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Critically Analyzing and Improving Graduate Student Learning in a Counseling Theories Course
Isaac Burt and Andy Pham
The authors conducted a mixed method study in order to determine gaps in graduate student learning and teaching instruction in a theories course. Sixtyeight counseling students at a CACREP-accredited program participated in the study. Quantitative results indicated participants in the study performed lower when compared to national averages for other students in CACREP-accredited programs. Qualitative results suggested faculty instruction needed improvement in teaching concepts. A discussion follows stating implications for counselor education programs and graduate student learning. Keywords: counselor education, counselor education curriculum, counselor education student development, CACREP