About

Our department offers three distinct program areas: educational, school, and counseling psychology. The programs in educational psychology provide a background in the applications of psychology to education that lead to positions in academia and research. The specialist and doctoral programs in counseling and school psychology lead to certification and/or licensure. The PhD program in Counseling Psychology and the PhD program in School Psychology are both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

We have a strong, nationally recognized faculty who are committed to providing you a rewarding educational experience that will promote your professional development in a challenging but supportive and collaborative environment. As you view our three program areas, you will notice our emphasis on social justice – both faculty and students in our department are passionate about this commitment and is reflected in both our scholarly and clinical work. We invite you to learn more about our programs by selecting one of the links on the left.

Our Mission

The central mission of the department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology is to prepare outstanding psychological professionals and researchers whose work is to improve the lives of individuals in educational and clinical settings in Kentucky, the U.S., and across the globe. Our department also aims to deliver high-quality undergraduate and graduate courses to support teacher education programs in the College of Education and to provide educational and psychological services to the University and the broader community through experiential learning completed in field, practice, laboratory, and clinical settings.

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Our department offers three program areas: Educational Psychology, School Psychology, and Counseling Psychology. Though our three areas are distinct, topics of study within each area often overlap with those in other areas.

All degree programs in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology lead to certification and/or licensure. The doctoral programs in both programs are accredited by APA. The degree programs in Educational Psychology provide a background in the applications of psychology to education that aim to prepare our graduate students for faculty and research positions in higher education or other professional settings. In 2007, our Educational Psychology and Counseling Psychology programs were ranked 9th and 10th in the nation, respectively, for faculty productivity.

EDP and Social Justice

The EDP department has established a policy on social justice in course coverage and content. The policy affirms our commitment to integrating aspects of diverse scholarship and experience into the body of knowledge covered by each course. We define diversity very broadly to include issues related to age, sex, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender identity and presentation, socioeconomic status, and disability or ableness. This commitment is reflected in our course content, scholarly pursuits, and research. The EDP faculty make every effort to consider this commitment and seek ways to integrate some aspects of social justice into each course. Faculty may use various methods to achieve this aim in their courses.