This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in COUN 5399B.
Prerequisite: The student must obtain consent of a Professional Counseling Graduate Faculty member to act as the thesis committee chair and have the permission of that professor to enroll in this course.
The role of the thesis committee chairperson is to mentor the student’s research and writing. The chair must be a Professional Counseling Graduate Faculty member and should have expertise and/or significant interest in the student’s thesis topic. The other two committee members are thesis ‘readers’ and may be asked to serve on the committee also based on the faculty member’s interest in the student’s topic and/or research design. These additional committee members must also be Graduate Faculty members of the Professional Counseling Program.
COUN 5399A is the first of two thesis courses. During this semester, the expectations are that the student makes significant progress in writing of the thesis.
The objectives of this first semester include, but are not limited to:
- establish the topic of the thesis
- establish the Thesis Committee
- write, complete, and submit the thesis proposal
- begin writing the literature review
- establish research design
The student and thesis committee chair may establish additional objectives.
Methods of Instruction:
Lectures via multiple multimedia formats (e.g., class discussions, powerpoint, handouts, etc.), outside activities, small group role plays, and experiential exercises.
Prior to enrollment in this course the student shall:
- have read the handbook located at the Graduate College website: Thesis & Dissertation Guide http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thesis&DissertationGuide/index.htm
- selected an area of study which has been approved in general by the committee chair
During this first semester of thesis the student will:
- receive Graduate College approval of the thesis committee (see form in above noted Thesis Guide)
- submit a Thesis Proposal form to the Graduate College (see form in above noted Thesis Guide; registration for COUN 5399B is not allowed until proposal has been approved through the Graduate College)
Graded on a progress (PR) or no credit (F) basis.
Credit (CR) is not given until the thesis is approved by the Graduate College during COUN 5399B semester.
The student will meet with the chair of his/her thesis committee on a regular basis. This schedule will be developed and agreed upon by the professor and thesis student.