National University




CED637 School Counseling Research

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lisa Rubel Spencer

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to generate and evaluate research relevant to various areas of professional education. The work of the educator will be emphasized throughout the course as students produce a major research and writing project. Students prepare a research proposal in their area of practice, obtain Institutional review Board (IRB) approval, conduct the study and prepare an oral and written report. Course include relevant aspects of professional writing while remaining focused on the practical needs of educators who wish to join the larger professional community in their field of specialty. This class is scheduled for two months one day a week and at the end of that time a grade of "IP" will be posted then the maximum length of time is 10 additional months. Grading is H, S, or U only.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify an educational issue that impacts school counselors and which may be addressed via an action research project.
  • Identify, interpret, analyze, and synthesize research-based educational literature associated with a selected topic of interest.
  • Design and implement an action research project related to the selected topic.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data from action research intervention.
  • Contextually evaluate the impact of research findings on the impact of education and school counseling.
  • Produce and present a written report of each step of the action research project.
  • Create and conduct an effective verbal presentation of the completed action research project.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the written language appropriately using the current American Psychological Association's (APA) style and format.

Prerequisite