The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) incorporates three outstanding former departments, all with programs having top rankings in U.S. News and World Report, 2015:  Counseling and Personnel Services (ranked #1 for 19 years in a row), Higher Education (ranked #10), and Special Education (ranked #11). Our mission is to prepare scholars and practitioners to become leaders in administration, counseling, policy, psychological services, and special education. We promote excellence in education and human services across the spectrum of abilities and individuals differences, from birth to adulthood, in a wide range of settings.

Our dynamic and diverse group of faculty representing seven specialty areas provides innovative and exemplary education in our graduate and undergraduate programs that are at the forefront of their disciplines and emphasize excellence in scholarship and professional practice. Our department offers the following: Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Higher Education, Student Affairs, International Education Policy, and Special Education prepare scholars and researchers committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in a variety of educational settings and contexts; an Ed.D. that prepares educational leaders for 21st Century schools; and a wide variety of Master’s degrees to prepare practitioners to work in the field of Student Affairs, Higher Education and International Education Policy as well as to become certified as School Counselors or Special Education teachers.  

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Maryland is a joint program between the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services and the Department of Psychology. Our Counseling Psychology program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1953. In ratings evaluating Counseling Psychology over the past three decades, the University of Maryland is always among the very top ranked programs in the United States. Our faculty represent a broad range of research interests, including psychotherapy process and outcome research, multicultural...

The School Counseling Program at the University of Maryland resides in the number one ranked counseling department (U.S. News and World Report). Graduates of our School Counseling Program are eligible for certification as school counselors in Maryland and other states. The School Counseling Program prepares professional school counselors who will be leaders, advocates, and systemic change agents in K-12 urban educational settings.

The School Psychology Program is an APA-accredited, research-intensive Ph.D. program in professional psychology that embodies the scientist-practitioner model. Program graduates pursue academic/research- and practice-oriented careers. Graduates of the Program are eligible for licensure as professional psychologists in Maryland and other states, and are also eligible for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential awarded by NASP. Graduates are automatically eligible for Maryland State Dept. of Education certification as a School Psychologist.


The Special Education Program is designed to prepare highly qualified teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to prepare researchers, teacher educators, and leaders at the doctoral level in the field of special education. The EDSP program is ranked #11 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey (2015).

There are two full time undergraduate Special Education...


The Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program at the University of Maryland, College Park is committed to advancing the positive role education can have in society. Our faculty and students study core facets of the education system, including the functioning and impact of colleges and universities; the enactment and implementation of K-18 and nonformal...

Higher Education is an area of advanced study within the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. This nationally recognized graduate program in Higher Education (ranked #10, U.S. News and World Report 2015) prepares students for leadership positions in higher education administration, policy analysis, and scholarship.

The International Education Policy (IEP) program offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of today's educational policy and practice. The focus is on the relation of education to economic, political, and social development in both developing and developed countries at local, national, regional, and global levels. The IEP program gives comprehensive attention to education, considering both formal schooling, from pre-school to higher education, as well as non-formal, adult, and community-based education.


The Student Affairs program is committed to the professional preparation of administrators and student development educators in higher education environments. The program is modeled and directed by the core values of Student Development, Multiculturalism, Leadership, Scholarship and Research, and Ethical Practices.