Department of Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology Graduate Programs
The Department of Educational Psychology offers critical knowledge and skills needed in society today including research design, statistics, educational measurement, program evaluation, educational and psychological assessment, counseling and consultation. The department offers graduate training programs in counseling psychology, educational psychology and research, and school psychology.
This course will introduce students of color to leadership theory and develop personal skills in the areas of organizational, career, and community leadership. Topics covered include public speaking, group process, time management, and discussion of the special challenges for leaders of color. Prerequisite: Must have taken Hawk Link UNIV 101 and fewer than 60 hours credit from the University of Kansas.
An introduction to the study of children's thinking, behavior, and development in school, home, and community settings. Classic and contemporary theories of developmental and educational psychology will be addressed; these theories will provide a foundation for thinking about important contemporary issues in child development. Specific topics covered will include research methods for studying children's development, cognitive development, intelligence, language, emotional development, aggression, moral development, and family and peer relationships. Emphasis will be placed the study of individuals and groups, describing the process of development, and considering educational implications of theory and research.
An introduction to the study of adolescence (puberty to roughly age 18), with a focus on implications and applications for optimal adolescent development. Approaching development from an applied lens, the course will cover foundational information on brain and biological changes that occur during adolescence, as well as on integrating this foundational knowledge with theories of learning, motivation, cognition, and emotional and social development.
The purpose of this course is to assist students with career, academic, and life planning choices. Designed to be practical and hands-on, the course relies heavily on student engagement. Through conversation and exploration, students will develop a better understanding of themselves and their career options and leave with a road-map for the future. Classes will meet twice a week in small sections. Both in-class and out-of-class activities will focus on helping students identify interests and strengths, clarify values, explore academic and work alternatives, and develop skills that can be applied to career and life planning both now and in the future.
This course is designed for sophomores in the Teacher Education Program. It presents basic concepts and methods for classroom assessment.. It is meant to be an introductory course and students are expected to enroll in EPSY 520 Classroom Assessment in their senior year.
An historical and contemporary overview of the science and practice of counseling psychology, including trends in the roles and functions of counseling psychology practitioners, the research and scientific foundations of counseling practice, the psychological theories of counseling and psychotherapy that guide professional practice, and the ethical and professional issues confronting counseling practitioners. Prerequisite: PSYC 104.
This course is designed for the student interested in learning and applying knowledge of educational psychology. More specifically, the goal is to help students understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas resulting in the ability to design and implement developmentally appropriate, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences. In addition, students will learn how to create learning environments that support individual and collaborative learning that includes teacher and student use of technology, and encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. An additional goal of the course will be to help students to learn to integrate social-emotional learning (SEL) with character development into their curriculum so that students will learn, practice and model essential personal life habits that contribute to academic, vocational, and personal success. The goal is to be able to sustain a caring and civil classroom environment, to help learners make healthy decisions, problem solve effectively, value excellence and be respectful and responsible citizens. Prerequisite: EPSY 305, or EPSY 306.
Only one enrollment permitted each semester, a maximum of four hours will apply toward the bachelor's degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Recommendation of advisor and consent of instructor.
This course provides participants in the McNair Scholars program with an understanding of research methods appropriate to their field so they can write proposals for their summer research projects. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the McNair Scholars Program.
This course is an introduction to the concepts and skills required to develop and evaluate various forms of formal and informal classroom assessments to determine student learning and teacher instructional effectiveness.
This course provides academic credit for a supervised practical experience in an occupational area of interest. In addition to the work-related activity, students will complete reading and writing assignments, participate in on-line discussion and create a final portfolio of internship accomplishments. Credit hours (1-5) are based on number of hours at internship site in agreement with instructor. Prerequisite: Secured internship of 8 hours per week or more for semester in which student will be enrolled in the course; permission from instructor.
An introduction to the core assumptions and research findings associated with human strengths and positive emotions. Also an exploration of interventions and applications informed by positive psychology in counseling and psychotherapy, and its application to school, work, family and other close relationships. (Same as PSYC 598.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or consent of instructor.
A special course of study to meet current needs of education students--primarily for undergraduates.
This course will examine concepts and techniques of constructive classroom management. Various theoretical orientations including humanism and behaviorism will be considered. Emphasis will be on the identification of strategies that teachers can use (1) to facilitate an environment that reduces the likelihood of misbehavior occurring, and (2) to cope constructively with individuals and groups of children to resolve difficulties that arise in the classroom. The class should have value to classroom teachers, school psychologists, counselors, and other school consultants.
A study of the mental processes that influence learning and comprehension. The scope of the course will include individuals at all developmental levels and in a variety of educational settings. Key issues include the study of language, memory, concepts, motivation and social factors affecting learning processes.
This course will cover the social, emotional, psychological, and cognitive changes that occur from conception through death. Methodological issues will also be addressed. Prerequisite: A graduate or undergraduate course in psychology.
Emphasis on the conceptual underpinnings of statistical analysis of educational data. Includes univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing and procedures in testing statistical hypothesis for one and two sample designs. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EPSY 711 required, or with the permission of instructor on the basis of knowledge of statistical packages presented in EPSY 711.
Creation and manipulation of data sets. Analysis of data with statistical packages, with an emphasis on descriptive statistics, graphical procedures, and univariate parametric methods. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EPSY 710 or EPSY 811 or with the permission of the instructor.
This course introduces the concepts and skills involved in understanding and analyzing research in education and related areas. The course provides an overview of basic, general knowledge of various research methodologies. Students should expect to study much of this material in greater depth through additional course work before being fully prepared to conduct independent research. However this course should enhance their ability to locate, read, comprehend, and critically analyze research articles and reports. Topics in the course include quantitative and qualitative methods and designs, historical and descriptive research, and program evaluation. (This course fulfills the requirement of a research methods course in the first 12 hours of graduate study.)
The course is an introduction to the application of the concepts of reliability, validity, and practicality to the development, selection, use, and interpretation of tests and other measuring instruments in the field of education. The concepts of norm referenced and criterion referenced tests; the interpretation and use of norms; standard scores, percentiles, quotients, and grade equivalents are among the topics covered. An understanding of the role of measurement in evaluation, diagnosis, selection and placement is included.
An experiential and performance based course having three major objectives: 1) the acquisition of basic counseling skills and strategies by means of microcounseling training; 2) learning to use these skills effectively and appropriately in a simulated counseling session; 3) the students' understanding of their personal characteristics and how these characteristics relate to functioning as an effective helping professional. This course should normally be taken at the earliest possible time in the student's program. Open to counseling majors. Non-majors may be admitted only by permission of the instructor, if space permits. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
An introductory examination of several major theories of counseling and therapy including psychodynamic views, person-centered, behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Attention given to research reviews and factors various theories have in common. Designed for graduate students in counseling psychology or allied fields. Prerequisite: Graduate student status or permission of the instructor.
This course is intended to introduce the student to a) ethical principles, standards, and issues in the profession of psychology; b) legal issues involved in the practice of school psychology; c) problem-solving models to solve ethical and ethical-legal dilemmas; d) roles and functions of a school psychologist; and e) current topics in the field of school psychology. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
This course will help educators identify commonly occurring mental health problems as well as the ways in which they can affect students' achievement, classroom behavior, and social adjustment. You will also learn how to make effective referrals to resources available for students with mental health issues in both the district and the community.
Positive psychology is the study of what is right and positive about people and institutions. Positive psychologists call for an equal focus on strengths and weakness, as much attention on positive emotions as negative emotions, as much interest in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst, and as much attention to promoting the fulfillment of lives of healthy people as to healing the wounds of the distressed. This course will first present an introduction to the core assumptions and research findings associated with human strengths and positive emotions and then move on to explore interventions and applications informed by this perspective in schools, as well as in domains personally relevant to the lives of educators such as work, family, and other close relationships.
This course is designed for the student interested in learning and applying knowledge of educational psychology. More specifically, the goal is to help students understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas resulting in the ability to design and implement developmentally appropriate, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences. In addition, students will learn how to create learning environments that support individual and collaborative learning while encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. An additional goal of the course will be to help students to learn to integrate social-emotional learning (SEL) with character development into their curriculum.
Foundations of child and adolescent psychopathology from a developmental and educational perspective. Classification, assessment, and etiology of clinical disorders. Examination of risk and protective factors associated with these various disorders. Coverage of empirically-based intervention strategies and prevention programs. Graduate student standing.
Opportunity for students to participate in supervised reading and research in special topics of interest (for which regularly scheduled courses are not given). Topics and credit are arranged by advisement: May not be used to substitute for regularly scheduled course offerings. Intended for students with appropriate undergraduate or graduate preparation but without extensive graduate course background in the area of proposed study. (Students with extensive graduate work should enroll in EPSY 997; undergraduate students may enroll in EPSY 497.) Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
A special course of study to meet current needs of education professionals--primarily for graduate students. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis.
An examination from a life-span perspective of major issues affecting changes after adolescence. Topics include intelligence, identity, intimacy, the role of work, and moral concepts. Theoretical issues, research findings, and educational and social policy implications will be examined. Students will prepare papers on significant issues in the field and survey extensively the research and theoretical literature. Prerequisite: Prior enrollment in a course on naturalistic or experimental research methods.
Mathematical statistics and their mathematical underpinnings are presented in a condensed and accessible manner with details on how they function as parts of commonly used statistical models. Mathematical topics include advanced algebra, differentiation, multiple integration, numerical series, matrix algebra, and matrix calculus. Statistical topics include probability, random variables, probability density/mass functions, algebra of expectations and variances, sampling, asymptotics, and general families of distributions. Prerequisite: EPSY 710 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
This course covers core concepts and current research on environmental, individual, and interpersonal factors influencing development during childhood (birth - age 12). Topics covered include cognition, emotion, identity, and key social relationships (e.g., family, peers). Course emphasizes consideration of educational practices in the context of research on child development.
This course introduces R, the most popular free software environment for statistical computing, graphics, and data analysis. It will teach students about basic features of R, knowledge and skills of how to use R, interpret statistical results generated from R, and write methods and results in an academic and professional way. It will cover a variety of essential statistical procedures, including descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, MANOVA, correlation, regression, reliability analysis, and factor analysis. The course will employ project-based teaching approach and allow students to work on research projects that they are interested in by using their own data or the data provided by the instructor. Prerequisite: EPSY 810 or EPSY 811 or equivalent course.
Supervised experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the major individual intelligence tests for children, adolescents, and adults. Other areas to be covered in this course will include models of intelligence and factors influencing intelligence; measurement characteristics of instruments used to assess cognitive abilities; ethical and legal issues in the use of intelligence tests; and the use of cognitive assessments for identification and diagnosis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
An overview and analysis of selected issues in the field of human growth and development. The focus will be on current issues of a theoretical and methodological nature that affect the field of developmental psychology and applications to social and educational settings. Prerequisite: Prior completion of a course in developmental psychology.
An overview of important models, principles and research findings related to the learning process. Attention is given to theories of learning and information processing which attempt to explain perceptual behavior, verbal learning and memory and social learning processes. Emphasis is placed on student development of research proposals in the area of human learning and achievement. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
This course presents major theoretical approaches and empirical findings in social psychology, including attitude formation and change, social influence, and intergroup relations. Interactions among self, relationships, group membership, and culture and how each influences thinking and behavior are addressed. This course also explores how key social identities, such as gender and race, impact social process and relationships. Course emphasizes consideration of educational and clinical practices in the context of research on social psychology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in an EPSY program or permission of instructor.
Analysis of variance and regression models are presented under a unified framework. Multiple correlation/regression techniques, including polynomials, analysis of interactions, ANOVA using dummy coding, planned and post hoc comparisons, multiway ANOVA, orthogonal and non-orthogonal analysis of variance, analysis of covariance. Prerequisite: EPSY 710 or equivalent course.
Statistical methods to summarize results from multiple studies. Prerequisite: EPSY 811.
Methods of analysis for nominal and ranked data, multiway contingency table analysis. Prerequisite: EPSY 811.
Methods and procedures for evaluating educational programs. Attention is given to the development and evaluation of goals and objectives, creation of designs to monitor processes and outcomes, utilization of test and measurement systems for assessing outcomes, establishing evaluation standards and criteria, and application of statistical analyses. Prerequisite: EPSY 710 or equivalent.
This course covers current research on environmental, individual, and interpersonal factors influencing social aspects of development, including the development of key social relationships (e.g., family, friends) across the lifespan, with a primary emphasis on childhood and adolescence. Topics covered include temperament and personality, self and identity, attachment, family relationships, peer relations, aggression, and prosocial behavior. Course emphasizes consideration of educational and clinical practices in the context of research on social development.
This course emphasizes the application of key concepts from the psychology of learning, including organization of knowledge, motivation, and metacognition, to college-level teaching practice. In this course, students will develop and evaluate course-level learning goals, evaluate instructional materials for their use of inclusive teaching practices, identify characteristics of effective assessments, and reflect on and evaluate their own teaching practices in relation to course concepts.
Development, construction, validation and scaling of noncognitive instruments including questionnaires, surveys, checklists, rating scales and unobtrusive measures. The sampling methodology is emphasized. Item construction and analysis and the development of subscales are stressed. Prerequisite: EPSY 720 or EPSY 725 and EPSY 710.
Positive psychologists call for an equal focus on strengths and weakness, as much attention on positive emotions as negative emotions, as much interest in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst, and as much attention to promoting the fulfillment of lives of healthy people as to healing the wounds of the distressed. This course will first present an introduction to the core assumptions and research findings associated with positive traits and emotions, then move on to explore interventions and applications informed by this perspective in counseling and psychotherapy. Each class will be organized as didactic presentation of core concepts, discussion of the assigned readings, and experiential learning activities. The tracking of the evolution of positive psychology is covered leading to its integration into the core change processes of integrated approaches to psychotherapy. The theories forming the foundation of the class include Broaden and Build, Hope Theory, the Complete State Model, and Self Determination. Multicultural perspectives on positive traits and change processes will provide an important context for the course.
A consideration of basic concepts pertaining to selection and interpretation of both standardized and non-standardized assessment procedures and devices with attention given to communicating assessment information within the context of the counseling relationship. Prerequisite: EPSY 725 or comparable undergraduate principles of measurement course.
Students will learn techniques of formal and informal assessment of academic skills in school-aged students. In addition, students will learn consultation and intervention approaches and strategies for use with students who have academic delays. This course has a field-based practicum component. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing in the School Psychology program and permission of instructor.
This graduate-level course is designed to provide an overview of important models, principles and research findings related to behavioral and systems neuroscience in education. Attention is given to the basic structure of the nervous system, the fundamental units of the nervous system (the neuron and the synapse), the function of different components of the central nervous system, the sensory, motor, and memory systems, and the networking of these systems in perception, learning, and cognition. Also, attention is given to how the nervous system behaves with other brain structures that support fundamental mental abilities such as attention, cognitive control, emotion, language, memory, and social cognition. Finally, within these topics, attention is given to understanding how the nervous system works by studying the physiological basis of adaptive behaviors and maladaptive behaviors of the mind.
Using a neuroscience lens, this course focuses on integration of research and theory on motivation and emotion from across developmental, affective, cognitive, and social fields. Emotion and motivation are the core of human life and thought, without which we could not survive even in the most benign environments. This course examines how emotion and motivation innervate thought and behavior to enrich human experience and "bias" the decisions we make in everyday life, as well as how thought, behavior, and environment innervate emotion and motivation.
This course is designed to provide information about the organization and administration of guidance and counseling programs in the public schools. Non-majors wishing to know more about the role of the counselor can be admitted with approval of the instructor.
The primary purpose of this course is for students to develop individual counseling skills by working with clients in the Center for Psychoeducational Services. In this course you will implement a semi-structured positive psychology intervention with clients experiencing mood disorders and general psychological distress. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the CPSY MS program.
This course is taken as one of the last courses in the master's degree counseling program. The primary purpose of the course is for the student to develop individual counseling skills while functioning in a counseling setting. In addition to individual skills, students are also encouraged to participate in group counseling and other counseling related activities within the particular counseling setting. Students enroll in practicum for the level most closely related to their professional goals, i.e., elementary, secondary, counseling psychology. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: EPSY 740, EPSY 742, EPSY 830, EPSY 880, EPSY 890 and EPSY 896 (Advanced Skills) and prior or concurrent enrollment in EPSY 840, EPSY 844, EPSY 846 and EPSY 875. For MS Terminal track, EPSY 845 and EPSY 956 enrollment must be prior or concurrent as well. Pre-enrollment with practicum coordinator. Students currently on academic probation will not be allowed to enroll in practicum.
Focuses on issues in group counseling. Topics covered are types of groups, theoretical orientation of groups, stages of group development, group leadership, selection of members, ethical issues, and effectiveness of groups. Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Program in Counseling Psychology. Nonmajors must have prior written consent of instructor.
The aim of this course is to provide advanced training in the area of substance abuse and substance addictions counseling to graduate students in the helping professions. Topics covered include practical guidelines, specific intervention strategies, treatment principles, legal and ethical responsibilities, and issues within the field. Prerequisite: EPSY 740, EPSY 742.
Stresses the importance of career development in education, with an emphasis on developmental life planning. Course includes topics such as delivery systems, utility of career development theory, sexism and racism in career development and counseling, the effects of sex role socialization, nature of the world of work, evaluation of career information, use of career information in individual and group counseling, and the role of empirical research in career development theory and practice.
The purpose of this course is to provide educators with an awareness and skill training in basic human relationship/communication skills. The course is focused on skills that provide educators with effective communication skills for working with students, educators, and parents.
This is a practical course where students apply previous learning and gain experience in assessment and intervention with children, families, and school consultation. Team collaboration, peer review, and case conferences are essential elements of this course. Students work with clients in the on campus learning center under supervision. Topical seminars also are included throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing in the School Psychology program and permission of instructor.
The purpose of this course is to examine appropriate assessment techniques for the evaluation of behavior problems. Interview procedures, behavioral observation strategies, behavior rating scales and checklists, self-report inventories, and rational theoretical techniques will be introduced. The intent is to place these assessment approaches in their theoretical contexts and to discuss how they could be used by pupil personnel specialists to understand the problem behavior and plan interventions to enhance students' personal adjustment and achievement in the classroom. Prerequisite: EPSY 770, graduate standing in the School of Psychology program, or permission of instructor.
A continuation of School Psychology Clinic I where students will be performing the same activities at a higher level of autonomy and independence. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing in the School Psychology program, EPSY 855, and permission of instructor.
This course addresses the conceptual basis of statistical analysis with an emphasis on applied data analysis. The use of descriptive statistics, distributions, graphic displays, hypothesis testing, group comparison, and analyses of relationships among variables to explore research questions in education will be covered. This course is designed specifically for Ed.D. students in the School of Education. Students in other degree programs may not enroll. Prerequisite: This course is open only to Ed.D. students in the School of Education.
This course provides advanced training in Crisis and Disaster Counseling to graduate students in the helping professions, providing students with the foundation, knowledge, and skills to effectively help those in crisis. Practical guidelines, specific intervention strategies, treatment principles, legal and ethical responsibilities, and self-care regarding crisis work will be discussed and integrated. Prerequisite: EPSY 740 and EPSY 742; or consent from instructor.
Examines the role of culture in human behavior and its influence in counseling theories, practice, and research. The course will assist students develop multicultural awareness, understanding, and skills in working with people from diverse racial, social, cultural, and individual backgrounds. The course will provide opportunities for self examination of cultural assumptions/values in order to develop multicultural competence. Prerequisite: EPSY 742 or equivalent.
An examination of legal, ethical, and professional standards and issues affecting the practice of professional psychology. Topics include legislative regulation of professional psychology, ethical standards and codes of conduct for psychology and related mental health professions, standards of professional practice, and issue of practice liability and risk management.
A historical survey of the evolution of concepts, theories, and systems of thought in psychology with an emphasis on their relationship to contemporary issues in psychological theory, research, and practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in EPSY or consent of the instructor.
The major goal of the course is to integrate information about a person from one or more projective tests into a useful summary. The projective assessment instruments to be used include the Rorschach (using the Exner system of scoring and interpretation), the Thematic Apperception Test, and projective drawings (e.g., Draw-A-Person test). Prerequisite: At least one graduate-level course in measurement and one graduate course in assessment plus consent of the instructor.
This course is an introduction to the skills involved in a small number of Evidence Based Treatments, in the context of understanding their place in the pursuit of Evidence Based Practice. The course includes readings, videos, and discussion of the treatments, with a heavy experiential component of role plays and reviews on video through the Center for Psychoeducational Services. The emphasis is on developing initial skills in the selected treatments. Prerequisite: Graduate student in Counseling Psychology or permission of the instructor.
An examination of psychological disorders from a counseling psychology perspective that emphasizes strengths. The course will cover the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), as well as alternative taxonomies, exploring personality as it ranges from normal personality styles to personality disorders, and the full range of mental disorders. The emphasis is on identifying and assessing these phenomena and understanding behavioral and possible treatment implications. Prerequisite: Degree seeking status in Counseling Psychology or consent of instructor.
Two consecutive enrollments covering a period of one academic year. During this time the student prepares a portfolio of skills competencies, classroom guidance programs presented, and other experiences appropriate to the student's school level. Supervision will be conducted on an individual basis and will include a minimum of two site visits per semester. Prerequisite: Must have school counseling position and a completed Masters degree from K.U. in School Counseling.
Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational or mental health settings. The campus-based instructor will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the campus-based instructor. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit in this and additional field experience enrollments may not exceed eight hours. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: EPSY 842 and consent of the practicum coordinator.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and instructor.
Graded on a satisfactory progress/limited progress/no progress basis. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in EPSY 710.
This course is designed to give students experience in conducting research. It is expected that students will take this course for at least two consecutive semesters. (This course fulfills the requirement by the School of Education for a two semester, research practicum course.) Prerequisite: Doctoral student status in a program in the Department of Educational Psychology.
In this course, contemporary approaches to multivariate analysis using mixed-effects models estimated with maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods are presented. Classical topics in multivariate analysis including multivariate analysis of variance and exploratory factor analysis, are covered in the context of mixed-effects models, preparing students for subsequent courses and research that use such model-based methods. Topics include extensions of linear models (regression and analysis of variance) for non-normal data with link functions, introductory matrix algebra, missing data modeling techniques, models for repeated measures data, and path analysis models for multivariate regression evaluating both moderation and mediation effects. Prerequisite: EPSY 810 and experience with a statistical software package.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to advanced topics in Structural Equation Modeling. Topics to be covered include multi-level models, latent growth models, mixture models and approaches to handling missing and/or non-normal data. Students will be exposed to the various statistical software programs and will be expected to become proficient in utilizing EQS. Prerequisite: EPSY 906 or equivalent course.
Supervised practice in the application of psychological theory to educational problems. Includes work useful with exceptional children as well as experiences in the application of such areas as mental hygiene and learning theory to problems involving the total school population. Prerequisite: Permission of advisor and instructor.
In this course, contemporary methods for the analysis of data that are not normally distributed are presented. Generalized linear mixed models are linear models that map independent or predictor variables onto any type of outcome space of dependent variables. Such models involve the choice of distribution for the dependent variables and a link function to map predictors onto key parameters of the dependent variables distributions. Topics include logistic regression, nominal distributions, count distributions, and distributions for censored, skewed, or otherwise irregular continuous data. Random effects or latent variables are included for each type of model. Prerequisite: EPSY 905 or consent of instructor.
An examination of selected current issues in counseling psychology. Prerequisite: Doctoral student status in a program in the Department of Educational Psychology.
This course provides thorough grounding in modern validity theory including its historical precedents and derivation of classical test theory and item response theory and their application for item analysis and estimation of test reliability and standard error of measurement. Prerequisite: EPSY 725 or EPSY 811 or equivalent.
Students will learn the assumptions and application of classical test theory and item response theory approaches to scaling and reporting, standard setting, equating, identification of item and test bias, and other topics intended to prepare students for research and development regarding large-scale assessments. Prerequisite: EPSY 921.
This course is designed to acquaint students with knowledge of advanced theory and applications in the field of item response theory (IRT). Topics to be covered include: advanced IRT models for dichotomous and polytomous, multidimensional, rater effects, and testlet-based item response data, estimation of parameters for these models and related software, and goodness of fit tests. The course will also focus on some advanced applications using these models, including test development, test score equating, differential item functioning, scoring and score reporting, Monte Carlo simulation studies, and innovative test designs. Prerequisite: EPSY 922 or equivalent course.
The purpose of this course is to provide advanced students in the areas of educational research, psychometrics, and statistics with techniques for computer programming, analysis, and carrying out research using computer simulations. The topics covered are: Programming with Fortran languages, data manipulation and management, analysis, simulation of data according to statistical and psychometric models, numerical techniques for matrix operations, sampling from distributions, solutions for non-linear equations, and Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo techniques. There are no prerequisites for this course, but those students who have coursework through the multivariate statistics level will benefit most from this course. Other suggested courses include those related to psychological and educational measurement, classical test theory, item response theory, and research methods.
This course provides students with an introductory background in the basic principles and applications of hierarchical linear modeling (HLM). The course will review both the conceptual issues and methodological issues in using hierarchical linear modeling by working step-by-step with real data sets. Prerequisite: EPSY 810 Regression Analysis (formerly EPSY 904).
Computer-based testing holds the promise of increasing test validity and reliability while reducing the logistical problems associated with large-scale assessment. This seminar will provide an overview of what we have learned about administering tests on computer between the 1960s and today. The focus will be on measurement issues, but depending on class interest topics will vary. A prior course in item response theory is desirable but not required. Prerequisite: EPSY 725 or equivalent course.
There is a great demand for more useful, more actionable test scores. Traditional large-scale group administered tests do not provide this kind of information due to low reliabilities of, or high inter-correlations among, sub-scores. This course will explore approaches used by individually administered tests to provide diagnostic information, new psychometric models that hold promise of providing better diagnostic information, and implications for test design. A primary focus will be on how psychometric models can be used with diagnostic subscores that are more reliable and less correlated than traditional approaches. Prerequisite: PRE 922 or equivalent course.
A course designed to offer a comprehensive view of the field of educational psychology and research. The course will treat a series of thematic areas with a focus on latest developments and emerging theories in learning, development and quantitative methods. Intended for post-master's level students. Prerequisite: Prior graduate level course work in development, learning, measurement, and statistics.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint advanced quantitative students with the fundamentals of Bayesian data analysis. The goals of the class are to introduce Bayesian inference, starting from the philosophical perspective, and provide methods for implementing Bayesian analysis for a variety of different statistical models. Class time is balanced between theoretical perspectives and practical applications. Topics covered include: a review of basic probability, Bayes' rule, probability distributions, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation and software for its implementation, and applications of MCMC to a variety of statistical models. Prerequisite: EPSY 905 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge foundation of clinical supervision and consultation theories and models, modes/formats of supervision, the supervisory/consulting relationship, legal and ethical considerations in the provision of supervision/consultation, and supervision research issues. Prerequisite: EPSY 948.
Designed to be the initial advanced practicum for first year doctoral students. Attention is directed to development of a broad range of basic and advanced skills. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: EPSY 842 or equivalent.
Intensive counseling practice, including group and individual supervision, that may be taken either through Counseling and Psychological Services or an approved site outside of the university. Focus is on the acquisition and demonstration of advanced counseling skills. Two consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring) of enrollment are required of doctoral students. Responsibility to the site is for a continuous nine months, with fall semester responsibilities ending on the first day of spring semester classes. A grade of incomplete will be granted at the end of the regular fall grading period, with the regular fall grade being granted after completion of fall semester responsibilities. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of EPSY 948 and prior or concurrent enrollment in EPSY 951.
Survey of selected psychodiagnostic instruments currently in use and their administration, scoring, and interpretation. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of the clinical interview as an assessment tool, case conceptualization/diagnosis, and integrative report writing. Prerequisite: Completion of EPSY 830 and degree-seeking status in Counseling Psychology or consent of instructor.
An advanced treatment of theory, research, and practice issues central to Counseling Psychology. Topics include theoretical and research paradigms in Counseling Psychology; the relationship of theory and research to practice; and evidence on factors influencing counseling processes and outcomes. Prerequisite: Counseling Psychology doctoral student status or consent of instructor.
A survey of the major career development theories in counseling psychology. Models and methods of career counseling will be reviewed and integrated from the different theoretical perspectives. The empirical support of each theory and needed research will be identified. The course will include presentation of theories of career development and their specific applicability in counseling. The career development of special groups (women, the culturally different, non-whites) will be studied as well as alternative methods of delivery in career development and counseling. Prerequisite: Completion of EPSY 846 or equivalent, and Ph.D. degree-seeking status in Counseling Psychology or consent of instructor.
This course is a foundational course in research methods and design in counseling psychology. The course covers (a) design type and threats to design validity, (b) the formulation of research problems, (c) research instrumentaion/measures, (d) data analytic methods, (e) interpreting data, and (f) ethical issues, research integrity, and the responsible conduct of research. Prerequisite: EPSY 710 and EPSY 711 or equivalent. Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology or consent of instructor.
A survey of contemporary systems of couples and family counseling. Consideration of couple and family function/dysfunction, theoretical models of family interaction, models of counseling practice and methods, and research on couples and family counseling. Prerequisite: Degree-seeking status in Counseling Psychology or consent of instructor.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the assessment of various domains related to the development of infants, toddlers, and young children. The student will learn how to use formal and informal assessment techniques for screening, diagnostic, educational planning, and educational evaluation purposes. An emphasis will be placed on the linkage between assessment and intervention. This course is designed for students in the applied psychology fields (i.e., school psychology, counseling psychology, clinical child psychology, and clinical psychology). Prerequisite: EPSY 705, EPSY 725, EPSY 805 and permission from the instructor.
This is the first of a two semester sequence of courses on school-based consultation. The course is a combination lecture-laboratory experience that introduces the student to the literature, theory, and techniques of consultation. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
The course includes a review of literature and theory as well as supervised practice. Therapeutic intervention is broadly conceived, including individual and group counseling, and parent and teacher consultation. The importance of the family-school relationship is stressed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and completion of course on counseling.
A special course of study to meet current need of education professionals--primarily for post-master's level students.
Three consecutive enrollments, covering a minimum of eleven months of experience in an approved counseling psychology field setting. Supervision and directed experiences coordinated by the student's adviser, the program training director, and internship setting supervisors. Required of all counseling psychology doctoral students. Prerequisite: Doctoral degree-seeking status in counseling psychology, completion of Ph.D. comprehensive examinations, and consent of counseling psychology faculty.
This course has two components: 1) a supervised experience as a practicing school psychologist, and 2) a group supervision class emphasizing case presentations and other integrative practice elements. The student functions as a provisionally certified school psychologist. Prerequisite: Completion of Ed.S. degree.
This is a one year, supervised experience in an approved setting. The structure and content of the experience follows guidelines of several professional organizations including The American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. Prerequisite: Approval of School Psychology committee.
Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational settings. The advisor will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the advisor. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit may not exceed eight hours.
To meet the college teaching experience requirement for doctoral programs, a student shall engage in a semester long, planned, instructional activity that shall include college classroom teaching under supervision. Planning shall be done with the advisor and/or member of the faculty who will supervise the experience. The activity shall be done under the supervision of a member of the University of Kansas faculty or by an individual or individuals designated by the candidate's committee.
Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of instructor.
Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis.
Graded on a satisfactory progress/limited progress/no progress basis.