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Department of Human Development and
Psychoeducational Studies (HDPES)
Program Summaries

HDPES Programs

Human Development


School Psychology and Counseling Services


Counseling Psychology


Educational Psychology


School Psychology

MEd, MEd (Specialist), PhD


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Development (130-134 credit hours)

The BS in human development is ecologically oriented and focuses on the study of individuals and families from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students may choose to concentrate on infancy, childhood, adolescence, or adult development. Specializations focus on development processes throughout the life-cycle and interpersonal relationships within the context of the family and other human/environmental settings, with special reference to African-American and underserved populations.

School Psychology and Counseling Services

Master of Education (MEd) in School Psychology and Counseling Services
(48- 70 credit hours)

The graduate master-level  program in school psychology and counseling services prepares students to provide for the assessment, intervention services, and mental health counseling needs of groups, children, families, and adults.  Graduates of the school psychology and counseling master's program primarily work as counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools--although they may also select career paths as counselors in government, business, and industrial settings as well as in private practice. Since education is the vehicle in which individuals are prepared for their various life roles, specific emphasis is placed on the strengths and challenges of African-American students and other historically disenfranchised individuals and groups as they matriculate from elementary through secondary school. Using a multicultural framework, the counseling program also focuses on the unique counseling and mental health needs of individuals and families residing in urban and metropolitan communities.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology (96 credit hours)

The PhD in counseling psychology educates and train counseling psychologists using a scientist-practitioner philosophy and to encourage students to identify and use prevention and intervention strategies that focus on the optimum strengths of each client. The training program emphasizes theory, research, experiences, and concerns around issues of diversity, such as race, gender, culture, class, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic differences and disability--particularly in an urban society.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology (72 credit hours)

The PhD in educational psychology emphasizes the practical application of learning and development theories to the study of human behavior. Students majoring in educational psychology pursue an empirically based interdisciplinary program of study. The primary objective of the program is to produce psychologists who are capable of performing scholarly research and evaluation studies and practitioners who are skillful in applying principles of psychology to the resolution of developmental and educational problems. In particular, graduates are expected to think critically; analyze and solve problems; make ethical decisions; apply knowledge by linking theory with practice; understand and use technology; know and understand self, history, and community; assume leadership roles in the global community; and demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity, and skill in working with special needs and diverse populations.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School Psychology (93-99 credit hours)

The PhD in school psychology prepares culturally and technologically competent urban school psychologists who are skilled in integrating psychological theory with tested educational principles and techniques and in applying cultural, home, and community resources (ecology framework) to better respond to the growing needs of more pluralistic and ethnically diverse urban students, clients, families, community, and society.

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