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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.

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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:

CHSE Welcomes Its New Department Chair

Professor Roger L. Worthington is the new Chair of the CHSE Department.  Dr. Worthington was previously a professor at the University of Missouri (1997-2014) with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. His first faculty appointment was at Boston College (1994-1997). He received his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1995 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dr. Worthington was the assistant deputy chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri (MU) from 2006 to 2011. During that time, he was also a founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association with scholarship focused on diversity in higher education, multicultural counseling competencies, sexual identity development, and difficult dialogues teaching and learning. He is the current editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and a recent associate editor for the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Worthington was the principal investigator and project director of the MU Difficult Dialogues Program, a project funded by three prestigious Ford Foundation grants. He is currently chair of the board of directors for the emerging Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center.

Dr. Worthington is also a licensed psychologist and he has taught courses to undergraduate and graduate students on ethics and law for professional psychology, counseling and interpersonal skills, research design, measurement, multicultural counseling, and difficult dialogues. He is a nationally recognized scholar and higher education consultant on issues of diversity in counseling and education. He has won numerous awards for academic, service, and teaching excellence.

The CHSE faculty, staff, and students are delighted to welcome Professor Worthington to our department!



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


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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Noah Drezner
Emerging Data on How Gays Give

Professor Drezner's research on LGBT philanthropy profiled in Nation's leading nonprofit newspaper, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


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.


Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education Cover
Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors

Dr. Noah Drezner's new book is now available from Routledge Press, click here for order information.

"...admirably concise yet comprehensive... insightfully synthesize and analyze current research, theory, and practice..."
-- Bruce A. Kimball, Professor of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University

"...a must-read for anyone and everyone desiring to expand their donor base."
--Dwight Burlingame, Director of Academic Programs, School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

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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