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Administrative Leadership

Online Teaching and Learning
3 credit hours
This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively develop online curriculum and deliver it online. Instruction includes a survey of the history of the distance education movement; types of online learning environments, instructional design strategies, and methods and best practices of teaching and learning online. Discussion is also provided on learning management systems (LMS) and communication management software.
Grant Writing and Proposal Development
3 credit hours
This course examines the variety of federal and private sources for additional funding for educational projects, as well as common strategies for writing grant proposals and managing grant projects. Course activities focus on refinement of writing skills, including development of organizational and goal-setting strategies. Emphasis is also given to developing public relations techniques to cope with the political realities of grant projects.
Historical Development of Leadership Theories
3 credit hours
Details coming soon.
The Politics of Educational Decision-Making
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of how political activities at the federal, state, and local levels impact the administrative decision-making in the unit or institution. It explores strategies for managing political forces to make these activities a constructive component of administration.
Program Planning and Assessment
3 credit hours
Details coming soon.
The Change Process
3 credit hours
The course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the management of the change process with respect to individuals, groups, local community, and the American society with special attention to the needs of the Appalachian region. Drawing on concepts from the psychology of learning, history, geography, human resource management, and sociology, the course looks at how educators and various social and political forces, including government policies and court decisions, interact with local culture to impact individual and corporate human behaviors.
Learning in Adulthood
3 credit hours
This course investigates the adult as a learner with special attention given to the impact that aging has on cognition, visual acuity, auditory ability, social interactions, and self-perceptions. The course further explores the various settings and platforms in which learning takes place. Special attention is given to teaching and leading adults. 
COUN 833
Leadership & Advocacy in Professional Counseling
3 credit hours
This course is a study of various theories and models of professional leadership and advocacy. Students will utilize the knowledge gained to design and implement a structured, criterion-focused advocacy plan addressing a current, topical, political issue effecting professional counselors and the clients they serve. Implementation of the plan will require direct advocacy through face-to-face contact with legislative representatives on behalf of the profession and related stakeholders.
COUN 731
Multicultural Issues in Counseling & Education
3 credit hours
This course is a study of the personal, social, political, affective, and behavioral considerations of diversity, explored through critical reflection. The course utilizes a broad view of diversity which includes factors such as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, ethnic groups, and communities. Multicultural competencies (awareness, knowledge, and skills) in counseling are emphasized. Awareness is centered on understanding the multiple value systems and worldviews that shape a complex and multi-faceted cultural identity. Emphasis is placed on insight gained into one’s own cultural socialization and biases. Knowledge focuses on acquiring accurate understanding of the various cultural groups within our society. Skills relate to providing counseling services to reduce the risk of indirectly or directly oppressing or showing bias in the counseling relationship. Efforts will be made to provide counselors with practical skills, strategies and techniques for use when working with students and clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. This course is designed to invite and encourage students to become ethical; effective advanced multiculturally competent counselor educators, supervisors, and researchers.
BUOL 532
Organizational Behavior
3 credit hours
Either BUOL 532 OR CROL 537 must be completed for the PhD.
CROL 537
Leadership Fundamentals
3 credit hours
Either BUOL 532 OR CROL 537 must be completed for the PhD.

Professional Research

ELRE/OL 734 – Inferential Statistics in Education 3 credit hours
This course focuses on the descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in educational administration. Course activities include the application of statistical methods to research design, as well as an investigation of how these methods can contribute to institutional improvement. Specific concepts include measures of central tendency and variability, probability theory, estimation and significance, and correlation and regression.
ELROL 736 – Dissertation Seminar (taught by CES faculty) 3 credit hours
This course provides guided instruction on the design and writing of a dissertation proposal focused on school-based research. Course activities are intended to strengthen skills in writing, project design, and research methods. Prerequisite: ELROL/LEAR 734; ELSOL/LEAS 730, 732, 830, 835; and ELCOL/LEAC 731.
ELROL 839 – Advanced Educational Research (taught by CES faculty) 3 credit hours
The course is designed to provide doctoral students with an in-depth analysis of the methods and procedures of research used in the various subfields of education. Topics include conceptualizing research designs, writing research proposals, constructing measurement instruments, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and drawing inferences. Special attention is given to making sound decisions regarding the selection of appropriate designs and methods for investigating research questions. The student will develop a proposal that will, upon approval of the student’s advisor and Program Director, serve as the first three chapters of student’s dissertation. <
ELROL 930 – Dissertation (taught by CES faculty) 3 credit hours
This course is an independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to the completion of an original research study under the guidance of the student’s Dissertation Committee. In collaboration with a Dissertation Director and the Dissertation Committee, the student completes a research project, writes the dissertation and prepares for its oral defense.
PSYOL 540 – Biostatistics 3 credit hours
Either PSYOL 540, CROL 533, OR CROL 534 must be completed for the PhD.
CROL 533 – Research, Design & Analytics 3 credit hours
Either PSYOL 540, CROL 533, OR CROL 534 must be completed for the PhD.
CROL 534 – Statistical Applications in Justice Administration 3 credit hours
Either PSYOL 540, CROL 533, OR CROL 534 must be completed for the PhD.

Specialty Area

COUN 733 – Ethical & Legal Issues in CES 3 credit hours
This course examines the professional identity of mental health counselors, counselor educators and supervisors. Students will gain an understanding of professional functioning in a variety of settings. Legal, ethical, and best practice issues encountered by professional counselors will be examined. Prerequisite: admission to the Counselor Education and Supervision program.
COUN 735 – Advanced Counseling Theories & Skills 3 credit hours
This course focuses on the integration of theory and practice for advanced counseling students. Critical analysis of several major theories of counseling/personality will be completed. The course will provide a contextual background for advanced clinical work, understanding of theoretical material, and the ability to conceptualize and apply counseling theory specific to client history, diagnosis and presentation.
COUN 831 – Theories & Techniques of Clinical Supervision 3 credit hours
This course will examine clinical supervision theory and techniques currently used in counseling while introducing students to supervision as a specialty. Focusing on developmental issues of both supervisors and clinicians, this course will study methods that can be used to enhance counselor competency, and issues related to supervising utilizing multiple counseling models.
COUN 931 – Advanced Clinical Practicum 3 credit hours
A 100 clock hour doctoral-level supervised clinical placement in which 40 hours are in direct service with clients. The program may allow a variety of placement options. However, all placements must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to initiation. See the CES Student Handbook for further specifics and necessary practicum documentation materials.
COUN 933 – Advanced Clinical Internship I 3 credit hours
A 300 clock hour doctoral-level supervised experience that includes a variety of activities associated with counselor education and supervision. Examples of activities include: teaching, clinical practice, research and others. The experience may be tailored to the student’s interests and career goals. All placements must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to initiation. See the CES Student Handbook for further specifics and necessary practicum documentation materials.
COUN 935 – Advanced Clinical Internship II 3 credit hours
Advanced Clinical Internship II is a final 300 hour doctoral-level experience. The student may continue the placement from Advanced Clinical Internship I or may choose to work in another professional setting. As in Internship I, activities include: teaching, clinical practice, research and others. Placements are approved by the student’s advisor prior to initiation. See the CES Student Handbook for further specifics and necessary practicum documentation materials.


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