Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling Course Descriptions

EHC 510 - Statistical Procedures (3 hours)
Principles and procedures for statistical interpretation of data. Study of measures and control tendency, variability, correlation, and introductory predictive and inferential statistics.

EHC 530 - Loss and Grief Counseling (1 hour)
Offers students the opportunity to understand the beliefs about loss and grief, blockers, and interventions. Students will identify the different types of losses. Loss and grief seem to underlie all life experience, and culture and gender influence how we grieve and mourn.

EHC 540 - Human Growth and Development (3 hours)
Cognitive and experiential learning in human growth and development. Cognitive learning through reading and research into developmental patterns of humans through the developmental stages: birth; infancy; early childhood; primary, middle, and high school years; adulthood; geriatrics. Experiential activities emphasize personal contact and on-site work with people at different ages and stages of physical and psychological development.

EHC 550 - Independent Study (1-6 hours)
Independent study in a selected area related to educational goals.

EHC 551 - Substance Abuse Counseling (2 hours)
Basic counseling interventions for prevention, remediation, and treatment of substance abuse.

EHC 580 - Financial Leadership in Human Service Administration (3 hours)
Provides students with a comprehensive overview of financial management related to human service organizations. Topics include various budgeting systems and other financial management tools; service costing and the linking of costs to performance measures; fee setting; and government contracting.

EHC 581 - Topics in Human Service Administration (1-3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six hours credit.

EHC 582 - Grant Writing in Human Service Administration (3 hours)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to grant writing and methods for writing grant proposals. Students will learn to critique, research, and write grant proposals. Emphasis will be placed upon organization of a grant writing campaign and preparation of a complete proposal package.

EHC 583 - Supervision and Employee Engagement in HSA (3 hours)
Focuses on the recruitment, selection, and engagement of employees within the context of mission in human service organizations.

EHC 584 - Topics in Human Development Counseling (1-6 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six hours credit.

EHC 585 - Understanding Schools: A Primer for Non-Teachers (2 hours)
Intended for non-teachers seeking Illinois certification for school counselors. This course is a combined survey and field observation experience. Students will learn about the structure, organization, and operation of the U.S. educational system P-12 as exemplified in local school districts. Students will be required to observe in a school four hours per week.

EHC 586 - Counseling Diverse Populations (3 hours)
Value systems in diverse groups; the use of philosophies and models of diversity in establishing an effective, helping relationship.

EHC 604 - Research Methodology and Applications (3 hours)
Focus on quantitative and qualitative methods of research utilized in the areas of education and social science. Examination of sources of information for research, various designs, basic statistics, interviewing strategies, and observational techniques. Students will learn to critique and write research proposals in their areas of study. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

EHC 605 - Legal and Social Change (3 hours)
Analysis of the effects of legal and social change on lives of young people and on the work of educators and other helping professionals; focus on selected issues of legal and social change with diverse populations. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

EHC 606 - Interpersonal Behavior & Organizational Leadership (3 hours)
Skills related to interpersonal communication, organizational behavior, and leadership values clarification with diverse populations. Extensive opportunities for practicing and evaluating personal communication skills. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

EHC 610 - Survey in Human Service Administration (3 hours)
An introduction to the roles and responsibilities of administrators in human service organizations. Trends in human service delivery, including organizational leadership and culture, human resource management, financial management, strategic planning, working with boards, marketing and public relations, social service partnership and collaboration.

EHC 611 - Instructional Leadership (3 hours)
Problem solving approach to general curriculum development from an administrative perspective, focusing on basic curriculum decisions, processes of change associated with curriculum planning, and contemporary issues and trends at state and national levels.

EHC 612 - Institutional Planning and Evaluation (3 hours)
Identification, analysis, and application of techniques and tools of institutional planning and evaluation. Program, personnel, financial, facility, and institutional planning. Prerequisite: EHC 610.

EHC 620 - Human Development Counseling (2 hours)
A survey course introducing the counseling profession as the promotion of human development, including an overview of the historical and philosophical development of the field, a survey of relevant skills, client population, and settings. Required of all students preparing to become leaders in the profession of counseling.

EHC 621 - Career and Life Planning Across the Life Span (3 hours)
Basic counseling skills for career planning, exploration, and decision-making. Vocational guidance and career development of elementary and high school students; roles of women entering the work force; physically handicapped workers; inner city youth; adult workers making vocational changes in middle life; older workers preparing for retirement. Practical experience in interviewing, vocational assessment, career information gathering and distribution; labor market research. (Area e)

EHC 622 - Counseling: Ethics and the Law (1 hour)
An advanced exploration of the legal, professional, and ethical dilemmas faced by professional counselors and supervisors. Familiarity with an application of the current American Counseling Association Code of Ethics as well as relevant state of Illinois and federal civil and criminal law will be demonstrated by students.

EHC 623 - Pre-Practicum in Counseling (3 hours)
Instruction, demonstration, practice, and evaluation in basic interviewing and response skills. Emphasis on practice and skill development. (Area d) Prerequisite: EHC 620 or concurrent enrollment.

EHC 624 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 hours)
Study and evaluation of major theories of counseling toward developing a working theory of counseling and understanding of dynamics of human behavior. (Area d) Prerequisite: EHC 623 or concurrent enrollment; consent of instructor.

EHC 625 - Principles of Group Counseling (3 hours)
Group theory and dynamics as applied in group counseling. Group practices, methods, procedures, and group leader facilitation skills. Supervised practice and experience in group counseling as leader and participant. Prerequisite: EHC 623 and 624 and consent of instructor.

EHC 630 - Psychodiagnostics and Psychopathology in Counseling (3 hours)
An overview of psychodiagnostics and psychopathology. Basics of psychodiagnostics and psychopathology will be covered. Students will gain a working knowledge of the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as well as a basis of treatments for mental disorders. Prerequisite: EHC 624.

EHC 631 - Crisis Intervention Counseling (1 hour)
An overview of responses to crises of various types including those that are more individual, those that affect families, and those that have wider impact for entire communities. When these crises occur, normal problem-solving methods are typically insufficient to address the level of emotional and social difficulties involved. Practical intervention techniques are practiced and opportunities to observe people in the field are offered.

EHC 632 - Psychopharmacology in Counseling (1 hour)
An overview of psychopharmacological in counseling. Basics of psychopharmacology will be covered. Prerequisite: EHC 630.

EHC 640 - Clinical Supervision (2 hours)
Offers students the opportunity to better understand the supervisory process. Evidenced-based supervision (EBS) will be at the core. Students will learn the different models of supervision and a common factors approach. Prerequisite: EHC 623 and EHC 624.

EHC 641 - Appraisal of the Individual (3 hours)
Development of a framework for understanding the individual. Methods of data gathering and interpretation, individual and group testing, case study approaches, and study of individual differences—ethnic, cultural, and sex factors. (Area b)

EHC 651 - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 hours)
How communities and community agencies can work to promote human development. Role of the counselor as a change agent and client advocate within the network of community agencies along with an introduction to administration, finance, and accountability within mental health organizations. Prerequisite: EHC 620 or consent of instructor.

EHC 653 - Professional School Counseling K-8 (3 hours)
Elementary and middle professional school counseling programs, including administration, finance, and accountability; cognitive and experiential skills. History and development of school counseling; elementary and middle school education and counseling programs (similarities and differences); group and individual counseling; the counselor's role in school testing; career planning and exploration. Practical experiences. (Area d) Prerequisite: EHC 620 or consent of instructor.

EHC 654 - Consultation in the Helping Professions (2 hours)
A conceptual understanding of effective consultation and its relevance to the helping professional. Demonstration of knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective consultative services in schools and clinical mental health agencies. Prerequisite: EHC 620 and foundational concentration course (EHC 651, 653, or 655) or consent of instructor.

EHC 655 - Professional School Counseling in Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Secondary professional school counseling programs, including administration, finance, and accountability; cognitive and experiential skills. History and development of school counseling; secondary school education and counseling programs (similarities and differences); group and individual counseling; the counselor's role in school testing; career planning and exploration. Practical experiences. Prerequisite: EHC 620 or consent of instructor.

EHC 661 - Couple and Family Counseling (3 hours)
Theories and techniques of couples and family counseling. Emphasis is on working with couples, families, and children to promote human development, including the role of the family counselor within the network of school and clinical mental health settings. Prerequisite: EHC 651 or 653 or 655.

EHC 662 - Community Relations (1 hour)
Developing effective community relations through a four-step process involving two-way communication and researching, planning, communicating, and evaluating.

EHC 663 - Counseling and the Dynamics of Aging (1 hour)
The mental health dynamics of aging and its impact on the human service professions. Practical skills of gerontological counseling and their relationship to the concerns of aging.

EHC 669 - Special Education Law (2 hours)
Statutory provisions of IDEA, Section 504, and ADA. Special education process including classification, identification and evaluation, related services, least restrictive environment, and due process proceedings.

EHC 670 - Human Resource Management (3 hours)
Survey of the major approaches to supervision and evaluation in K-12 education; examination of the relationship between evaluation practices, professional development, and the improvement of instruction; and exercises to develop skills of classroom observation and conferencing.

EHC 673 - Leadership Perspectives (3 hours)
Concepts of leadership, organizational theory, and decision making presented from multiple perspectives; focus on the practice of educational and human service administration. Prerequisite: EHC 606 or consent of instructor.

EHC 676 - The School Principalship (3 hours)
Various components, background, and training for an entry-level elementary or secondary school principal. Prerequisite: EHC 673 or consent of instructor.

EHC 677 - Educational Finance (2 hours)
Theory and practice; historical and present sources of revenue and allocation of funds.

EHC 678 - United States Public School Law (3 hours)
Legal aspects of education. Constitutional, statute, and administrative laws related to public and private education.

EHC 681 - Seminar in Educational Administration (0-6 hours)
Special problems, areas, or current issues in student's chosen field within educational administration/supervision. Maximum of three hours may be taken under a single topic.

EHC 682 - Seminar in Human Service Administration (1-6 hours)
Special problems, area, or current issues in human service administration.

EHC 684 - Seminar in Professional Counseling (0-6 hours)
Seminar for students specializing in counseling who desire to concentrate on special problems or areas. A variable credit course that may be taken more than one to a maximum of 6 hours.

EHC 686 - Field Experiences in Administration (0-6 hours)
A culminating experience to give the student the opportunity to work with a practicing administrator in the application of theoretical knowledge from previous coursework to administrative tasks. Accompanying seminars focus on selected topics associated with leadership and administration. Requires 150 hours of supervised activity for three hours of credit.

EHC 690 - Practicum (2 hours)
Supervised counseling experience with individuals and groups in student's area of interest. Prerequisite: EHC 625 and consent of instructor.

EHC 691 - Internship I (1-2 hours)
Supervised post-practicum work experience appropriate to student's career goals. Prerequisite: EHC 690; consent of instructor.

EHC 692 - Internship II (1-6 hours)
Supervised post-practicum work experience appropriate to student's career goals. Prerequisite: EHC 690; consent of instructor.

EHC 699 - Thesis (0-6 hours)
Advanced educational or social science research under the guidance of a departmental faculty member. Student will design, develop, and present the research proposal, then conduct the approved research study consistent with the Committee for Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR) regulations and university ethical guidelines. Minimum of 3.0 and maximum of 6.0 hours may be taken and applied toward Master's degree.