Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Courses

Graduate Course Listings

The Department of Human Services offers graduate courses in the following areas:

Courses in Counseling (COU)
505. Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling.
A study of the process and practice of rehabilitation counseling including intake, individual assessment, planning and utilization of client and community resources, implementation and follow-up.

507. Vocational Evaluation and Job Placement of Persons with Severe Disabilities.
Exploration of services offered by rehabilitation facilities in working with persons with severe disabilities. Beginning knowledge and skills will be developed in vocational evaluation, work adjustment and job placement.

510. Survey of Abnormalities.
This course includes an introduction to behavioral disorders. Psychological, biological, and social factors in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology are studied.

519. Introduction to Student Affairs.

520. Professional Orientation in Counseling.
An overview of the counseling profession including specialty areas, legal and ethical responsibilities, certification and licensure requirements, and the importance of professional identity.

521. Seminar: Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
A survey of the medical, psycho-social, and legal aspects of alcohol and drug abuse.

522. Family Counseling.
A survey of selected family counseling theories and techniques.

523. Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling.
Orientation to ethical standards and research relevant to ethical behavior of counselors in rehabilitation, mental health and school settings.

524. The School Counselor.
A general survey on the role and responsibility of the school counselor K-12. Prerequisites: Completion of Tier I courses.

525. Vocational and Educational Information.
Career development theories and use of occupational and educational information in counseling.

526. Medical Orientation to Counseling.
A study of physical disabilities and their relationship to vocational counseling and rehabilitation.

527. Couples Therapy.
An in-depth study of the methods and strategies of the major models of couple's therapy.

528. Group Counseling.
Application of group techniques and processes in counseling. Prerequisites: COU 533 and permission of instructor.

529. Child and Adolescent Therapy.
Specialized training in the techniques and strategies in child and adolescent therapy.


530. Crisis Counseling.
This course will provide an overview of roles and responsibilities of human service professionals in crisis intervention. Volunteerism, assessment and case management for crisis situations in educational, community agency, medical, emergency management and human resources will be examined.

531. Theories of Counseling.
A survey of selected counseling theories.

533. Counseling Skills and Techniques.
Application of individual counseling skills to build client rapport and move clients toward change. Prerequisites: COU 520, 531 and permission of instructor. (Grade of B or better to continue in program. May repeat one time).

534. School Counseling Programs.
An in-depth study on the role and responsibilities of the professional school counselor will be provided. The course is designed to provide students with practical experience in needs assessment, program development and implementation, and program evaluation. Students will understand the role of the school counselor as an educational leader and advocate for social justice in the school setting.

535. Multicultural Counseling.
Counseling culturally different clients.

536. Diversity Issues in Student Affairs.
This course provides an introduction to human diversity and its impact on student affairs practices. Some aspects of diversity to be addressed include culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender, appearance and abilities. Identity development models and the effects of privilege, oppression and acculturation on individuals and groups will be explored

537. Organization and Group Dynamics.
In this course, the application of group techniques and processes of groups will be covered. Students will gain knowledge and skills to work in groups, with groups and as a group leader within the field of student affairs.

538. Advanced Group Techniques.
Participation as client and therapist in the application of group counseling techniques. Prerequisite: COU 528.

539. Professional Counseling Practices.
A foundational course in theoretical and applied information on community counseling services that includes a variety of delivery systems, staffing procedures, emergency services, treatment paradigms and collaboration among mental health professionals. Prerequisites: COU 520, 531.

540. Special Studies in Counseling.
A study of current topics in counseling. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

541. Seminar in Research.
A survey of research methods in rehabilitation counseling and vocational rehabilitation. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge, skills, values, and ethics in rehabilitation counseling and the research relevant to current issues.

542. Psychosocial Aspects of Counseling.
Reviews the psychological and social aspects of individuals and family response to disability and chronic illness, including findings of research on the adjustment process and on the relationship of psycho physiological and social variables to the acquisition and maintenance of health and illness/disability.

543. Theories of College Student Development.
This course examines major bodies of theory related to college student development and the contexts in which that development occurs. The course entails course readings, participation in a variety of formats during class sessions, essay writing, conducting a literature review, a group project, and goal setting/reflection.

544. Research and Program Evaluation in Student Affairs.
History, philosophy, purpose and functions of student affairs in varied higher education settings. Student affairs services, issues, problems, and models for designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating student affairs programs.

545. Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs.
An introduction to student affairs practice in higher education. The course will examine the historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of the profession as well as the nature of the work student affairs professionals perform, the skills and competencies underlying the work of student affairs and the professional standards of the profession.

546. Ethical and Legal Issues in Student Affairs.
This course examines ethical issues in student affairs along with ethical decision making models and the CAS Standards.

551 Finance in Student Affairs.
This course is designed to introduce higher education and student affairs professionals to the finance and resource management of higher education. The main objective is to provide leaders and practitioners with an understanding of the key concepts and issues related to federal, state and individual roles in the financing of higher education.

559. Assessment in Counseling.
An in-depth look at the characteristics, use, administration, and interpretation of educational, vocational, and psychological tests as a counseling professional. Emphasis is placed on reliability and validity of tests

581. Interviewing and Helping Skills.
This course will teach you the art of interacting with people both verbally and non-verbally. The skills learned in class can help not only in student affairs but in your personal communication with friends. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the principles of interviewing and on the demonstrated application of these skills by the student.

585. Lifespan Development.
This course is an overview of theory and current research concerning the growth and development of individuals over the lifespan. The major intent of the course is to relate theory and research to present concerns of those who work in the helping professions. Theoretical models related to the cognitive, physiological, psychological, and social development of humans throughout the lifespan are applied to present day situations.

590. Supervision of School Counselors.
An in-depth study on the role and responsibilities of the professional school counselor will be provided. The course is designed to provide students with practical experience in needs assessment, program development and implementation, and program evaluation. Students will understand the role of the school counselor as an educational leader and advocate for social justice in the school setting.

591. Mental Health and Psychopathology Biopsychosocial framework for the study of mental health and mental disorders. Client conceptualization, assessment and treatment planning. Prerequisites: Completion of Tier I courses.

592. Rehabilitation of the Severely Disabled.
An in-depth study of the process of rehabilitation with special emphasis on the case management and service provision to individuals with severe and multiple disabilities.

593. Pre-Practicum.
Participation in critiquing interviewing/counseling skills and supervising skill development.

594. Practicum in Counseling.
One hour individual instruction, One and a half hour group supervision and 16 hours lab are required per week. Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I courses and COU 591 and admission to candidacy and program approval. Course 528 can be taken concurrently with practicum. May be repeated once for an additional three hours credit.

595. Internship in Counseling.
Six hours credit. A post practicum field placement requiring a minimum of 600 clock hours of supervised counseling experience. Placements may include such settings as rehabilitation centers, schools and community agencies. (Pass-Fail) Prerequisites: COU 594 and program approval. *Students must seek approval of Internship Coordinator prior to making contact with a potential intern site.

Courses in Speech Language Pathology (SPH)

500 Aphasia
Language and communication disorders due to neuropathic deficits. Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or consent of instructor and SPH 480.

501 Phonological Disorders
Advanced study of etiologies, symptomatology, evaluation, and remediation of phonological disorders. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

502 Fluency Disorders
Advanced study of the nature, etiology, evaluation and remediation of stuttering.
Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

504 Clinical Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology
3 semester hours, one hour lecture (see 4.4 below) and six hours lab per week. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisites: GPA of at least 3.0 in major courses and approval of screening committee; 25 observation hours.

505 Language Disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Study of the nature, etiology and remediation of language disorders and the study of the patient populations for whom augmentative or alternative communication modalities are needed for successful communication of daily wants and needs, underlying etiologies, symptomalogy, evaluation and therapeutic interventions, including overview and experience with both low-technology and high-technology devices and how to determine when/how these should best be used.

506 Dysphagia
Study of the nature, etiology, evaluation, and treatment of swallowing disorders.
Prerequisites: SPH 233 and graduate standing.

507 Speech Science
Physical bases and processes of the production and perception of speech, language, and hearing, including biomechanics and the source-filter theory of speech production. Prerequisites: SPH 210 and 233.

508 Neuropathologies of Speech
Etiology, symptomatology, assessment (including instrumentation), process involved in arriving at a differential diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention for the dysarthrias and apraxias of speech associated with acquired or progressive neurogenic disorders and diseases.
Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

509 Seminar: Research in Speech-Language Pathology
Advanced study of research techniques in speech-language pathology. Includes evaluation and analysis of research methodologies and experimental designs and integration of high quality evidence-based practices into clinical settings.
Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology and EPS 550.

510 Central Auditory Processing Disorders
A study of APD screening and the treatment approach from the perspective of the speech-language pathologist for development and implementation of an IEP (individual education plan) for auditory processing disorders.
Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

511 Advanced Audiology
Advanced study of audiology, including instrumentation, administration, and interpretation of screening audiometry. Includes study of prevalent types of hearing disorders in children and adults. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

512 Voice Disorders
Advanced study of normal vs. abnormal anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, phonatory, and resonatory systems (including review of source-filter theory) that can lead to various types of etiologies; along with assessment and treatment of the resulting communication impairments. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

515 Craniofacial Anomalies
Advanced study of the abnormal development of anatomy and physiology presented by craniofacial anomalies (including cleft palate) and the resulting articulatory and resonatory problems associated with these impairments. Also covers the assessment and treatment of these disorders. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of speech-language pathology and audiology.

MASTERS COURSES IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (EPS)

535. Multicultural Counseling.
Counseling culturally different clients.

531. Theories of Counseling.
A survey of selected counseling theories.

502. Applied Behavior Analysis.
Functional assessment and data-based treatment for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: EPS 560.

544. Individual Academic Assessment.
The administration and interpretation of tests designed to measure achievement, adaptive and maladaptive behavior, and social/ emotional behavior for use in educational planning and interventions with disabled students.

545. Individual Intelligence Testing.
The administration and interpretation of intelligence tests, report
writing, selection and interpretation of assessment batteries including measures of social/emotional behavior.
Prerequisite: EPS 559.

550. Research Methods.
Advanced study of research procedures.

555. Practicum In Diagnostic Evaluation.
Supervised experience in administration and interpretation of various psycho-educational instruments resulting in written diagnostic evaluation reports or supervised practicum experience providing instruction to children with disabilities. Prerequisites: EPS 545 and consent of instructor

559. Tests and Measurement.
An in-depth look at the characteristics, use, administration and interpretation of educational, vocational and psychological tests. Emphasis is placed on determining reliability and validity of tests.

560. Learning and Cognitive Development.
Learning and Cognitive Development: Study of the basic processes of learning that determine student learning and cognition with emphasis on applications to the instruction or treatment of students with disabilities.

561. Social Basis of Behavior.
Seminar of the effects of the social environment including culture on individual behavior.

563. Individual Case Consultation.
Techniques of individual case consultation in school psychology. Includes consultation with parents, teachers, administrators and other mental health or educational professionals.

565. School Psychology.
Advanced study of consultation, assessments and intervention strategies in the school system. Preparation for National Certification as a school psychologist.

575. Advanced Graduate Studies. Independent instruction. May be repeated under different topics:
Educational psychology topics
Counseling topics
Special education topics
Speech pathology topics

580. Human Neuroscience.
Structure and function of the human nervous system, including an introduction to issues of development and neural dysfunction that can interfere with behavior.

585. Advanced Human Growth and Development.
A study of current research related to emotional, social and mental development.

589*. Thesis Research. Individual study.
Prerequisites:12 semester hours graduate education and permission of major professor.

590*. Thesis Writing.
Individual study. Prerequisites: 589 and permission of major professor.

595. Internship.
A post-practicum field placement requiring supervised exposure to best practices in school settings.

SPE 562 . Instructional Strategies for Exceptional Learners.
Methods of evaluation and remediation of sensory and perceptual deficiencies. Prerequisite: SPE 567.

SPE 567. Trends in Educating Exceptional Children.
An advanced survey course. Emphasis on current research.

VI and O&M Masters Courses

SPE 500 Clinical Practicum in Orientation and Mobility
Offered in the summer. 6 semester hours (5 hours lecture per week; 10 hours one-on-one instruction per week of O&M training under the blindfold). O&M Candidates.
Provides the student with the opportunity to study and practice the skills and concepts needed by individuals who are blind or Visually Impaired to safely travel in all environments.

SPE 515 Foundations in Visual Impairment
Offered in the fall. 3 hours. VI and O&M Candidates.
Class provides a broad overview of various aspects of blindness (e. g. agencies which provide services to persons with visual impairments, psychological and sociological aspects of blindness, history of the field).

SPE 516 Structure and Function of the Visual System
Offered in the summer. 3 hours. VI and O&M Candidates.
Class is designed to familiarize the student with the various parts of the visual system and their impact on the process of seeing. The Functional Vision Evaluation/Learning Media Assessment process is also introduced.

SPE 517 Communication skills for persons with visual impairments
Offered in the summer. 3 hours. VI Candidates.
Requires the student to master uncontracted and contracted braille, Nemeth Code, and rudimentary slate and stylus.

SPE 518 Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills and Concepts
Offered in the spring. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: VI and O&M Candidates.
Body imagery, concept development, spatial awareness and mobility are considered and emphasized.

SPE 519 Low Vision
Offered in the spring. 3 hours. VI and O&M Candidates.
Visual assessment and intervention methods for persons with low vision.

SPE 520 Teaching literacy skills for students with visual impairments
Offered in the fall. 3 hours. Prerequisites: SPE 517, TVI certification, or instructor approval. VI Candidates.
This class examines important areas related to the development of literacy for students with visual impairments. Topics include teaching pre-braille and braille skills, teaching braille to students who also use print as one of their literacy tools, and literacy skills as they relate to students who have multiple impairments.

SPE 521 Teaching the expanded core curriculum to students with visual impairments
Offered in the fall. 3 hours. Prerequisites: certification as TVI or COMS, or instructor approval. VI and O&M Candidates.
The Expanded Core Curriculum includes nine areas: Assistive Technology, Career Education, Compensatory Skills, Independent Living Skills, O&M, Rec & Leisure, Self-Determination, Sensory Efficiency, and Social Interaction. This class provides an opportunity to delve deeper into the importance of the Expanded Core Curriculum and how it should be taught.

SPE 551 The Role of the teacher of persons with visual impairments VI Candidates.
Offered in the spring. 3 hours. Prerequisites: SPE 515, 516, 517, 552.
Formal and informal assessment instruments appropriate for visually impaired students, adaptation of curriculum, adaptation of environments, and teaching techniques for these students.

SPE 552 Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Visual and Multiple Impairments
Offered in the fall. 3 hours. Prerequisites: SPE 516, 517. VI and O&M Candidates.
Students are required to study a wide array of conditions that often accompany vision loss as well as assessment planning, assessment, educational programming considerations, and teaching techniques for students with multiple and visual impairments.

SPE 556 Infancy and early childhood for individuals with visual impairment
Offered in the spring. 3 hours. Prerequisites: SPE 516, certification as TVI or COMS, or instructor approval.
This class provides an in-depth examination of how learning takes place during the first five years of life of children with visual and visual/multiple impairments. It also provides students with vital information about educational programming and intervention strategies that apply to these children.

SPE 558 Practicum in visual impairment
Offered in fall and spring. 3-6 hours. Emergency permit as a TVI or instructor approval required. VI Candidates.
Students are required to complete various assessments including a Functional Vision Evaluation/ Learning Media Assessment ,as well as attend an IEP Team meeting, write IEPs, and complete various other activities that certified TVIs perform. Documentation of at least 170 hours of experience is required.

SPE 570 Special Studies in Special Education- Visual Impairment
Offered each semester. 3 hours (6 hours- taught over two semesters required for M.Ed.). Prerequisites: certification as a TVI or COMS, or instructor approval.
This is the capstone class of the M.Ed. program. In this course, students learn about the process of developing and conducting research in an academic setting. Each student will complete a research project under the direction of a faculty member.

SPE 573 LEADERSHIP IN VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Offered in fall. 3 hours. Prerequisites: certification as a TVI or COMS, or instructor approval. VI or O&M candidates.
Designed to facilitate effective and practical development of leadership qualities, training, advocacy, and program development to improve the lives and/or educational outcomes of children, youth, and adults who are blind or visually impaired. This course will provide training that addresses leadership and program development in the areas of visual impairment.

SPE 593 Intermediate clinical Practicum in Orientation and Mobility
Offered in the fall. 3 hours. Prerequisite: SPE 500, 516. O&M Candidates.
Documentation of 60 hours of practicum experience teaching and observing orientation and mobility services to individuals with a visual impairment, under the supervision of the practicum supervisor.

SPE 594 Advanced Clinical Practicum in Orientation and Mobility
Offered in the spring. 3 hours. Prerequisite: SPE 500, 593. O&M Candidates.
Documentation of 60 hours of practicum experience teaching and observing orientation and mobility services to individuals with a visual impairment, under the supervision of the practicum supervisor.

SPE 595 Practicum in Orientation and Mobility
Offered in the summer or fall. 6 hours. Prerequisites: SPE 500, 593, 594, permission of instructor, and documentation of 120 hours from SPE 593 and 593. O&M Candidates.
Supervised practicum experience requiring a minimum of 350 hours teaching orientation and mobility to individuals with a visual disability.

Doctorate of Philosophy in School & Behavioral Psychology
MTH 525. Applied Nonparametric Statistics.
An introduction to nonparametric analysis of the following:
dichotomous data problems, one and two sample location problems, dispersion problems, and the one
and two way layout. Nonparametric measures of association and basic nonparametric methods in
regression.

EPS 602. Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis.
Functional assessment and data- based treatment for students with disabilities. Special emphasis will be placed on derived stimulus relations. Prerequisite: EPS 502

EPS 623. Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Psychology.
Advanced study of professional, legal, and ethical issues relating to the practice of school psychology, behavior analysis and counseling.

EPS 629. Child and Adolescent Therapy.
Specialized training in techniques and strategies utilized in child and adolescent therapy.

EPS 650. Advanced Research Methods.
Advanced study of research topics, complex experimental designs, and statistical methods.

EPS 651. Multivariate Statistics and Neural Network Data Analysis.
Advanced study of multivariate statistical methods including discriminate analysis, repeated measures analysis, a priori, and ad-hoc procedures. Neural networking procedures will address non-linear data modeling and identifying complex patterns among diversified data types.

EPS 653. Advanced Single Case Research Methods.
This course is an advanced study of the issues and procedures inherent to experimental methodology. The literature informing educational psychology consists of many philosophies and methods. However, scientific inquiry has rules, regardless of philosophy. In this course, students will study those rules, evaluate their use in contemporary literature,
and apply them to their own interests.

EPS 655. Practicum.
Supervised experience in the assessment and intervention of children and families.

EPS 665. School Psychology.
Advanced study of scientific research-based consultation, assessment and intervention in the school system within the context of school reform.

EPS 665. School Psychology. Advanced study of consultation, assessments and intervention strategies in the
school system. Preparation for National Certification as a school psychologist.

EPS 666. Verbal Behavior and Cognition.
A functional/analytic account of elementary language relations and complex private cognitive behaviors and emotional events that include thinking, verbal psychopathologic processes, anxiety, rule formation, and perspective taking. Course concepts apply to educational, psychotherapeutic and social interventions.

EPS 667. Advanced Family Therapy.
In-depth study of the methods and strategies used in working with families, based on relevant empirical research. Includes laboratory practice.

EPS 668. Child and Family Assessment.
Review and practice of standard observational and self-report assessment methods for children and families. Includes laboratory practice.

EPS 670. Advanced Child & Adolescent Therapy.
In-depth study of the methods and strategies used in working with children and adolescents, based on relevant empirical research. Includes laboratory practice.

EPS 671. Severe Developmental Disabilities and Autism.
Etiology, research, characteristics, assessment, and program components related to children and youth with severe developmental disabilities and autism. Study of methods for designing and providing appropriate educational interventions.

EPS 675. Advanced Special Problems. Specialized topics instruction.
In- depth analysis of selected developments in psychology. This course is offered to advanced students who wish to study individual problems in psychological, technological, neurological, social, or philosophical foundations of school
psychology and/or counseling strategies under faculty guidance. May be repeated under different topics.

EPS 685. Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.
Comprehensive overview of etiology, identification (e.g., diagnostic nomenclature, DSM), and interventions for the emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents. EPS 661 History and Systems needs to be added and the course information obtained from the curriculum

EPS 695. Internship. 6 semester hours.
A post-practicum field placement requiring a minimum of 1500 to 2000 hours of supervised exposure to best practices in school setting.

EPS 690. Dissertation.
Variable Credit. A doctoral dissertation is required for partial fulfillment of the degree. This reflects an original, scholarly contribution to the research literature relevant to school psychology and child and family issues. Students will work closely with the chair of their supervisory committee to formulate dissertation ideas. Students will register for this course a minimum of three times.


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