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

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

Special Education

As of July 1, 2011, the Counseling and Personnel Services Department (CAPS, EDCP) merged with two other departments (Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Education (EDHI) and Special Education (EDSP)) to form the new Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education.

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 -
    Domestic Applicants:
        Mar 1 - MEd, MA, & AGS
        Dec 15 - Ph.D
    International Applicants:
        Feb 1 - MEd, MA, & AGS
        Dec 1 - Ph.D
*No Ph.D. applicants accepted for spring
    Domestic Applicants
        Oct. 1 - MEd, MA, & AGS
    International Applicants
        Sept. 1 - MEd, MA, & AGS


Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Espino for being selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award by NASPA's Latino Knowledge Community. This award is presented to a NASPA member that has contributed significant research and publication that promote the understanding of Latinos in higher education. This individual has stimulated the desire to learn in graduate or professional development environments and served as a role model to Latinos/as in the higher education community.

Dr. Espino was also the recipient of the 2015 Hispanic Research Issues SIG Early Career Scholar Award (AERA). Dr. Espino has received this award for her outstanding scholarly contributions to Hispanic/Latina/o issues in education and service to the Hispanic/Latina/o educational community. Dr. Espino’s research focuses on stablishing more inclusive environments that support and enhance students’ educational attainment along the P-20 educational pipeline, particularly Latina/o educational pathways; college/graduate school access and retention; the use of emerging qualitative methodologies and frameworks that incorporate personal and community narratives.

Dr. Espino joins her colleagues Dr. Kimberly Griffin and Dr. Julie Park who won the Association of Higher Education (ASHE) Early Career Award in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Read the Washington Post article, The misleading lawsuit accusing Harvard of bias against Asian Americans, written by Dr. Julie Park.

For the second consecutive year, a faculty member from the Student Affairs Concentration has been awarded the 2014 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). This award, given for a significant body of scholarship and recognition of a potential for future research, was awarded to Dr. Julie Park (last year's recipient was Dr. Kimberly Griffin). Last year, Dr. Park was also recognized with the Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship from the Council for Ethnic Participation at ASHE, which is an honor for one junior scholar each year who has produced seminal, exemplary scholarship that focuses on issues specifically related to underrepresented populations of color.

Dr. Park's research addresses how race, religion, and social class affect diversity and equity in higher education, including the diverse experiences of Asian American college students. She is particularly interested in how macro-level conditions such as institutional demography and structural inequality affect organizational culture and patterns of cross-racial interaction. She is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications including her 2013 book When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education, published by Rutgers University Press. Additionally, Dr. Park sits on the editorial review boards of the Journal for College Student Development and the Journal of Higher Education. She is also a research advisory board member for the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Julie Park on these wonderful accomplishments!

Dr. Robert Lent, professor in Counseling Psychology,  was awarded the Leona Tyler Award from the Society for Counseling Psychology at the 2014 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.  Following is what was inscribed on the plaque:

Robert W. Lent has made extraordinary achievements in three different areas:  developing theory through prolific research; enhancing education and training through teaching, mentoring, writing, and editing; and advancing the profession through considerable service and in leadership roles.  He is best known for his collaborative work in developing Social Cognitive Career Theory and Career Self-Efficacy Theory; bridging social and counseling/clinical psychology; and multiple editions of the Handbook of Counseling Psychology…  His works have received global recognition and his research has influenced policy regarding STEM fields.  He is one of the most frequently cited counseling psychology researchers outside of counseling psychology and he has worked strategically to promote career and educational development.  Dr. Lent is among the most important scholarly voices of his generation in counseling psychology."

Roger Worthington, professor and chair of CHSE, presented an invited plenary session as part of the 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Conference in Washington, DC. Plenary sesssions highlight prominent speakers and current issues and topics in psychology. Dr. Worthington presented the session Difficult Diagues: Promoting Civil Disclosure in a Culture of Incivility on Saturday, August 9. Difficult dialogues are planned, purposeful educational interactions between individuals with divergent attitudes, beliefs, values, backgrounds, perspectives, and/or worldviews about complex social and moral dilemmas or controversies. Read more...

Worthington is the chair of the board of directors for the emerging Difficult Dialgues National Resource Center, which will be holding its first biennial conference in Austin, TX on September 25-26, 2014. Registration for the conference is now open at the following link:

Congratulations to Dr. Marylu McEwen, professor emerita of Student Affairs! The American College Personnel Association has named its new dissertation of the year award in her honor. This is a much deserved recognition of her contributions to the field. Read more...


CHSE faculty received the following awards at the May 9th College Assembly meeting:

Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award (Pre-Tenure Faculty): Noah Drezner.
Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award (Tenured): Mary Ann Hoffman.
Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award: Bill Strein.
Excellence in Teaching Award (Pre-Tenure Faculty): Jade Wexler.

COE Doctoral Student and Alumna Contribute to White House
Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault

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Sylvia Rosenfeld Faculty Member Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP

Dr. Sylvia Rosenfield, CHSE Professor Emerita, was honored with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at its recent conference in Seattle. read more.


Susan Komives Faculty Member Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from ACPA

Dr. Susan R. Komives was honored with the ACPA College Student Educators International's Lifetime Achievement Award for her service and academic contributions to the college student affairs profession.   read more.


Burmese Refugee Teachers Fulbright Resilient Refugee Children Malaysia Project

Burmese refugee teachers in Malaysia proudly display their teacher training certificates as part of the Fulbright-funded research project conducted by Dr. Colleen O'Neal (in center of photo) with the goal of improving classroom management of refugee students' behavior, attention, and emotions. read more.

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