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Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, & Counselor Education (CoPE)

Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy (HESI)

Special Education

Project Propell: New Doctoral Program in Language and Literacy

Project ProPELL is a new doctoral leadership program within Special Education focused on preparing practice-based researchers with expertise in language and literacy to support high-need students with learning disabilities. The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Funding is provided for a cohort of students to admitted for a four year program beginning in Fall 2016.  Click here for information on this new program.

To read more about Project ProPELL click on the following news stories:
Project ProPELL: $1.25M training grant focused on language, literacy and learning disabilities
Special education faculty offer new doctoral program in Language and Literacy

Want to be a Special Education Teacher? Employment opportunities are numerous!

NEW EDSP program options available – for undergraduate students, apply for the Special Education B.S. Teacher Preparation Program OR for graduate students, apply for the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) Teacher Preparation Program. Programs prepare teachers in Elementary/Middle or Early Childhood Special Education who are eligible to teach in 49 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, British Columbia, and Department of Defense Schools. For more information, please go to:



Admission Deadlines:

Counseling Psychology - December 1
Higher Education - December 1
International Education - December 1
School Counseling - December 1
School Psychology - December 1
Student Affairs - December 1
Special Education -

  • MEd/Cert (1 & 2 year) - Mar 1
  • MEd/Non-Cert & AGS - June 15
  • MA & Ph.D - Dec 1 (Preferred)
  • MA & Ph.D - Feb 1 (Final)
**The EDSP Program will no longer accept applications for the spring semester


Nelly P.  Stromquist, professor in the International Education Policy program, has just been awarded the title of honorary fellow by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).  With this award, a “recognition of the highest distinction” by CIES, she becomes the sixth woman and the first Latin American to receive the award in the 60-year history of CIES, a professional organization comprising about 2500 members.


Congratulations to Dr. Alberto Cabrera for receiving the Mentor of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). This is a very significant recognition in the field of Higher Education which recognizes the excellent contributions that Alberto has made over the course of his career in working with graduate students and junior colleagues. Dr. Cabrera will receive this award on November 6th in Denver at the national conference. 

Dr. Cabrera has been the recipient of numerous awards over the course of his career and this distinction at this time in his career could not be more deserving. While this award personally goes to Alberto it has important implications for the Higher Education program and the quality of interactions that students can expect from our faculty. Congratulations Alberto you make us proud as you put UMD on the map!

Congratulations to Dr. Bob Lent, who received the 2015 Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association (NCDA).  This is NCDA’s highest award and was given in recognition of Bob’s major contributions to theory, research, and practice of career development and counseling.  Past winners of this award include Donald Super, Leona Tyler, John Holland, and John Krumboltz.

Dr. Lent also delivered the Leona Tyler Award Address to the Society for Counseling Psychology at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. This is the top award given by the Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of APA) and this award acknowledges extraordinary contributions to the field in multiple areas including scholarship. 

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Worthington for being selected as the 2015 winner of the Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally, bestowed by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (Division 44 of the American Psychological Association). 

The Evelyn Hooker Award was launched in 2008 to honor Dr. Hooker's legacy as an ally of people with sexual minority orientations.  Division 44 offers this award for distinguished contribution by an ally in the areas of research, clinical practice, education and training, public advocacy, mentorship, and/or leadership.


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