, 523, 526, 516 and 517.

EDCG 535 Field Studies in College Student Personnel (2 credits)*

Supervised field experience in student services departments and programs in a postsecondary setting under the supervision of an experienced college student personnel professional. Required number of hours: 150. Prerequisite: EDCG 528. Approved fieldwork application required. (Graded P/NC only).

EDCG 566 Leadership and Organizational Change in Higher Education (3 credits)

The course is designed to develop an understanding of management and leadership theories, concepts, group processes, decision making, and planning. A variety of leadership styles and practices which influence student and employee performance will be reviewed in these topical areas: power and influence, delegating, trust-building, vision and mission development, setting and fulfilling professional and/or personal objectives, situational, visionary and transformational leadership, impediments to leader effectiveness, organizational culture and principles of shared leadership.

EDCG 581 Diverse Perspectives in Education and Culturally Proficient Leadership (3 credits)

This foundational course explores the history of diversity and multicultural education, and introduces the conceptual framework of Cultural Proficiency as a lens for counselors in promoting equitable practices for all students in educational settings. An exploration of candidates’ self- identity, beliefs and values, and the impact on their roles as counselors, advocates, and leaders in diverse and inclusive educational settings will be conducted.

EDCG 582 Law and Ethics in Higher Education (3 credits)

This course provides an examination of the major legal and ethical issues confronting student affairs professionals and other administrators in higher education settings. Federal regulations and mandates, constitutional issues, tort liability, and contractual relationships will be covered. Ways of making practical decisions that are legally and ethically sound are examined.

EDCG 583 Professional Development in Practice (1 unit)

Seminar on professional development opportunities and attendance at professional conference.

EDCG 584 College Student Retention and Success (3 credits)

This course addresses: the history of college student retention and success in the United States; retention and success theories; and the retention trends and issues of four-year and two-year institutions. Specifically, this course emphasizes the retention and success of diverse student groups. Moreover, this course examines how retention and success is tracked and measured and practices and programs that contribute to the retention and success of all students.

EDCG 5ST Special Topics in College Counseling (3 credits)

This course will provide candidates with content knowledge on a special topic in college counseling. In particular, this course will focus on contemporary and relevant information pertaining to trends and necessary information revolving around higher education and student affairs.

* These courses, which require field hours, are to be taken at or near the end of the program.