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EDSC 5310   (3-3-0)   Introduction to School Counseling

An in-depth introduction to comprehensive developmental counseling and guidance programs in schools. The emphasis is on a learner-centered process that includes planning, implementing, evaluating, and modifying a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program. Introduction to personal work in terms of philosophy, principles, services, and standards of professionalism. Standards of conduct, ethical codes and the law will be reviewed. Professional organization guidelines, standards of preparation and role identity will be examined.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 5311   (3-3-0)   Developmental Psychology

A study in developmental psychology which focuses on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development from conception to death within the context of basic theories of development.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6010   (3-3-0)   Defense of Degree

Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Degree seeking students in the College of Education will be expected to present their Defense of Degree to the Educator Preparation Board for assessment as evidence of program success during their final semester. Candidates are to follow the Defense of Degree guidelines provided by the College of Education   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: In final semester of graduate study.

EDSC 6012   (3-3-0)   School Counselor TExES Seminar

This course is designed to help candidates prepare for the School Counselor TExES Examination of Educator Standards (TExES). The seminar will focus on content and sample questions from the authorized preparation manual for the school counselor state examination distributed by Pearson Testing Service and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Information will also be utilized from other appropriate resources. Candidates must score a minimum of 85% on two of the School Counselor TExES practice tests in order to be authorized by the College of Education to take the state TExES School Counselor examination.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Practicum I for School Counseling and a minimum of 27 hours.

EDSC 6308   (3-3-0)   The School and Multicultural Society

An examination of the distinctive purposes and functions of education in the social order. Historical and contemporary issues related to multicultural, disabled, and other special populations are emphasized and their significance for education is identified.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online, May Mini-Term, August Mini-Term.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: EDUC 6308

EDSC 6309   (3-3-0)   Curriculum Organization for Guidance Programs

A comprehensive study of developmental counseling and guidance programs in schools with the emphasis on perspective, content, organizational framework, and resources. Students apply procedures for setting goals, solving problems, and integrating information within the counseling and guidance process. Professional issues such as ethics and associations as they specifically relate to school counseling are included. This course covers a study of the Texas model for program and curriculum development for grades PK through 12.   

  • Offered: Fall, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6310   (3-3-0)   Pre-Practicum for School Counseling

A comprehensive study of the foundation of counseling in schools with an emphasis on perspective, content, organizational framework, and resources. Students will demonstrate counseling and communication skills through a variety of simulations. Open only to students in the Master of Education in School Counseling Program.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: EDSC 5310, COUN 5312 and 12 additional hours in the School Counseling Program. Open only to student in the Master of Education in School Counseling Program.

EDSC 6311   (3-3-0)   Administration of Guidance and Counseling

A global study of the nature, formation, and implementation of campus-wide and district-wide comprehensive developmental guidance programs. This course will include a comprehensive study of developmental counseling and guidance programs in schools with an emphasis on perspective, content, and organizational framework. The candidate will develop skills in the implementation of campus-wide and district-wide comprehensive developmental guidance programs. All aspects of counseling and guidance are studied to prepare the candidate to be a school counselor, lead counselor, campus administrator of counseling and guidance services, and central administrator of counseling and guidance services.   

  • Offered: Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6312   (3-3-0)   Appraisal in Counseling and Development

Focuses on the principles of appraisal to facilitate student progress. This course covers the organization, planning, management, and evaluation of comprehensive school testing programs.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6313   (3-3-0)   Curriculum and Administration for School Guidance and Counseling Programs

A global study of the nature, formation, and implementation of campus-wide and district-wide comprehensive developmental guidance programs. This course will include a comprehensive study of developmental counseling and guidance programs in schools with an emphasis on perspective, content, and organizational framework. The course covers a study of the Texas model for program and curriculum development for grades EC through 12 and to the national model for school counseling programs. The student will develop skills in the implementation of campus-wide and district-wide comprehensive developmental guidance programs.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6316   (3-3-0)   Practicum I for School Counseling (S-L)

Practical, on-the-job, supervised and evaluated field experiences that provide the foundation for internship experiences. Candidates develop conceptual and professional skills related to their practice at a field site. Candidates learn the procedures for evaluating counseling and guidance programs in the areas of a learner-centered guidance curriculum, learner-centered planning, learner-centered responsive services, and learner-centered system support.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: EDSC 6310. Open only to candidates in the Master of Education in School Counseling Program.

EDSC 6317   (3-3-0)   Current Trends and Issues in School Counseling

This course examines a framework to address the emerging issues and trends in today’s schools. It describes how the school counselor can address emerging issues and trends, build the necessary leadership competence to respond to these issues and trends, and develop advocacy skills to promote a positive school climate and enhance the academic performance of all students.   

  • Offered: Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6318   (3-3-0)   Practicum II for School Counseling (S-L)

An extensive supervised experience at a field site comprising the final component of the comprehensive preparation program for a career in school counseling. It is designed to bring together all of the experiences, skills, and knowledge gained through the coursework and experiences of the program. Candidates will be expected to attend practicum seminars and complete all requirements designed to prepare them for the school counseling profession as outlined in the Practicum II Manual. Practicum II is the culmination of the Master of Education in School Counseling degree program and should be taken during the last semester of candidate's program.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: EDSC 6316. Open only to students in the Master of Education in School Counseling Program.

EDSC 6319   (3-3-0)   Applied Research and Program Evaluation

A study of basic research skills, principles, models, and applications of research in counseling, including concepts needed to design, plan, implement and analyze data from a research project.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6320   (3-3-0)   Ethical, Legal, and Professional Practices

A study of the role of professional school counselors, ethical standards, legal responsibility, state certification requirements, decision making models, related professional organizations and professional standards relevant to the profession.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDSC 6380   (3-3-0)   Career Development and Lifestyle Counseling for School Counselors

A study of theories of vocational choice, educational planning and career development. Explore the role of career development and career planning in comprehensive guidance programs and illustrate how all the essential services of a school counseling program are combined to assist students with their development and learning.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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