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Message From the Chair


Welcome to the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education!!

The field of education is changing rapidly across the world as economic transformations, technological advances, and demographic shifts produce new regional, national, and global contexts. As a result, advanced professional practice professions must be responsive to the new challenges and demands of the 21st Century.

The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) at the University of Maryland is uniquely positioned to produce new knowledge, provide advanced graduate and undergraduate training, and fulfill the land grant service mission of a public institution of higher education.

CHSE represents three outstanding areas of concentration, all with exceptional rankings in U.S. News and World Report: Counseling and Personnel Services (ranked #1 for 15 years in a row), Higher Education (ranked #11 in 2014), and Special Education (ranked #11 in 2015). Nowhere else will you find our unique combination of extraordinary educational programs led by a diverse and talented faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship and leadership.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the variety of educational programs and opportunities available to students in CHSE, including Counseling Psychology, School Counseling, School Psychology, Higher Education, International Education Policy, Student Affairs, and Special Education.

The mission of CHSE exemplifies rich and lasting leadership in our commitments to equity, diversity, global perspectives, and social justice advanced through research, scholarship, and policy guidance across our fields of study, and our innovative and exemplary graduate and undergraduate education programs.

Please contact us for more information about our outstanding educational opportunities.


Roger L. Worthington, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education


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