Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling
About the Department
As our largest graduate department, both in terms of programs offered and students served, the Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling (EPLC) Department trains scholars and practitioners that have a direct impact on the communities they serve, whether by increasing the number of mental health professionals, providing skilled school psychologists, preparing servant leaders for upper administration roles in K-12 and higher education, or by exploring the very nature of how people learn.
Led by acting Department Chair Dr. Jon McNaughtan, EPLC is committed to continual and sustainable innovative instructional practices and engaging in mutually beneficial scholarship that is informed by and supports culturally diverse communities of learners, teachers, leaders, and education partners.
Dr. Jon McNaughtan serves as the Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling.
- M.Ed. in Counselor Education
- M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health
- M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a Concentration in School Counseling
- M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
- M.Ed. in Educational Psychology
- M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology
- M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration (on-campus)
- M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration (online)
- M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Policy
Certificates & Certifications
The College of Education offers two types of non-degree programs: professional certification, necessary to be licensed and/or practice at an advanced level in your chosen career and Graduate Certificates, which provide an additional credential in your field of study but do not necessarily lead to licensure. Graduate Certificates can also be used as an introduction into your chosen master's degree program.
Certification options in the Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Counseling include:
- Mental Health Counseling
- Higher Education Administration
- School Psychology
- Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning
- Foundations of Mixed Methods Research
- Program Evaluation and Assessment
Dr. aretha marbley, Professor of Counselor Education, is conducting several research studies that examine the perceptions of international and female students during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also co-editing a special edition for an international publication titled “Women Leaders in the Academy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Vision for Future Generations of Women.”
Drs. Almager, deLeon, Palmer, Cumby, and Valle, Educational Leadership faculty members, are bringing $1.4 million in TEA Cycle 4 Principal Residency Grant dollars to the College of Education again this year.
Dr. Alex Wiseman, Professor of Educational Leadership, is conducting research that explores teacher perspectives on refugee and immigrant education and the diminished ability to teach and learn among this specific population.
Drs. McNaughtan and Garcia, faculty members in the Higher Education program, along with a group of their students, are interviewing university presidents around the world to better understand leading during a crisis. Initial findings were published in Times Higher Education.
February 09, 2024
Jesse Bulluck was nominated for the 2023-2025 UCEA Jackson Scholars by and selected by the University Council for Educational Administration as a Jackson Scholar recipient
February 09, 2024
Bethany LePla has been selected as a Clark Scholar and invited to attend the 2024 David L. Clark Graduate Seminar in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
January 23, 2023
The national accreditation provides new research and professional development opportunities.
September 07, 2021
The 23-member group includes emerging education leaders from across the state.