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DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
 
Chair: John V. Dempsey (251) 380-2861
Professors: Daughenbaugh, Davidson-Shivers, Dempsey, Hayes, Johnson, Law, Litchfield, Newman, Robenstine, Strange, Uhlig, Van Haneghan
Associate Professors: Clark, Fregeau, Guest, McIntosh, Robinson, Surry
Assistant Professors: Adams, Haynes, Hunter, Millner, Norris, Steele, Wagner
Instructors: Blaylock, Lewis
 
Department of Professional Studies web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/bset
 
The Department of Professional Studies offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Media, School Counseling, and School Psychometry, the Master of Science degree in Community Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and in Instructional Design and Development, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development.
For certification as a school counselor, school psychometrist or library media specialist by the State Department of Education, one must have completed a basic program in a teaching field. Eligibility for certification requires two years of appropriate professional experience, at least one of which must be in teaching. The initial certificate is good for five years.
 
INTERDEPARTMENTAL EDUCATION
The department provides undergraduate and graduate students in the College with courses in Educational Foundations, Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, and Educational Research, but it does not offer undergraduate or graduate degree programs in these areas. These courses are designed to broaden and strengthen the student's degree-area preparation as a professional educator.
 
COUNSELOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The programs described below are designed to provide for the acquisition of skills and competencies needed by counselors and psychometrists working in educational, agency, and rehabilitation settings.
A grade of “B” or better is required in the professional major sequences.
Counselor educators are ethically required to ensure that students meet academic requirements and demonstrate clinical competencies. Satisfactory progress will be predicated on a combination of factors such as academic success, clinical competence, adherence to ethical standards, and appropriate interpersonal functioning. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory competence within any of these critical areas of professional performance may be terminated from the program. Core faculty will evaluate students on a continuing basis to determine students' satisfactory progression through the program.
 
ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Applications for graduate programs in counseling and psychometry are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are: for Fall admission - June 15; for Spring admission - November 1, and for Summer admission - April 1. Requirements for admission are:
1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.
4. A written statement of the applicant’s career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Master’s program in counseling or psychometry.
5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Verbal, Quantitative, Writing ; or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
6. Requirements for School Counseling and School Psychometry admission include baccalaureate-level or master's-level professional Educator certification in a teaching field.
Applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above.
Final admission decisions involve evaluation of the following: grade-point average; scores on the GRE or MAT; letters of reference; professional experience; the applicant’s statement of purpose; and program enrollment and availability.
Students who are not enrolled for three consecutive semesters must complete all admissions requirements again and be reviewed by the program admissions committee.
 
Comprehensive Examination Type I is required.
The special requirements for completion of the program include demonstration of satisfactory performance in the prescribed curriculum and a written comprehensive examination. For certification in School Counseling or School Psychometry, 2 years of satisfactory teaching experience is required.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR PROGRAM
(39 Semester hours Minimum)
Major Instructional Support Area:
(30 Sem hours)
CED 566, CED 571, CED 572, CED 574, CED 576,
CED 583, CED 584, CED 586, CED 588,
CED 595 Internship (3 semester hours required; 300 contact hours)
 
Related Studies in Educational Foundations*:
(6 Semester hours)
EPY 521, EPY 555
 
School Counselor are required to successfully complete the PRAXIS II Subject Test prior to enrolling in internship.
 
Research in Education Area:
(3 Semester hours)
IDE 510
*SPE 500 Must be taken for 3 additional hours by students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL PSYCHOMETRY PROGRAM
(39 Semester Hour Minimum)
Major Instructional Support Area:
(27 Sem hours)
EPY 555, EPY 556, EPY 557, EPY 558,
CED 560, CED 571, CED 583, CED 584,
CED 596 Internship (3 semester hours required; 300 contact hours)
Related Studies in Educational Foundations
(9 Semester hours)
EPY 521
 
One course from the following:
EDF 501, EDF 515
 
One additional course in CED, EPY or related field.
 
Research in Education Area:
(3 Semester hours)
IDE 510
*SPE 500 Must be taken for 3 additional hours by students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY COUNSELING PROGRAM
(48 Semester Hour Minimum)
Required Major Professional Core:
(42 Sem hours)
CED 560, CED 566, CED 571, CED 572, CED 574,
CED 576, CED 584, CED 586, CED 588,
CED 597 (6 semester hours. required; 600 contact hours)
Required Related Professional Courses
(9 Semester hours)
IDE 510, EPY 521, EPY 555
 
Approved Electives: (6 Semester hours)
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR REHABILITATION COUNSELING PROGRAM
(54 Semester hour Minimum)
Required Major Professional Core:
(51 Sem hours)
CED 560, CED 566, CED 572 , CED 574, CED 575,
CED 576, CED 579, CED 581, CED 584,
CED 585, CED 586, CED 588
CED 598 Internship (6 semester hours required; 600 contact hours)
Required Related Professional Courses:
(9 Semester hours)
IDE 510, EPY 521, EPY 555
 
Approved Electives: (3 Semester hours)
 
For information concerning the national certification examination in Rehabilitation Counseling and the Alabama License for Professional Counselors, contact the Behavioral Studies and Educational Technology Department.
 
EDUCATIONAL MEDIA PROGRAM ONLINE
The Department of Behavioral Studies and Educational Technology offers two programs entirely over the Internet: Alabama Class A Certificate in Library Media with a Master of Education Degree, and Alabama Class A Endorsement in Library Media. These programs prepare students to plan, design, and administer library/media centers and qualify them to serve as School Library Media Specialists/Librarians in K-12 schools throughout Alabama. Because the programs are nationally recognized and accredited, graduates may be able to qualify for S.L.M.S./L. positions in other states.
The online format offers students the flexibility and convenience of taking graduate courses at home, at the office, or wherever they have access to the Internet. The programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library and student services.
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
 
Applicants for the Educational Media program are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are: Fall admission - June 15; Spring admission - November 1; and Summer admission - April 1 . Requirements for admission are (in addition to the general Graduate School Standards):
1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities. In addition, the letters should reference the applicant's dispositions necessary to help K-12 students learn.
4. A letter from the applicant indicating the applicant's goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the field of Educational Media, and the dispositions that make the applicant a good candidate for helping K-12 students learn.
5. Valid Alabama Certification: For the master's degree, an Alabama Class A or B Certificate in a teaching field. For the endorsement only, an Alabama Class A Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area.
6. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the written component (required of all applicants, regardless of previous degrees earned).
 
Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above. Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of reference, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.
 
Students must have access to a computer that contains current Microsoft Office® suite. Specifically, the programs should include Microsoft Word®, Access®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, and Publisher®. Because students will be required to spend a great deal of time searching the Internet, a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.
 
Alabama Class A Certificate in Library Media with a Master of Education Degree (33 semester hours)
Students entering this program must have a valid baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:
1. Completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") on all work attempted. A minimum grade of "B" is required for all EDM courses, and a satisfactory performance is required in each of the internship experiences.
2. Passing a written comprehensive and portfolio examination.
3. Passing a PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialist
4. Having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time application for certification is submitted.
 
I. Educational Media Core Courses (18 semester hours)
EDM 520, EDM 533, EDM 552, EDM 580, EDM 581, EDM 583
Enrollment is limited to Educational Media majors only.
 
II. Internship (3 semester hours)
EDM 595-A, EDM 595-B, EDM 595-C
 
III. Instructional Support Courses (12 semester hours)
EPY 502, EDF 501 or EDF 515, IDE 510, SPE 500 (If a survey course in Special Education was previously taken at the undergraduate or graduate level, an advisor-approved elective may be taken in lieu of SPE 500.)
Alabama Class A Endorsement in Library Media (21 semester hours)
Students entering this program must have a master's degree and a valid Alabama Class A Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area. Program requirements include:
1. Completing the Educational Media Core (21 semester hours) as outlined below, with a minimum grade of "B" in all core courses and a satisfactory performance in each of the internship experiences.
2. Passing a written comprehensive and portfolio examination.
3. Passing the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialist.
4. Having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time application for certification is submitted.
 
I. Educational Media Core Courses (18 semester hours)
EDM 520, EDM 533, EDM 552, EDM 580, EDM 581, EDM 583
Enrollment is limited to Educational Media majors only.
 
II. Internship (3 semester hours)
EDM 595-A, EDM 595-B, EDM 595-C
 
In addition, a survey course in Special Education is required if not previously taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.
 
Students will be required to accumulate a total of 300 contract hours during the internship experience (100 hours in each A, B, and C). Of the 300 total hours, 150 must be accumulated in a P-12 school library media center. Although it is preferred that all internship hours are accumulated in a P-12 school library media center, other settings may be approved such as a public or university library. Internship A MUST be conducted in a school library media center. Of the 300 total hours, at least 100 must be at the elementary level (K-6) and at least 100 at a secondary school (7-12); the remaining 100 may be at the level(s) of choice. The supervising library media specialist must be certified, currently employed as a media specialist, and have at least three successful years as a media specialist.
 
For more detailed information, please visit the University of South Alabama online web site at: http://usaonline.southalabama.edu (click on Academic Information and then Educational Media) or contact: Dr. Mary Ann Robinson, University of South Alabama, College of Education, UCOM 3700, Mobile, AL 36688-0002. Phone: (251) 380-2861; E-mail: mrobinson@usouthal.edu
 
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Master of Science degree program in Instructional Design and Development provides students with the information and skill training to analyze instructional tasks, to design and deliver instructional programs, and to perform evaluative procedures on instructional products and services. The job market potential for graduates of the program includes the management of in-service education in business and industry, health-related institutions and agencies, military agencies, institutions of higher education, K-12 education, and related self-employed activities.
1. Each student will be assigned a major professor and will complete a course-of-study form by the end of the first semester of study.
2. A program committee will be appointed to work with the student.
3. A Master’s Comprehensive Examination will be completed by each student during the student’s last semester.
 
The Master’s program in Instruction Design and Development (ID&D) has both on-campus and online courses. Although not all courses are taught in both formats, students are able to complete the Master's program in one format or the other, or a combination of on-campus or online courses. Using the Internet and other distance learning technologies, the ID&D online program provides an educational opportunity for those who choose to use similar technology that they might employ for delivering educational and training courses after graduation.
Flexibility is the key to the program, and students can complete courses via the Internet following their individual learning schedules during the semester. Students are able to interact directly with their instructor and classmates to obtain subject information, to work on course and team assignments, and to complete examinations via the Internet. In addition, students have direct access to the University Library and advising services.
For more detailed information, please visit the ID&D web site at http://idd.southalabama.edu or the University of South Alabama online web site at http://USAOnline.southalabama.edu or contact: Ms. Gail McLean, IDD Program Secretary, College of Education, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002. Telephone (251) 380-2861; E-mail: gmclean@usouthal.edu
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Applications for the Instructional Design and Development program are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are: Fall admission - June 15; Spring admission - November 1; Summer admission - April 1. Applicants who apply after the deadline may be considered in some cases. Requirements for admission are:
1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities.
4. A statement of the applicant's career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Master's program in Instructional Design and Development.
5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including the writing component.
Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above.
Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of reference, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.
 
INTERNSHIP
Many Instructional Design and Development students complete an internship of a minimum of 240 contact hours. Students must have completed all core courses prior to enrolling for the internship. The internship component is designed to give students practical experience in design, implementation, and/or evaluation of instructional systems.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
To qualify for the M.S. Degree in Instructional Design and Development, candidates must satisfactorily complete the following program with a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 on all course work undertaken. Students must complete a written course of study by the end of their second semester in the program.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.S. DEGREE IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (40 semester hours minimum)
I. Foundational Core Courses (22 semester hours required)
ISD 600, ISD 610, ISD 613, ISD 621, ISD 641, EPY 502, IDE 510, IDE 660
II. Concentration Area (15 semester hours required)
ISD 581, ISD 582, ISD 583, ISD 584, ISD 602, ISD 611, ISD 612, ISD 620, ISD 622, ISD 640, ISD 642, ISD 650, ISD 651, ISD 652, ISD 653, ISD 655, ISD 656, ISD 682, CED 678, EPY 602, EPY 610, IDE 620, IDE 621, IDE 630, IDE 631, IDE 635, IDE 685, IDE 692, MGT 502, MGT 520, MGT 525, SY 512. PSC 580
III. Field Courses (Minimum of 3 semester hours required)
ISD 595, ISD 598, ISD 599
 
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development consists of components in instructional systems design, instructional technology, learning theory, and research and evaluation. Program emphases are: applying instructional systems design procedures in educational program development; developing instructional models for a variety of subject matter areas and educational settings; matching instructional strategies to student learning styles; evaluating, selecting, and integrating new technologies into instructional systems; and utilizing formative and summative evaluation and research in the development and improvement of instructional systems. Graduates of the program will be prepared to function in school districts, colleges and universities, business and industry, health care organizations, and the military with responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Applicants for the doctoral program with a Bachelor's degree or without a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Development or equivalent will be required to complete the Foundational Core courses in the Master's degree in IDD and take a Master's comprehensive exam on the Foundational Core before admission to the regular Ph.D. program.
Applicants with a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Development or equivalent may be admitted to the regular Ph.D. program. After transcript review, however, the admission committee may require additional coursework and/or successful completion of the Master's comprehensive exam.
The Admissions Committee will select the most highly qualified candidates to be considered for admission to the program. A positive effort will be made to identify and recruit minority students into the program. The following must be on file for an applicant to be considered.
1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
2. Official GRE scores, including the writing section, sent by the testing agency to the Registrar.
3. Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
4. A written statement of the applicant’s career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design and Development.
5. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.
The admission decision involves evaluation of the following: the grade-point average on undergraduate and graduate course work, scores on the GRE, letters of recommendation, professional experience, the applicant’s statement of purpose, and the program’s enrollment. Final decisions regarding admission will be based on the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications as well as the program’s ability to accommodate additional doctoral students. Upon acceptance by the College of Education, the applicant will be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for admission. The Dean of the Graduate School will make the final admission decision and notify all applicants in writing of the disposition of their applications. Students are admitted into the Ph.D. program twice per year. The deadlines for application to the Ph.D. program are April 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission. Applicants must apply after the deadline may be considered in some cases.
Requests for application blanks for admission should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 (Telephone: (251) 460-6141 or 1-(800) 872-5247).
Information about the Ph.D. program should be requested from the Coordinator, Instructional Design and Development Program, UCOM 3800, College of Education, the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 (Telephone: (251) 380-2861).
All documents for admission review (i.e., transcripts, test scores or letters of recommendation) must be official and mailed from the home institutions or testing agency directly to the Office of Admissions. Once submitted, documents become the property of the University of South Alabama.
 
PROGRAM
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Instructional Design and Development is designed to provide persons with skills required in planning, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs in a variety of educational settings. The program consists of four major components:
1. the instructional design and development foundation core,
2. research methods and statistics,
3. supporting coursework,
4. completion of a dissertation.
A minimum of 57 semester hours of approved graduate course work is required in the program. A minimum of 40 semester hours of course work must be completed at the University after admission to the doctoral program. Refer to the current Instructional Design and Development doctoral handbook for specific requirements.
The requirements for each of the components in the program in Instructional Design and Development are described below. (Any additional requirements will be determined by the student's doctoral advisory committee.)
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE Ph.D. IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (57 semester hours)
 
Instructional Core (21 semester hours minimum)
EPY 602, ISD 621, ISD 620, ISD 622, ISD 651, ISD 653, ISD 695
 
Research Core (21 semester hours minimum)
IDE 620, IDE 621, IDE 631, IDE 635, IDE 692, IDE 710*, ISD 711*
(* IDE 710 and IDE 711 are 1 semester hour each; must be repeated for three semesters.)
 
Supporting Coursework (minimum 9 semester hours)
Courses must be taken after admission to the Ph.D. program and Foundational Core requirements are complete. Courses must be approved by doctoral advisory committee.
 
Research/Dissertation (minimum 9 semester hours)
Instructional Core and Research Core comprehensive examinations are required before enrolling in research/dissertation hours. No more than 9 research/dissertation hours count toward the semester hours requirement.
 
CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT
Students will be in continuous enrollment in a dissertation research seminar (IDE 710/711) from the time they are admitted into the program until the end of their 6th semester in the program. From the time of admission until the end of their 3rd semester in the doctoral program, students will enroll each academic term for one semester hour of IDE 710, Research Seminar. From the beginning of their 4th semester in the doctoral program until the end of their 6th semester, doctoral students will enroll each academic term for one semester hour of IDE 711, Research Seminar. Doctoral students must enroll in the Research Seminar even if they are not taking any other courses. After successful completion of these research seminar requirements, students may choose to take additional terms of IDE 711 or other coursework. In any case, doctoral students must be continuously enrolled for one semester hour or more to remain active in the program. After admission to candidacy and until graduation, students must enroll each academic term for a minimum of one semester hour of IDE 799, Research and Dissertation. A minimum of 9 hours of dissertation credit is required.
Failure to enroll for any hours during any semester will result in a student being removed from the program. Students who voluntarily withdraw from the program may be considered for readmission. The student will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee under standards in effect at the time the student applies for readmission. The student will need to demonstrate that he or she is current with the research literature in the field. This will require additional work on the part of the candidate.
 
RESIDENCY
Students in the program will complete a minimum of one year of residency during their doctoral studies. Residency is defined as enrollment as a full-time student for a period of two consecutive semesters. Residency is a requirement for admission to candidacy.
 
EXAMINATIONS
Doctoral students are required to successfully complete two major examinations before admission to candidacy.
 
Research Core Examination
This Measurement/Research/Statistics Examination is a one-day examination consisting of a written portion and the analysis of a data set using a computer program of the student’s choice. The purpose of the examination is to verify that the student has developed an understanding of research and statistical skills.
 
Instructional Core Examination
The Instructional Core Examination is a written and oral examination. The purpose of the two-day written portion is to assure that all Instructional Design and Development candidates are prepared in the core areas of the discipline. The two-hour oral examination is intended to review and extend the topics covered in the written parts of the examination.
 
CANDIDACY
Students will be admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development after successful completion of the following program requirements:
1. doctoral advisory committee appointed;
2. program of study established;
3. residency established;
4. Research Core Examination;
5. Instructional Core Examination; and
6. dissertation topic approved.
 
ANNUAL REVIEW
Every doctoral student will be reviewed annually. The purpose of the review is to ensure that each student is making satisfactory progress in the program. Students who are not making satisfactory progress may be required to meet specific performance goals and may be suspended or dismissed from the doctoral program. The Annual Review will include the following criteria:
The student has met with the doctoral advisor at least once per semester.
The student's plan of study is complete and signed by all members of the Doctoral committee and approved by the Director of College of Education Graduate Studies within the first two years.
Student's participation in IDE 710/IDE 711 and other courses is satisfactory.
Doctoral candidate is making steady progress on dissertation prospectus or dissertation investigation.
Student is taking courses on a regular basis and completing them in a timely fashion (a minimum of 15 credit hours per year).
Student is maintaining a satisfactory grade point average (3.0 or higher) and no more than two courses with grades of "C" in his or her entire Program of Studies.
Student does not have an excessive number of incompletes.
 
TRANSFER CREDIT
A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit earned at an approved graduate school may be transferred to the University of South Alabama; however, no prior commitments will be made by the Graduate School or the College of Education concerning approval of the course work to meet requirements in the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design and Development. Recommendations concerning transfer credit will be made by the Doctoral Advisory Committee in light of a student’s total program of study. All proposed transfer credit must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student's Doctoral Advisory Committee. Students in the doctoral program must complete a minimum of 40 semester hours at the University of South Alabama after admission to the doctoral program.
 
IDD DOCTORAL STUDENT HANDBOOK
The Instructional Design and Development Doctoral Student Handbook provides additional information about the program. The latest version of the handbook is available from the Professional Studies department secretary.
 
 
 
 
 
 


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