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Graduate Catalog 2010-2011 
    
Graduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education and Psychology


Dean: John Wesley Taylor V

Faculty: Risper Awuor, Krystal Bishop, Charles D. Burks, Myrna Colón, Robert Coombs, Ileana Freeman-Gutierrez, Colleen Mitchell, Carleton L. Swafford, John Wesley Taylor V, Ruth WilliamsMorris

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is to prepare effective Christian professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service in a diverse society.

Degrees Offered

The School of Education and Psychology offers a Master of Science degree with two emphases in Counseling and a Master of Science in Education degree with four emphases.

The emphases in Counseling are:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

The emphases in Education are:

  • Inclusive Education (hybrid)
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Literacy Education
  • Outdoor Education (hybrid)

Delivery Formats

Most graduate courses in the School of Education and Psychology are offered in a face-to-face format. Certain courses, however, are offered in online, hybrid, and/or intensive seminar formats. For online course availability and more information visit http://online.southern.edu or contact the Southern Online office at 423.236.2087.

General Information

Admission

  1. GPA Requirement: A minimum of 3.25 grade point average on the undergraduate level or a 3.00 average (with no grade lower than a B-) on a minimum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit is required.
  2. TOEFL: International students whose language of education is not English must submit their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test is required for regular admission.
  3. Statement of Purpose Requirement: Prior to the faculty interview (see program-specific requirements), candidates are to complete a written “Statement of Purpose” regarding their motivation for joining the particular graduate program and what they hope to gain from the program. Guidelines are available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  4. Self-Assessment: Applicants are to complete a self-assessment of the proficiencies embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  5. Background Check: Applicants must submit evidence of having passed a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check and affirm that they are not registered sex offenders on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. Legal declaration and waiver forms are available from the School of Education and Psychology. If the applicant is currently working in a state other than Tennessee, a TBI-comparable background check from that state must be submitted.
  6. Admission Approval: Receive program admission approval from the SEP Graduate Council.

Regular admission may be granted when the applicant meets all admission requirements, including program-specific requirements. Individuals who lack a general graduate or program-specific requirement may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. In terms of GPA, individuals with an overall undergraduate grade point average of less than 3.25 may be considered for provisional admission if the grade point average of their upper division (300- and 400-level) courses exceeds a 2.75. Provisional acceptance may not extend beyond 9 credit hours, and is not extended to international students.

Transfer students seeking admission to a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology may be granted provisional status if their incoming graduate GPA meets the minimum criterion of 3.00. Regular admission status may be granted upon successful completion of six hours in the area of emphasis (with a 3.00 average GPA and with no grade lower than a B-) and upon recommendation of the emphasis coordinator.

Credits taken while an individual is under “non-degree status” will be counted as “transfer credit” toward a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology.

Admission to Candidacy

In order to enroll in Clinical Internship, MS in Counseling students must be admitted to candidacy. MSEd students must be admitted to candidacy in order to progress beyond the completion of 24 credit hours in their program. In order to be admitted to candidacy, a graduate student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Application: Submit an application to candidacy.
  2. GPA: Maintain a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00.
  3. Self-Assessment: Submit a completed Candidacy Admission Self-Assessment of the proficiencies embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  4. Program Survey: Submit a completed Program Survey. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  5. Dispositions Assessment: Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an evaluation of proficient or higher on each of the core areas identified on the Dispositions Assessment form.
  6. Research Proposal: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the components of the research proposal developed in the corresponding graduate research course.
  7. Professional Membership: Present documentation of membership in a professional organization.
  8. Admission Approval: Receive approval for Admission to Candidacy from the SEP Graduate Council.

Program Completion

In addition to general Southern graduate admission requirements and any program-specific requirements, candidates must fulfill the following School of Education and Psychology requirements in order to attain program completion:

  1. Application: Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and Advisement Office two months prior to anticipated graduation date.
  2. GPA: Complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below C will not be counted for credit toward the Master’s degree.
  3. Self-Assessment: Submit a completed Program Completion Self-Assessment of the proficiencies embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  4. End of Program Survey: Submit a completed End of Program Survey. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  5. Dispositions Assessment: Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an evaluation of proficient or higher on each of the core areas identified on the Dispositions Assessment form.
  6. Position Paper: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the components of the program-specific position paper.
  7. Internship Evaluation: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the components of the Fieldwork/Internship Evaluation.