Texas Tech University

Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

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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 interim 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

Dr. Jon McNaughtan serves as the Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling.

Contact Us

Chance WebbAcademic Advisor/AdmissionsOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentgradadmissions.educ@ttu.edu806-834-6768

Jon McNaughtan

McNaughtan, Jon, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counselingjon.mcnaughtan@ttu.edu 806-834-7322

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:

Learn more and view the complete list of Graduate Certificates available through the College of Education.


Departmental Highlights


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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 01, 2024

Doctoral student Nick Varney has been selected to participate in the Education Policy Academy

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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

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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

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January 23, 2023

The national accreditation provides new research and professional development opportunities.

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