Counselor Education and Practice
The Ph.D. degree in counseling prepares professionals for positions in mental health counseling, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation, counselor education, and college counseling. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. For more information go to the Counseling and Psychological Services program page.
The counseling psychology doctoral program at Georgia State University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. It subscribes to a scientist-practitioner model for the training of counseling psychologists. Students are prepared to profit from and contribute to the body of knowledge underlying counseling psychology. Graduates are also equipped with a rich array of clinical skills and are eligible for licensure as applied psychologists. The program of study prepares students for employment in academic and private settings. For more information go to the Counseling and Psychological Services program page.
Curriculum and Instruction
The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction promotes an understanding of the complex dynamics among theory, research, and practice. We believe in preparing empowered scholar-educators who can advocate for social justice and educational equity at the classroom, school, district, and state levels. Grounded in rigorous and relevant research, our interdisciplinary courses offer students the opportunity to conceptualize, theorize, dialogue, problem-pose, problem-solve, create, and evaluate a wide range of educational theories, practices, and policies as related to Curriculum and Instruction. This degree offers an interdisciplinary approach across Pre-Kindergarten through Secondary levels in multiple content areas, Art, Early Childhood and Elementary, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Middle Level, Foreign Language, Music, Science, and Social Studies Education. For more information go to the Middle and Secondary Education program page.
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Students in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program will gain a thorough knowledge of theories, research, and issues related to the field of early childhood/elementary education, assist and eventually perform the role of scholar/teacher at the university/college level, assist and eventually perform the role of a researcher in Early Childhood Education. For more information go to the Early Childhood Education program page.
The purpose of the Professional Doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) with a major in Educational Leadership is to advance the development and practice of effective educational leadership by providing senior-level administrators with the following: (1) the knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with the complex issues facing education today; (2) the methods of inquiry necessary to analyze current educational problems; (3) the leadership skills necessary to direct the development and implementation of programs to address those problems and to disseminate the results in various professional and public forums; and (4) the knowledge and applied skills rarely provided in traditional advanced degree programs in educational leadership in an alternative format that meets the needs of senior-level administrators. For more information go to the Educational Policy Studies program page at http://education.gsu.edu/eps/eps_programs.htm.
Education of Students with Exceptionalities
The doctoral program in Education of Students with Exceptionalities provides graduates with the skills necessary to perform university teaching and research and/or to provide a high level of competence for leadership in a variety of community, state, or national service agencies. The program is designed to educate future special education leaders in greater knowledge, understanding, and expertise in one area of concentration in special education, while at the same time making sure that they are fully equipped with a broad knowledge of general education and general special education and with advanced skills in group and single-subject research. For more information go to the Educational Psychology and Special Education program page.
Educational Policy Studies
The Department of Educational Policy Studies offers a Ph.D. degree in Educational Policy Studies with concentrations in educational leadership, social foundations of education, and research, measurement, and statistics. The program allows students to examine the philosophy and practice of education and to develop skills in both the methodology and the study of educational practice. Students will prepare to become policy makers and examiners of policy and the effects of policy on education. The broader requirements of the Department of Educational Policy Studies offer students the opportunity to linked their programs of study with broader social and educational issues in such areas as race, gender, leadership, and policy. This broader context established an understanding of the programs of study as essential components rather than separate structures of our social, economic, and political lives. For more information go to the Educational Policy Studies program page.
The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology develops a substantial knowledge base in the related fields defining educational psychology. This program prepares persons for careers as teachers in schools, colleges, and universities; as researchers in state and city departments of education; and as professionals in training-research programs in government and industry. For more information go to the Educational Psychology and Special Education program page.
The doctoral program for the major in instructional technology provides specialization for individuals in the following areas: instructional design, alternative instructional delivery systems, research, management, and consulting. The program is designed for highly competent individuals who are working in the instructional technology field in a wide variety of educational, training, and development areas such as those found in schools, higher education, business, industry, and government agencies. For more information go to the Learning Technologies Division page.
The Ph.D. degree in school psychology prepares psychologists to be eligible for licensure as applied psychologists and focuses on the application of psychological knowledge and skills to school-related problems. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Completion of the master's degree in school psychology is required for admission to the program. For more information go to the Counseling and Psychological Services program page.
The doctoral program in sport science is designed to prepare students for research and teaching careers at colleges and universities and for health, physiological performance, rehabilitative, and related research in other public and private institutions. Four concentration areas, Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Psychology, and Physical Education Teacher Education, are available within this program. The concentration in Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation focuses on the scientific description of human movement through advanced techniques utilizing computerized film and high speed video graphical analysis systems, computerized force measuring systems, electromyography, and other state-of-the-art instrumentation with applications in many disciplines, including ergonomics, engineering, medicine, sport, and exercise. The concentration in Exercise Physiology prepares students to teach and to conduct research in areas related to cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiology with particular emphases on exercise metabolism and performance in healthy populations, and in populations with chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuromuscular diseases).The concentration in Exercise Psychology prepares students to teach and to conduct research in areas related to the correlates of physical activity, mental health benefits of physical activity, theory-based behavior change strategies, and the design, implementation, and testing of theory-based physical activity interventions. Completion of this concentration will not lead to students becoming licensed psychologists.The concentration in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) prepares students for careers in higher education as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators. Research expertise will be acquired in the areas of instruction, curriculum, assessment, teacher education, and teacher development. The cognate area will prepare students as members of communities of scholars in higher education.For more information go to the Kinesiology and Health program page.
Teaching and Learning
The doctoral program in teaching and learning is designed to prepare professional educators for leadership positions by developing a substantial knowledge base in one of the following areas of concentration:
In addition, the program prepares professional educators as scholarly inquirers who ask thoughtful questions, who can conduct sound inquiry, and who can recommend informed policy. For more information go to the Middle and Secondary Education program page.
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