Counselor Education 615

COED 615: Assessment and Appraisal Techniques in Counseling

Prerequisites: COED 610, COED 611 or faculty approval

Credit Hours: (3)

This course is designed to provide counselors and other behavioral science helping professionals knowledge, skills, and abilities in educational, occupational, and mental health assessment.  The course objective is to aid students in becoming knowledgeable, skillful, and thoughtful in the exercise of professional judgment based assessment derived from clinical observations, consultation, and objective assessments.  The course also instructs counselors in assessment procedure to evaluate current functioning of a client in varying settings including schools, colleges or universities, and mental health treatment facilities.  The course addresses professional issues related to the ethical use of assessment tools and strategies in a culture of diversity.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of this course will be to provide the student with an overview of standardized tests, rating scales and other evaluative instruments. The course also places emphasis on the interpretation and use of scores for guidance, counseling, and instructional decisions.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture/Lab - Complete the mini-lab experience (case study)

  • Evaluate (Review) each type of test discussed in class
  • Participate in class
  • Tests


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The objectives of this course are:

1. To understand the historical development of tests and measurements.
2. To be aware of the current status of testing
3. To understand and be able to perform elementary educational statistics.
4. To understand and use the basic computer operations.
5. To examine various instruments and procedures used in psychological assessment
6. To have an understanding of what various student populations.
7. To plan testing programs for various student populations.
8. To coordinate and administer the testing program.
9. To interpret test results for/with students, parents, school personnel, and others.
10. To read and comprehend current professional periodicals dealing with research, educational measurements, and testing.
11. To become familiar with techniques for evaluating personal counseling skills and practices.
12. To work with a child, teenager, or adult in mini-lab experiences where theory is put into practice.


Assessment Measures

  • Tests 50%
  • Mini-lab 30%
  • Test reviews 10%
  • Class participation 10%


Other Course Information



Review and Approval
April 1999 Revised