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Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies

Message from the Chair

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On behalf of the faculty, staff and current undergraduate and graduate students, welcome to the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies. As an integral part of the Richard W. Riley College of Education, the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies has a history of preparing students to meet the needs of our 21st Century learners, families, and clients. The Department, with over 350 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs, offers the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Science

Human Development and Family Studies
Middle Level Education
Special Education - Multi-Categorical w/Severe and Elem. Add-on

Master of Education

Counseling and Development
Educational Leadership
Learning Design and Technologies
Special Education Intervention (Online Program)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

EdS in Educational Leadership

Graduate Professional Certificate

Middle Level 

Project-Based Learning Endorsement

Project-Based Learning - 3 courses required for SCDoE licensure endorsement

The Department consists of 15 full-time faculty, several part-time faculty, and key staff members who are student-centered and dedicated to our mission. College of Education learning spaces feature the latest instructional technology embedded in a collaborative learning environment allowing our students to be prepared for the transition to their chosen profession. Each program in the Department strategically engages and immerses its candidates in 300 or more hours of field-based experience providing candidates professional opportunities to develop confidence and expertise in their field of study.

Welcome to the R.W. Riley College of Education Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies!

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D. 


Chair of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies

204 Withers

Last Updated: 9/8/20