Jun 24, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education and Psychology

Dean: John W. McCoy

Instructional Leadership & Literacy Program Coordinator: Krystal Bishop

Outdoor Education Program Coordinator: Douglas Tilstra

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator: Colleen Mitchell

School Counseling Program Coordinator: Ileana Freeman-Gutierrez

Graduate Enrollment Counselor: Mikhaile Spence

Faculty: Krystal Bishop, Charles D. Burks, Robert Coombs, Ileana Freeman-Gutierrez, Colleen Mitchell, John W. McCoy, Carleton L. Swafford, Douglas Tilstra, Ruth WilliamsMorris

Adjunct Faculty: Sandra Doran

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is to prepare effective Christian professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service in a diverse society.

Degrees Offered

The School of Education and Psychology offers a Master of Science degree with two emphases in Counseling and a Master of Science in Education degree with three emphases.

The emphases in Counseling are:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

The emphases in Education are:

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Literacy Education
  • Outdoor Education

Delivery Formats

Most graduate courses in the School of Education and Psychology are offered in a face-to-face format. Certain courses, however, are offered in online, hybrid, and/or intensive seminar formats. For online course availability and more information visit http://online.southern.edu or contact the Southern Online office at 423.236.2087.

General Information


  1. GPA Requirement: A minimum of 3.25 grade point average on the undergraduate level or a 3.00 average (with no grade lower than a B-) on a minimum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit is required.
  2. TOEFL: International students whose language of education is not English must submit their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test is required for regular admission.
  3. Statement of Purpose: Prior to the faculty interview (see program-specific requirements), candidates are to complete a written “Statement of Purpose” regarding their motivation for joining the particular graduate program and what they hope to gain from the program. Guidelines are available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  4. Self-Assessment: Applicants are to complete a self-assessment of the proficiencies embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  5. Background Check: Applicants must submit evidence of having passed a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check and affirm that they are not registered sex offenders on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. Legal declaration and waiver forms are available from the School of Education and Psychology. If the applicant is currently working in a state other than Tennessee, a TBI-comparable background check from that state must be submitted.
  6. Résumé: Applicants are to submit a professional résumé.
  7. Admission Approval: Receive program admission approval from the Admissions Committee.

Regular admission may be granted when the applicant meets all admission requirements, including program-specific requirements. Individuals who lack a general graduate or program-specific requirement may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. In terms of GPA, individuals with an overall undergraduate grade point average of less than 3.25 may be considered for provisional admission if the grade point average of their upper division (300- and 400-level) courses exceeds a 2.75. Provisional acceptance may not extend beyond 9 credit hours, and is not extended to international students.

Transfer students seeking admission to a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology may be granted provisional status if their incoming graduate GPA meets the minimum criterion of 3.00. Regular admission status may be granted upon successful completion of six hours in the area of emphasis (with a 3.00 average GPA and with no grade lower than a B-) and upon recommendation of the emphasis coordinator.

Credits taken while an individual is under “non-degree status” will be counted as “transfer credit” toward a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology.

Admission to Candidacy

In order to enroll in Clinical Internship, MS in Counseling students must be admitted to candidacy. MSEd students must be admitted to candidacy in order to progress beyond the completion of 24 credit hours in their program. Students should refer to program-specific requirements for additional details.

Program Completion

To graduate from a Master of Science program in education or counseling, a candidate must complete all Southern and School of Education and Psychology requirements.  See program-specific requirements for more information. 


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