Viola, Saeki & Hendricker

Distance Education in Graduate Training Programs: Lessons Learned from School Psychology Students

Shannon Viola, University of Houston- Victoria
Elina Saeki, California State University- Los Angeles
Elise Hendricker, University of Houston- Victoria


Although online course offerings continue to expand in postsecondary institutions, little research regarding distance education in applied graduate psychology programs is available. This exploratory study evaluated school psychology graduate students’ perceptions, interests, and experience with distance education. Results indicated students view hybrid/blended courses more favorably than fully online courses. While students reported challenges and disadvantages with distance education, they also expressed a desire to have more online and hybrid/blended courses for theoretical and foundational courses. Those who have taken distance education courses reported positively on its impact towards their academic progress. Implications for training programs and future research are discussed.

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