Gain deeper insight into the methodologies used in counseling and counselor education research with a specialization in Advanced Research Methods. Develop critical competencies in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches used in social science research. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills by developing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research plans. This specialization can prepare you to serve as a methodologist and conduct research as a counselor educator or supervisor.
|Course Code||RSCH 8261S||Course||Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis||Credits||5|
|Course Code||RSCH 8361S||Course||Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis||Credits||5|
|Course Code||RSCH 8461S||Course||Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis||Credits||5|
This research course builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in RSCH 8201 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis and provides experience applying them. It provides students with more specialized knowledge and skills for designing quantitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding multivariate data analysis and applying more advanced statistical concepts. Students explore comprehensive quantitative research designs and suitable statistical tests; the importance of quality assurance; and ethical considerations and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. This course approaches statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting the appropriate research design and statistical tests for more complex research questions or problems. Students use statistical software to perform analyses and interpret and present results. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan.
This research course builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in RSCH 8350 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis and provides experience applying them. It provides students with more specialized knowledge and skills within each of the common qualitative traditions for designing qualitative research at the doctoral level. Students explore more complex qualitative research designs and analyses; multiple approaches to coding and organizing data; core components of a qualitative write-up; the importance of quality assurance; and the ethical considerations and social change implications of conducting qualitative research and producing knowledge. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a qualitative research plan.
This research course builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in RSCH 8250 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis and RSCH 8350 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis. It provides students with more specialized knowledge and skills for designing mixed-methods research at the doctoral level. Students gain an understanding of the types of mixed-methods designs and how to select the most appropriate approach for the research question. The course emphasizes integrating quantitative and qualitative elements into true mixed-methods studies; practice in data analysis; and integration of qualitative and quantitative data within a research write-up. Reliability and validity in mixed-methods approaches will be highlighted. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a truly mixed-methods research plan that appropriately incorporates qualitative and quantitative elements.
|Course Code||DRWA 8000G||Course||Doctoral Writing Assessment||Credits||0|
This course is part of Walden’s commitment to help prepare students to meet the university’s expectations for writing in courses at the doctoral level. In this course, students write a short academic essay that will be scored by a team of writing assessors in the Center for Student Success. Based on the essay score, students will be guided toward any further recommended or required writing support needed to meet writing proficiency standards. This required course is free. Students will be enrolled automatically in it after they complete their first full quarter or semester in their doctoral program.
*Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.
†Due to the practicum requirements of this program, the applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or a US territory at time of admission and must reside in the United States or a US territory at time of admission to be eligible for this program. United States military personnel stationed abroad should contact an enrollment advisor to determine eligibility.