Dec 11, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Counseling and Psychology


Barry S. Stein, Chairperson

Departmental Graduate Faculty: Jann D. Cupp, Sherrie M. Foster, Mark Anthony Loftis, Chad Luke, Laura Yvonne Malone, Barry S. Stein, Sandra Terneus, Zachary Wilcox, Matthew J. Zagumny, Marissa Hartwig, Tammy Dukewich, Kevin Harris.

 

Department of Counseling and Psychology Web Site

Departmental Overview

A primary purpose of the department is to offer strong academic programs in the preparation of counselor education and educational psychology. Graduate programs are offered at both the Master of Arts and Specialist in Education levels in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education, with a number of concentrations available in each of these programs. The degree programs in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education each consist of a counseling concentration, appropriate cognate area, and a research component. Concentrations are available in:

  • Agency Counseling (Ed.S. level ony)
  • Case Management and Supervision (Master’s level only)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Mental Health Counseling (Master’s level only)
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology

Counseling and Psychology Fast Track Program

The Fast Track program is designed to enable Tennessee Tech undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework in Counseling and Psychology while still pursuing their undergraduate degree and to transition to the Counseling and Psychology graduate program smoothly, with accelerated completion.

Up to six (6) hours of graduate coursework can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. These courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University.

The minimum admission requirements for participating in the C&P Fast Track Program are:

  • Enrolled as a Tennessee Tech undergraduate Psychology major with senior standing.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 or better.
  • Approval from the student’s undergraduate advisor and two other upper division psychology faculty at TTU who have been the student’s instructor for at least one course at TTU.
  • Course approval from C&P graduate faculty or graduate faculty advisor.
  • All requirements for full admission to Graduate School must be met upon graduation.

Program participants should consult with their undergraduate and/or future graduate advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take and must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their M.A. program of study. Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course during their senior year (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast Track program and complete their B.S. degree in a normal manner.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Fast Track program. Students who meet the above minimum admission requirements must apply to the Department for admission to the Fast Track program. The department’s graduate committee will review the application and make a decision for approval.

Master of Arts Degree Admission Requirements

Students pursuing graduate study in the Department of Counseling and Psychology can select from among several concentrations that are designed to lead to licensure in the State of Tennessee or that lead to non-licensure degrees.

Admission Criteria

The Department offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who have the disposition to be successful in their concentration. The recommended admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, usually a minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Enough undergraduate training in psychology to do graduate work in the chosen concentration.
  4. Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.
  5. A score of 400 (old format) or 146 (new format) on the verbal portion, and 400 (old format) or 140 (new format) quantitative portions of the GRE® General Test (GRE) along with a 4.0 score on the analytical writing portion. Students who have successfully completed TTU’s Fast Track program and meet all other requirements for admission to graduate school may be exempted from taking the GRE.

Satisfying recommended standards, however, does not guarantee your admission. Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors, including an interview to evaluate dispositions for professionals in the chosen concentration.

Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of nine (9) hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission. To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the nine (9) semester hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to level 9 in FLS.

Master of Arts Degree Requirements

For all M. A. degree programs there is a core research requirement, including educational statistics, educational research, and either a problems course or a thesis, the hours ranging from six (6) to 12 hours for this research component. At least 70% of the courses taken toward the degree must be at the 6000 level or above.

Research Requirements for Master’s Degree in the Department of Counseling & Psychology
 

Non-thesis Option  
  Required Courses Semester Hours
  EDPY 6310  or EDPY 7310   3
  EDPY 6930   3
  Guided Elective 3
     
Thesis Option  
  Required Courses Semester Hours
  EDPY 6310  or EDPY 7310   3
  FOED 6920  or EDPY 7900   3
  EDPY 6990   6

 

Specialist in Education Degree Admission Requirements

Students pursuing graduate study in the Department of Counseling and Psychology can select from among several concentrations that are designed to lead to licensure in the State of Tennessee or that lead to nonlicensure degrees. 

Admission Criteria

The department offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who have the disposition to be successful in their concentration.  The minimum admission requirements are:

A Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Satisfactory graduate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Enough graduate training in psychology to do advanced graduate work in the chosen concentration. 

Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.

A score of 400 (old format) or 146 (new format) on the verbal portion, a 4.0 score on the analytical writing portion, and a preferred score of 400 (old format) or 140 (new format) quantitative portions of the General Record Examination (GRE).

Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission.  Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors, including an interview to evaluate relevant dispositions for professionals in the chosen concentration. 

Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of nine hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission.  To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the nine semester hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to level 9 in FLS.

Specialist in Education Degree General Requirements

The program of study leading to the Specialist in Education degree (Ed. S.) will be designed for each student so as to achieve proper balance between the experiences required for training as a specialist and those required for development as a professional working with others. The program will therefore be tailored to serve the needs and objectives of the individual student.

If a student lacks not more than 12 semester credits on the master’s degree, the student may accumulate a maximum of 9 semester credits to be counted toward the Ed. S. degree provided the student (i) has been approved for tentative Ed. S. admission by the Graduate School, (ii) has a departmentally approved program of study, and (iii) fulfills all requirements for the master’s degree within two (2) consecutive semesters.

A minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, in approved upper-level courses, will be required in the Ed. S. program. At least 15 semester hours must be taken in courses numbered at the 7000 level; no course below the 6000 level shall be counted for credit unless written approval is obtained from the student’s advisory committee, the chairperson of the department in which the student is majoring, and the Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Although a thesis is not required in the specialist program, the student is expected to become well acquainted with research in the field of specialization and to demonstrate competence in research methodology. In order to satisfy these expectations, the student must earn at least three (3) semester hours in courses of a laboratory and/or field experience nature and three (3) semester hours in an independent study project.

Transfer and Other Credit

Each candidate for the Ed.S. degree must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours credit at Tennessee Technological University.

A maximum of six (6) semester hours of transferred work with a minimum grade of “B” in each course may be included in the student’s program of study. Such work must have been completed at an accredited institution which offers the Master’s, Specialist’s and/or Doctor’s Degree (for a list of accrediting agencies recognized, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website). Credit earned through correspondence or extension courses will not be accepted toward the Ed.S. Degree.

Credit by special examination is not permitted at the graduate level; however, special examinations to determine competency or proficiency in courses where credit has already been earned but is currently out-of-date may be permitted during a period of up to three (3) consecutive semesters immediately following the six-year time limitation. Special examinations may also be permitted to validate transfer credit, but the credit must be originally earned as graduate credit and not undergraduate credit.

Other Regulations

In addition to these specific requirements for the Specialist in Education Degree, all candidates will be expected to comply with general regulations of the Graduate School. (See Regulations and Degree Requirements in previous sections of this catalog.)

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements - see specific College or Department

Programs

Master of Arts

Specialist in Education