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Rodriguez featured in University's Driven to Discover campaign

The opportunity gap among children in our society is growing, and part of the problem is how we assess and educate them. Professor Michael Rodriguez is working to close the gap by helping schools understand how to work with diverse students, families, and communities.

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I conduct research with young children and their families to explore language development and interventions within naturally occurring routines.”

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Anne Larson, Ph.D '16 Assistant professor, Utah State University

Anne researches early language development and studies sociocultural and environmental factors that affect child-caregiver interactions.

Where are they now

Our alumni find jobs. In fact, 100% of our counseling and student personnel psychology and school psychology students found jobs in 2015. Dedicated to improving the way people learn and grouw, our graduates work in schools and communities and conduct cutting edge research in educational psychology.

Below are just a few examples of our graduates' careers.

Counseling and student personnel psychology

  • Licensed K-12 school counselors
  • College and student personnel counselors
  • Mental health professionals in community agencies

Psychological foundations of education

  • Government employees
  • Health care organization evaluators/researchers
  • Employees in human and social service organizations
  • Research scientists at universities and corporations
  • Instructors and researchers at colleges and universities (Ph.D. only)
  • Employees in other educational settings (e.g., K-12 school research offices)

Quantitative methods in education

  • Public school systems
  • Private industry
  • Research and evaluation centers
  • State departments of instruction
  • Instructors and researchers at colleges and universities (Ph.D. only)
  • Test publishing firms

More info on where quantitative methods in education graduates found jobs.

School psychology

  • M.A./Specialist: Work in public and private schools, preschools, and state departments of education
  • Ph.D.: Work in universities (as faculty), mental health agencies, research centers and think tanks, clinical settings, state departments of education, and independent practices.

Special education

  • B.S./ABS licensure: Teach individuals in special education from birth to age 21
  • M.Ed./licensure: Teach individuals in special education from birth to age 21
  • M.A./Ph.D.: Conduct research, teach in universities, and work in other educational settings in special education.