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DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
 
Chair: Brenda C. Litchfield (251) 380-2861
Professors: Davidson-Shivers, Dempsey, Hayes, Johnson, Litchfield, Robenstine,
Strange, Surry, Van Haneghan
Associate Professors: Clark, Fregeau, Guest, Lewis, Millner, Smith, Stefurak
Assistant Professors: Pope
Instructors: Tashbin
 
Department of Professional Studies web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/profstudies
 
DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
The Department of Professional Studies offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Media (leading to certification in Library Media), and in Counselor Education in an educational setting leading to certification in School Counseling, and the Master of Science degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The department also offers the Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development.
For certification as a school counselor, 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. See specific requirements for each program. The initial certificate is valid for five years.
 
INTERDEPARTMENTAL EDUCATION
Faculty within the department offer foundational coursework in Education Technology, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, and Educational Research. These courses are offered for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the college and are designed to broaden and strengthen degree-area preparation.
 
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN CLINICAL AND COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Professional Studies in the College of Education and the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. This program is designed to prepare professionals to provide the most effective types of psychological care for individuals and communities. The graduates of this program will have a set of competencies that will enable them to work successfully with a variety of professionals for the purpose of health promotion and to treat mental disorders. Please see the full program description under the heading of "The Graduate School" for more information.
 
COUNSELOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The programs described below are designed to provide for the acquisition of skills and competencies needed by counselors working in educational, and agency 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. Other policies, procedures, and guidelines are addressed in the Counselor Education Graduate Student Handbook.
 
ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
The curriculum for the Counselor Education program begins each summer semester and proceeds in a sequenced manner. Applications for graduate programs in counseling are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are: for Fall admission - May 15; for Spring admission - October 1, and for Summer admission - March 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. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.
4. A typed double-space statement of 3-5 pages in length regarding the applicant’s career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Master’s program in counseling.
5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
6. Resume
7. Requirements for School Counseling admission include baccalaureate-level or master's-level professional Educator certification in a teaching field.
8. Applicants whose application portfolio are deemed to be acceptable are required to participate in an interview by counseling program faculty.
Applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, 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; interview by counseling faculty and program enrollment and availability. All new students are required to attend the Counselor Education Graduate Student Orientation in the first semester following admission to one of the programs.
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, 2 years of satisfactory teaching experience is required.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING
(48 Semester hours Minimum)
Major Instructional Support Area:
(36 Semester hours)
CED 565, CED 566, CED 572, CED 574, CED 576, CED 582
CED 584, CED 586, CED 588, CED 591
CED 595 Internship (6 semester hours required; 600 contact hours)
 
School Counselors are required to successfully complete the PRAXIS II Subject Test prior to enrolling in internship.
 
Related Studies in Educational Foundations*:
(6 Semester hours)
EPY 521, EPY 555
 
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 CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
(60 Semester Hour Minimum)
Required Major Professional Core:
(39 Semester hours)
CED 560, CED 562, CED 566, CED 571, CED 572, CED 574,
CED 576, CED 584, CED 586, CED 588, CED 592
CED 597 (6 semester hours. required; 600 contact hours)
Required Related Professional Courses
(9 Semester hours)
IDE 510, EPY 521, EPY 555
 
Approved Electives: (12 Semester hours)
 
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling at USA requires a minimum of five courses (15 hours) with grades of “A” or “B”. The student may choose from a list of courses to meet requirements for the certificate that provides specific training in the individual's area of counseling emphasis. The student will work with the program director/and or advisor to develop the best plan possible to meet career goals. Admission requirements are as follows:

 
  1. A master's degree in Counseling or Counselor Education
  2. Three letters of recommendation from profession references
  3. valid scores on the Graduate Record Exam or Miller's Analogies Test.
  4. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  5. A professional resume.
  6. A personal statement describing their career goal(s) and how the certificate program will further these goals.
  7. An interview

 

 
 
EDUCATIONAL MEDIA PROGRAM ONLINE
The Department of Professional Studies offers two options entirely over the Internet: Master of Education Degree with Certification in Library Media, and Alabama Class "A" Certification in Library Media. These options prepare students to plan, design, and administer school libraries and qualify them to serve as school librarians in P-12 schools. Because the programs are nationally recognized and accredited graduates may be able to qualify for certification in states other than Alabama.
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.
Satisfactory progress in the program will be predicated on a combination of factors such as academic success, demonstration of competence in requisite skills, adherence to ethical standards, and appropriate interpersonal functioning. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory competence with 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.
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applications for the Educational Media program are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are: Fall admission - June 15; Spring admission - December 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 P-12 students learn.
4. A two page narrative 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 P-12 students learn.
5. For the master's degree, baccalaureate-level or master's level VALID Certificate in teaching field. For the endorsement only, a master's level VALID Certificate in a teaching field or another area of instructional support.
6. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Analytical Writing component (required of all applicants, regardless of degrees and certificates previously earned).
7. A resume with a chronology of professional employment.
 
Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, 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 recommendation, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.
 
Students entering this program must have access to a computer that contains the 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.
 
Master of Education Degree with Certification in Library Media
(33 semester hours)
Students entering this program must have 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 the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialist
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 510 or EDM 520, EDM 533, EDM 552, EDM 580, EDM 581, EDM 583
With the exception of EDM 510, enrollment is limited to Educational Media majors only.
 
II. Internship (3 semester hours)
EDM 595-A (prerequisite EDM 581), EDM 595-B (prerequisite EDM 580), EDM 595-C (prerequisite EDM 583). See additional information below.
 
III. Instructional Support Courses (12 semester hours)
EPY 502, 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" Certification in Library Media (21 semester hours)
To be eligible for admission to this program, students must have a valid Alabama master's level certification in a teaching field or a valid master's level certification in another area of instructional support and must have completed the equivalent graduate course work listed under Instructional Support Courses for the master's degree (12 semester hours). 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 510 or EDM 520, EDM 533, EDM 552, EDM 580, EDM 581, EDM 583
With the exception of EDM 510 enrollment is limited to Educational Media majors only.
 
II. Internship (3 semester hours)
EDM 595-A (prerequisite EDM 581), EDM 595-B (prerequisite EDM 580), EDM 595-C (prerequisite EDM 583) See additional information below.
 
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 three internships: A, B, and C (100 hours in each). Of the 300 contact total hours, 150 must be accumulated in a P-12 school library. Although it is preferred that all internship hours are accumulated in a P-12 school library, other settings may be approved such as a public or university library. Internship A MUST be conducted in a school library. Of the 300 total hours, at least 100 must be at the elementary level (K-6) and at least 100 at the secondary level (7-12); the remaining 100 may be at the level(s) of choice. It is the students' responsibility to initiate the internship experiences by: identifying potential sites and obtaining on-site administrative approval. Final approval of internship arrangements will be made by program faculty. 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 Educational Media Online program website at: http://USAonline.southalabma.edu/ (click on Academic Information and then Educational Media) or contract Ms. Glenda Carpenter, University of South Alabama, College of Education, Department of Professional Studies, UCOM 3800, Mobile, AL 36688-0002. Telephone (251) 380-2861; E-mail: gcarpenter@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 Instructional 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 and 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 assessments 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://www.southalabama.edu/coe/bset/idd/ or the University of South Alabama online web site at http://USAonline.southalabama.edu or contact: Ms. Gail McLean, 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. 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 or the MAT.
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.
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 complete all foundational 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 and must have prior approval of the internship coordinator and the student's advisor.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
To qualify for the Master's Degree in Instructional Design and Development, candidates must satisfactorily complete the following program with a minimum grade of "B" or better on all course work. Students must complete a written course of study by the end of their first semester in the program.
Students must successfully complete a 1-hour oral comprehensive exam. The exam may be taken only two times.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.S. DEGREE IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (33 semester hours minimum)
I. Foundational Core Courses (21 semester hours required)
ISD 610, ISD 613, ISD 621, ISD 641, EPY 502, IDE 510, IDE 660
II. Additional Requirements (9 semester hours required)
ISD 581, ISD 640, ISD 653
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 from a program deemed to be equivalent by the admissions committee will be required to complete the Foundational Core courses in the Master's degree in IDD and take a qualifying exam on the Foundational Core. Students must satisfy all Foundational Core requirements with a "B" or better and pass the qualifying examination. In addition, the applicant's progress and preparation for advanced work will be reviewed by a committee that will make a decision for or against 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. Any additional pre-requisite coursework will be indicated in the acceptance letter.
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 or the MAT, 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.
6. Curriculum vita
The admission decision involves evaluation of the following: the grade-point average on undergraduate and graduate course work, scores on the GRE or the MAT, letters of recommendation, professional experience, the applicant’s statement of purpose, and the program’s current 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 for admission. Admissions will notify all applicants in writing of the disposition of their applications.
Requests for application forms for admission should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 (Telephone: (251) 460-6141 or 1-(800) 872-5247) or downloaded from the university website http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/gradrequire.html.
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 60 semester hours of approved graduate course work is required in the 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 (60 semester hours)
To qualify for the Doctor or Philosophy Degree in Instructional Design and Development candidates must satisfactorily complete the following program with a grade of "B" or better in all coursework.
 
Instructional Core (24 semester hours minimum)
EPY 602 or ISD 614, ISD 612, ISD 620, ISD 622, ISD 640, ISD 651, ISD 653, ISD 695
 
Research Core (21 semester hours minimum)
IDE 620, IDE 621, ISD 623, IDE 630, IDE 631, IDE 635, IDE 710, IDE 711
(IDE 711 is 1 semester hour; must be repeated for three semesters.)
 
Supporting Coursework (minimum 6 semester hours)
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
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 may 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 Research Core 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, measurement, evaluation 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. The written exam must be passed in order to sit for the oral exam. The Instructional Core Exam may be taken only two times.
 
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.
 
TRANSFER CREDIT
A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit earned at an approved graduate school may be counted toward the Ph.D. plan of study. The credit is approved only after completion of a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit at the University of South Alabama and the student must be in regular status. 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. Only courses with "A" or "B" grades are acceptable for transfer and must be from a regionally accredited institution.
 
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 or online. In addition to basic information about the program, the IDD Doctoral Handbook includes specific information on requirements doctoral students must complete.
 
 
 
 
 
 


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