College of Education *
College of Education *



The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) incorporates three outstanding former departments, all with programs having top rankings in U.S. News and World Report, 2014:  Counseling and Personnel Services (ranked #1 for 14 years in a row), School Psychology (ranked #4), Higher Education (ranked #11), and Special Education (ranked #11). 

A dynamic and diverse group of faculty representing seven specialty areas provides innovative and exemplary graduate and undergraduate education. Our department’s Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Higher Education, Student Affairs, International Education Policy, and Special Education prepare scholars and researchers committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in a variety of educational settings and contexts.  We also offer an Ed.D. that prepares educational leaders for 21st Century schools.

A   wide variety of Master’s degrees are offered to prepare practitioners to work in the field of Student Affairs, Higher Education and International Education Policy as well as tobecome certified as School Counselors or Special Education teachers.  

Collectively, our undergraduate and graduate programs are at the forefront of their disciplines and emphasize excellence in scholarship and professional practice.  We value the quality of our programs and the excellence of our faculty, staff, and students, and we pride ourselves on maintaining a collaborative community.  As a department we consistently seek to produce nationally and internationally recognized research, scholarship, and policy that promote equity, diversity, global perspectives, and social justice in education and human service contexts.