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PSYCHOLOGY

Degree Completion Requirements

Student progress will be monitored by doctoral faculty. Credit is not awarded for any course when student performance falls below a B-. Further, each student must maintain at least a 3.25 overall academic record to be eligible for the Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination.

Any student receiving three (3) grades below a B- in the Ed.D. program will be dismissed from the program. Further, students are only allowed one re-take of the Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination. Failure of the re-take will result in dismissal from the program (refer to section on Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination for specifics).

A student can also be dismissed if, in the judgment of the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology, the student is not making satisfactory progress, shows no indication of being professionally committed, or engages in inappropriate behavior. Appeals can be filed and will be heard by a Retention Committee composed of the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Arts, Education and Sciences, and doctoral faculty.

Practicum Training

Students in the Ed.D. program must obtain supervised practicum training in the delivery of professional psychological and psychoeducational services. Such training can be obtained through practica, practicum courses, full-time pre-doctoral internships, and other course based and experiential experiences. The goal of practicum training to is provide students with a theoretical foundation and the opportunity to develop strong assessment, diagnostic, and psychotherapeutic skills. Students apply theoretical knowledge, implement clinical and psychoeducational techniques based on this knowledge, and develop the professional and personal traits important to the identity of a professional practitioner. Upon completion of their training, AIC students are ethical, competent professionals with highly developed assessment and psychotherapeutic skills.

Ed.D. students must complete a minimum of three practica over the course of three semesters. Practica cover assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic process. Practica are based on classroom participation and field based experiences. Students must also complete a pre-doctoral internship. The pre-doctoral internship is typically completed after 60 credit hours of doctoral work and after the Doctoral Qualifying Exam is passed. The pre-doctoral internship is an intensive supervised experience in psychotherapeutic and assessment procedures in an approved clinical or related facility. On campus meetings and seminars with a supervising professor are also required as part of the process. Students are responsible for securing their placement. Each state or provincial certification/licensing board has specific pre-doctoral training requirements that must be satisfied. If students wish to pursue certification or licensure they should contact the certification/licensing board in the state or province in which they wish to practice. These contacts should be made early in their doctoral studies.

Residence

Students must complete a course of studies which encompasses a minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study, or its equivalent, of which a minimum of one academic year of full-time, or its equivalent, academic graduate study in psychology must be completed in residence at AIC.

"Completed in residence" is generally meant to include the following factors:

  • frequent interaction between faculty and students;
  • opportunities for appropriate and adequate supervision and evaluation;
  • student access to psychology faculty;
  • and student access to other matriculated students in the Ed.D. Program at AIC.

Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination

All doctoral candidates must pass a two-day qualifying examination. This examination is administered in June, must be taken before beginning dissertation work, and can only be taken after completing 60 hours of graduate course work. Students must demonstrate proficiency in core competency areas. Students who fail the examination may retake the examination only once.

Proposal and Dissertation

Proposal

Successful completion of the Doctoral Comprehensive Qualifying Examination allows a student to begin the dissertation process. The dissertation represents the culminating doctoral experience. The initial step in this process requires each student to assemble a dissertation committee consisting of a Chairperson and two additional committee members. Under the supervision of the Chairperson and guidance of committee members, a student then develops a dissertation proposal. The proposal is a vital component in the process leading to the successful completion of the dissertation. It is through preparation of the proposal that the student and the committee reach an acceptable action plan.

Upon completion of the proposal and approval by the Committee Chairperson and committee members, it is forwarded to the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology for approval. Once this proposal has been approved, the student then makes arrangements to present their proposal to the AIC Human Subjects Committee. The purpose of the Human Subjects Committee is to ensure that research complies with regulations concerning human subjects in research. Students should contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Committee to schedule an appointment. Given this approval, the candidate is now prepared to begin the final work on their dissertation.

Dissertation

The dissertation is the culminating event of your Doctoral study. Students are prepared for the dissertation by completing all course and program requirements and by completing the research sequence of Behavioral Statistics (3 credits), Applied Research Methodology (3 credits), and Multivariate Research Methods (3 credits). Dissertation in Educational Psychology (12 credits) is completed while preparing the Proposal and Dissertation. The dissertation may be an empirical study, a theoretical contribution, or a program assessment, but the student must demonstrate doctoral level scholarship. Each dissertation will be monitored by the committee and must reflect:

  • Original research which is psychological in nature
  • A high degree of scholarly proficiency, methodological sophistication (publication quality), and consistent with ethical principles of the profession
  • The potential for significant contribution to the psychological literature

When the dissertation is completed the student then prepares for their oral defense. The defense takes place in the presence of the full dissertation committee and other college personnel as necessary. Each member of the committee must sign the signature page indicating that the student has passed their defense.

Practicum Training

Students in the Ed.D. program must obtain supervised practicum training in the delivery of professional psychological and psychoeducational services. Such training can be obtained through practica, practicum courses, full-time pre-doctoral internships, and other course based and experiential experiences. The goal of practicum training to is provide students with a theoretical foundation and the opportunity to develop strong assessment, diagnostic, and psychotherapeutic skills. Students apply theoretical knowledge, implement clinical and psychoeducational techniques based on this knowledge, and develop the professional and personal traits important to the identity of a professional practitioner. Upon completion of their training, AIC students are ethical, competent professionals with highly developed assessment and psychotherapeutic skills.

Ed.D. students must complete a minimum of three practica over the course of three semesters. Practica cover assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic process. Practica are based on classroom participation and field based experiences. Students must also complete a pre-doctoral internship. The pre-doctoral internship is typically completed after 60 credit hours of doctoral work and after the Doctoral Qualifying Exam is passed. The pre-doctoral internship is an intensive supervised experience in psychotherapeutic and assessment procedures in an approved clinical or related facility. On campus meetings and seminars with a supervising professor are also required as part of the process. Students are responsible for securing their placement. Each state or provincial certification/licensing board has specific pre-doctoral training requirements that must be satisfied. If students wish to pursue certification or licensure they should contact the certification/licensing board in the state or province in which they wish to practice. These contacts should be made early in their doctoral studies.

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