Dr. Sarah Torok-Gerard

Teaching Area(s): Psychology and Neuroscience

With respect to interesting curricula, in addition to integrating service-learning projects into my own courses, I served on the University’s General Education Task Force since its inception and continue to serve as a member of the Integrative Core Advisory Board.

School Counseling Learning Objectives

Knowledge Base. The learning outcomes in this area are as follows:

  1. Integrate various theories, methodologies, and practices within the fields of psychology, sociology, and education.
  2. Apply knowledge of psychology, sociology, and education to one’s own world and educational setting.

Intellectual Skills. The learning outcomes in this area are as follows:

  1. Critically evaluate psychological, sociological, and educational research.
  2. Design and conduct quantitative research demonstrating the effective use of technological resources and application of psychological principles.
  3. Demonstrate sound written and oral communication skills in academic and applied settings.
  4. Think critically, formulate effective arguments, and solve problems through effective utilization of information.

Personal Characteristics. The learning outcomes in this area are as follows:

  1. Show understanding of one’s own and others’ feelings, thoughts, and actions.
  2. Show empathy, caring, respect, and acceptance of others by demonstrating an appreciation for individual differences and cultural diversity.

Values, Ethics, and Professionalism. The learning outcomes in this area are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of empirical evidence and the ever changing environments of the educational setting.
  2. Acquire hands-on experience in educational settings (e.g., internships, shadowing, practicums) that provide applied experiences for school counselors.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to behave ethically in academic and applied settings.

Career Development.The learning outcomes in this area are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in educational settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.
  2. Be familiar with the professional expectations and qualifications for certification and/or licensure in the field of school counseling (and be aware that these requirements vary from state to state).
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