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Academic programs

The College of Education and Human Development combines cutting-edge research with practical applications to create truly multidisciplinary programs.

Our internationally known faculty members encourage students to identify problems, ask critical questions, and develop creative solutions to transform individuals, families, and communities.

    Areas of study

  • Degrees

Adult Education

Learn how adults gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values.

Adult Literacy

This program is designed to prepare teachers, administrators, trainers, and counselors in the political, social, economic, and theoretical aspects of adult literacy.

Advance Practices in Second Language Teaching

This program is designed for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second language looking to master new models and strategies in their practice.

Applied Child and Adolescent Development

Learn how to draw on development science to address the needs of children and adolescents in advocacy, community, and health care settings. (Online degree)

Applied psychology in educational and community settings (APECS)

Gain experience working with children and youth in educational settings

Arts in Education

Learn about the teaching strategies for building knowledge and skills in visual arts, dance, and theatre arts.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Prepare to work with children and youth with autism spectrum disorder by learning methods of assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation.

Business and Marketing Education

Courses in sales and marketing prepare you for careers in a variety of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial startups to nonprofit management.

Child Psychology

Prepare for a career in research. Specialize in an area such as cognitive development, language, learning, executive function, social development, or developmental psychobiology and neuroscience.

* offered through CLA

Clinical Physiology and Movement Science

Coaching

If you're interested in pursuing sport management or teacher licensure, this certificate gives you a foundation for developing your coaching skills.

Comparative International Development Education

Our students examine educational ideas, practices, and systems through a global lens. We research how cultures, governments, and markets effect our educational philosophies and structures.

Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology

Counsel others throughout the lifespan. Work in schools, colleges, or community organizations, and help people develop personally and socially, in their academic or career pursuits.

Couple and Family Therapy

Become a leader in the field of couple/marriage and family therapy (C/MFT) and work systemically with diverse families and communities locally and internationally.

Culture and Teaching

Investigate critical issues related to equity, democracy and social justice in education. Study a variety of perspectives and methods across broad social, cultural, and political contexts.

Disability Policy and Services

This program surveys the spectrum of education, health, and social services available to individuals with disabilities and their families, and the public and private networks of disability services.

Dual Language and Immersion Education

Work effectively in dual language and immersion settings, in programs where the second / foreign / heritage / indigenous language is the vehicle to teach school subjects.

Early Childhood

Prepare to enter a master’s level teaching licensure program for ages birth to 3rd grade, or prepare to work in educational settings where a teaching license is not required.

Early Childhood Education

Study children's development from birth to age eight, a time of rapid development and change. Prepare for a teaching career or careers in social service agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Education Policy and Leadership

Prepare to work to continuously improve educational quality and effectiveness so that young people graduate from secondary education well-prepared to continue their learning and contribute to their communities.

Elementary Education

Contribute to the advancement of knowledge so necessary to address the dynamic challenges of contemporary education at the elementary level

Teaching English as Second Language

Teach English to adult speakers of other languages in programs such as intensive English programs and English writing programs on college and university campuses across the U.S. and internationally.

English Education

Prepare for teaching in secondary schools and pursue a career in teaching English language arts. We offer a range of courses in Language, Literature, Writing, and teaching English.

Evaluation Studies

Examine the techniques and process of program evaluation and policy research. Gain qualitative and quantitative methods expertise and useful experiences in the practice of program evaluation and policy studies.

Family Social Science

Improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Pursue careers in social services and nonprofit organizations, or prepare for graduate work in areas such as school counseling and social work.

Family Violence Prevention

Expand your knowledge of preventing family violence through this minor in the School of Social Work.

Higher Education

Study the experiences, practices, and decisions of those involved in post-secondary education, as well as on the sociopolitical contexts in which higher education exists

Human Resource Development

Study the methods and practices for helping employees and organizations develop their skills, knowledge, and abilities.

K-12 Technology Integration

Use research-backed best practices in using technology and the Internet in the classroom.

Kinesiology

Help people live healthier lives. Kinesiology - the study of physical activity and human movement - prepares you for a variety of careers in health science and wellness.

Leadership in Education

Become an educational leader who fosters continuous learning and improvement. Prepare to advance school-wide and district-wide reforms for coherent educational systems and programs.

Learning Technologies

Prepare for research and practice in teaching and learning strategies using multimedia, design, K-12 technology integration, online distance learning and learning analytics.

Literacy Education

Become a leading scholar in the areas of children's and adolescent literature, critical literacy, English education, reading, and writing.

Math Education

Prepare to teach in K-12 schools, with coursework covering research and best practices in math education.

Multicultural Teaching and Learning

Apply current theory and practice related to access, persistence, and student achievement to successfully address the changing needs of postsecondary education

Multimedia Design and Development

Designed for K-12 teachers, higher education instructors and corporate trainers who want to produce and design software to enhance learning.

Online Learning

Develop knowledge and skill in best practices for designing and delivering online distance learning.

Outdoor Recreation and Education

An experiential program that can be completed through international and U.S. travel opportunities.

Parent and Family Education

Prepare to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs in a variety of settings that support and educate parents and families.

Physical Activity and Health

Learn about the leading-edge research, trends, and practices in physical activity as they relate to health. Discover techniques for implementing programs through population-based physical activity.

PK-12 Administrative Licensure

Prepare to be a licensed administrator as a K-12 principal, superintendent, director of special education, or director of community education.

Prevention Science

The scientific study of systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behavior, and to promote health and adaptive behavior in populations across the life span.

Professional Development

Design, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for PreK-12 educators and related staff.

Program Evaluation

Intensive study of the techniques and process of evaluation and policy research, in addition to the social and political context within which program evaluation occurs.

Psychological Foundations of Education

Study the psychological processes critical to education, focusing on cognitive and social-emotional development, including high-level cognition and factors shaping and enhancing learning throughout the lifespan.

Quantitative Methods in Education

Discover solutions to issues in educational research, assessment, and program evaluation through measurement, evaluation, and statistics.

Racial Justice in Urban Schooling

Analyze educational practices that marginalize students from non-dominant social groups and learn how to support those students.

Recreation Administration

Help individuals, families, and communities live healthy and satisfying lives. Gain experience in recreation administration through internships and experiential learning.

School Psychology

Through work in schools settings or research, help students succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.

Science Education

Earn a license to teach high-school chemistry, earth and space science, life science, and/or physics. Students can also add a Grades 5-8 license in general science.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education

Become an expert in STEM Education, the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Second Language Education

Combine best practices in teaching and learning through one of fifteen language areas

Social Justice

Examine how to create socially just communities through this minor in the School of Social Work.

Social Studies Education

Develop research-based knowledge for teaching social studies, with emphases on political socialization, political tolerance, authentic assessment, citizenship and civics education, and democratic thought.

Social Work

Advanced social work practice and leadership, with focus areas of Clinical Mental Health, Community Practice, Families and Children, and Health, Disability and Aging.

Special Education

Prepare to teach students with mild-moderate disabilities in grade K through age 21. Improve outcomes for individuals who require specialized support to achieve success throughout their lifespan.

Sport Management

Combine theoretical instruction and practical experience to prepare for leadership success in the sports industry and marketplace.

Sport and Exercise Science

Health-related advanced study with focus tracks in Sport Performance, Athletic Training, and Health Promotion

Talent Development and Gifted Education

Develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12, postsecondary schools and other settings.

Teaching Writing and Critical Literacy

Gain strategies for teaching the writing process to English-language learners and diverse populations while incorporating reading and writing across the curriculum

Youth Development Leadership

Work with and on behalf of youth, creating space for what’s possible with a grounding in current research as well as hands-on learning.

Youth Studies

Make a difference in young people's lives. Prepare for careers working with youth in a variety of settings or pursue graduate work in social work, education, or public policy.