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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
    • International: March 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


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.


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 establishing 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!

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 sessions highlight prominent speakers and current issues and topics in psychology. Dr. Worthington presented the session Difficult Dialogues: 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 world views about complex social and moral dilemmas or controversies. Read more...

Worthington is the chair of the board of directors for the emerging Difficult Dialogues 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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