According to the American Educational Research Association, “[e]ducation research is the scientific field of study that examines education and learning processes and the human attributes, interactions, organizations, and institutions that shape educational outcomes. Scholarship in the field seeks to describe, understand, and explain how learning takes place throughout a person’s life and how formal and informal contexts of education affect all forms of learning. Education research embraces the full spectrum of rigorous methods appropriate to the questions being asked and also drives the development of new tools and methods.”
Per the 2017-18 handbook for Villanova’s Masters in Counseling program, “[t]he training of professional counselors in the Villanova University Counseling program reflects the faculty's view of the ultimate goals of counseling in a pluralistic society: enhancing the cognitive, affective, and social/interpersonal development of individuals and groups, fostering independence in decision-making, and developing effective problem-solving strategies. The realization of these goals is achieved directly through counseling and consulting, and indirectly through the coordination of ancillary services.”
“Villanova University's Counseling program emphasizes counselor skill development and personal growth, which are considered prerequisites to helping others. The program reflects a humanistic orientation, with an emphasis on developing counseling relationships that are open, accepting and non-judgmental, yet reality-based. Consequently, the counseling program provides experiences and training that generate such behaviors.”
While this description is drawn from the graduate student handbook, the same philosophy is reflected in faculty research and undergraduate course offerings.
For undergraduates, the department offers:
The department also supports teacher certification in Social Studies for students in Villanova’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program.
The department supports the following graduate programs:
-M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in either Clinical Mental Health or PK-12 School Counseling.
-M.A. in Education with a concentration in either Education, Teacher Leadership or Higher Education.
Finally, the department offers a joint B.A/M. A program in Education and offers one-credit workshops that can be counted by practitioners towards Act 48 credit, an M.A. in Education, or a Post-Baccalaureate certificate.
The Library's education and counseling collections primarily support the research and instruction of education and counseling students and faculty. Resource selection and retention is largely driven by faculty research interests and the curriculum. Faculty selections and course readings are prioritized.
The main areas of interest in education at Villanova include: scholar-practitioner philosophy of teaching; justice issues in teaching and learning; Catholic secondary education; special education; disability studies; the history of American education and youth; student engagement, student voice and youth organizing for social change; multicultural education; assessment; higher education administration and history; philosophy of education, comparative and international education; queer theory; children’s and young adult literature; and literacy as social practice.
The main areas of interest in counseling at Villanova include: counselor competencies; counselor training, including effective pedagogical practices for multicultural counselor training; family counseling; homelessness and school counseling; school counselor leadership and advocacy; first generation college students; racial and ethnic identity development; multicultural counseling; attachment, mentalization, and pregnancy; group dynamics; maternal mental health; addiction; rational emotive behavior therapy; and play therapy.
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Last revised: 6/30/2018