Title

Student Perspectives of the Integration of Faith and Learning in an Online Counselor Education Program: A Program Evaluation

Date

6-2016

Department

Counseling Department

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair

Fernando Garzon

Keywords

Counselor Education, Integration, Online Learning, Pedagogy

Disciplines

Counseling | Counselor Education | Education

Abstract

The integration of faith and learning is a valued aspect of Christian education and holds particular importance in training professional counselors. Currently, literature related to integration learning has been limited to residential environments, and students’ expectations and most valued aspects of learning integration have received little attention even in this more traditional learning format. Additionally, online counselor education programs are growing, making the need for exploration in this area increasingly important. The following quantitative study explored student perceptions of integration learning in counselor education in an online environment. Building off of previous survey design collected in a resident environment, student ratings of importance as well as satisfaction with integrative teaching practices in an online master’s-level professional counseling program were explored. A two-factor solution of student values (importance) that mirrored previous research was observed. Participants demonstrated satisfaction and in each factor area of integrative teaching practice. No disparity between what participants rated as important and how they rated satisfaction in each area was observed.

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