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Rehabilitation and Human Services

The RHS major prepares students to work in diverse human service settings that serve people with disabilities. Students in this major work with a variety of clients (children, adolescents, adults, older adults) who often experience problems in physical, personal, social, educational, and vocational aspects of their lives. RHS professionals assist these individuals to improve each person's quality of life. 

Professional skills that RHS students acquire include how to: identify and support client goals, advocate for others, assess client needs, conduct educational and related support groups, consult with other professionals from other agencies and settings, develop client and family treatment plans, identify and use appropriate community resources to address client problems, interview clients, family members, and other support personnel, manage client caseloads, and resolve conflicts.

Program

Rehabilitation and Human Services

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Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Instruction Method

On-Campus

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Educational Psychology

The goal of the Educational Psychology (EDPSY) program is to engage in research, scholarship, and teaching related to the application of psychology to learning, instruction, and measurement across the life span. As educational psychologists, the faculty engage in scholarly activities such as attending/presenting at conferences and publishing their work in scholarly journals/books. The faculty offer introductory and advanced courses in thematic areas of educational psychology both for those training to become educational psychologists and those in the teacher preparation programs of the College of Education and the University.

Program

Educational Psychology

Endorsement Eligibility

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Instruction Method

On-Campus

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Special Education

The Special Education program is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at Penn State. Our goal, shared with our colleagues in the Department, is an educational system in which families, communities, and educators share responsibility and commitment for preparing future citizens to live independent, responsible, productive, and personally satisfying lives to the fullest extent of their capabilities in our evolving society.

Program

Special Education

Endorsement Eligibility

PA Certification 
(Instructional and Supervisory)

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Instruction Method

Online or On-Campus

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Counselor Education

The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to provide counselors-in-training and counselor educators with the skills necessary for providing ethical and culturally competent services to nurture personal development, psychological maturity, and positive social enhancement. The program also places strong emphasis on developing students into social advocates through exposure to diverse learning and outreach opportunities. 

Program

Counselor Education

Endorsement Eligibility

PA Certification

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Instruction Method

On-Campus

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School Psychology

The School Psychology doctoral program is a scientist-practitioner program firmly grounded in both psychology and education. Students receive training in conducting research that is relevant to schools and education, interpreting the extant research literature, incorporating empirical findings into practice, adopting a scientific problem-solving approach to school-based problems, and using objective and scientifically grounded principles in assessing their own practice. Students' training in the major areas of school-based practice (assessment and diagnosis, intervention, consultation, program evaluation, and supervision) is accomplished through coursework and practica.

Students' training in the core areas of school psychological practice ensures that they are knowledgeable about best professional practices, research, and professional standards. Students may also elect to identify and pursue a special proficiency that further defines their professional area of expertise.

Program

School Psychology

Degree(s)

Endorsement Eligibility

PA Certification

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Instruction Method

On-Campus

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