Counselor education efficacy: Characteristics related to modality and professional outcomes
Jennifer L. Beasley Preffer, Regent University, United States
Regent University . Awarded
Distance learning is widely used in higher education. Many institutions offer programs leading to licensure completed solely through internet-based technologies. Accrediting bodies are increasingly writing policies to assure distance programs meet the same quality standards as face-to-face education. Despite these facts and multi-disciplinary studies citing the effectiveness of online education, counselor-training programs lag behind the academic world in distance research and online course development. This study examines career satisfaction, state licensure, NCE certification, personality characteristics, and CACREP accreditation as outcomes or predictors of effective programs. No significant differences are found in career satisfaction when comparing distance counseling and face-to-face programs. Additionally, characteristics tested provide 94% accuracy in predicting choice between distance and face-to-face programs, suggesting more research is necessary.
Beasley Preffer, J.L. Counselor education efficacy: Characteristics related to modality and professional outcomes. Ph.D. thesis, Regent University.
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