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Assessment and Appraisal – COUN 6325

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credits: 3

In the role of counselor, you’ll be in the position of assessing a variety of situations involving individuals and groups. This course offers opportunities to learn about, articulate, evaluate, apply and demonstrate an understanding of assessment, testing, tools and terms in the school counseling context.

You’ll explore the assessment of individuals and groups through the interpretation of achievement, aptitude, interest, values and self-esteem measures with attention to cultural differences and norming practices.

Course Highlights

  • Assessment presentations that show communication and assessment skills
  • A treatment recommendation video that demonstrates your assessment skills
  • A reflective paper that illustrates your personal growth
  • A collaborative portfolio that presents your group’s involvement
  • A field trip that offers experience in a real-life assessment situation

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 6325 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • Considerations, Statistics and Tool Evaluation
  • Of Tests and Testing
  • Reliability and Validity
  • Utility and Test Development
  • Diagnostic and Individual Planning
  • Intelligence: Measurement and Tests
  • Assessment for Education
  • Personality Assessment Overview and Methods
  • Crisis Plans and State Laws
  • Clinical and Counseling Assessment, Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Assessments, Career and Business
  • Risk and Suicide Assessment

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 6325 students will be able to: 

  • Articulate the history of assessment and testing in the schools from an educational and psychological perspective.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the psychological testing vocabulary and key statistical terms.
  • Effectively communicate the interpretation of the results of testing/assessment to students, teachers, and parents and to use those results to properly diagnose disorders within the scope of the school counselor as allowed by the state.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe unique characteristics of various assessments, to include:
    a. achievement d. interests
    b. aptitude e. clinical
    c. vocational f. self-esteem
  • Effectively plan for and conduct initial assessment meetings.
  • Distinguish the differences between various vocational, educational and psychological test and their statistical concepts (norm-referenced vs. criterion referenced, etc.) as well as demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of assessments, and which assessments are appropriate for particular age groups, cultural groups, and special ability needs.
  • Identify and utilize ethically and culturally relevant strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment results.
  • Develop an action plan of intervention including measurable outcomes for students based on assessment results and diagnostics.
  • Effectively assess for, recognize, and report signs, symptoms, and risk of abuse, harm, and trauma.

Get Started

To learn more about this course or others in the online Master of Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.