The Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences encompasses many academic programs for the pursuit of both undergraduate and graduate study. To learn more about each program's requirements, experiential interactions and more, visit their respective Web sites:
Human Development and Family Studies : The Human Development and Family Studies program examines the ways people grow and develop, form relationships and families, and learn to cope with the common and uncommon events of life. Students learn basic and applied concepts of human development and acquire skills in working with individuals and families of different ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings. Field experience is required of all students.
Counseling: The Counseling Program provides professional preparation for individuals who wish to work as counselors in schools, colleges, community mental health, social service agencies or private practice. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It meets the requirements set by the State of Vermont Department of Education for preparing school counselors (K-12) for licensure in Vermont, and the academic requirements set by the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners for preparing clinical mental health counselors for licensure in Vermont.
Educational Leadership, M.Ed.: The Master's Degree in Educational Leadership is a nationally
recognized program by the National Council for Accreditation for
Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is designed to cultivate
leaders who can apply knowledge toward leading and building learning
communities designed to make a positive difference in the lives of
children, youth, families, adults, and communities. The program
prepares public and private school leaders, curriculum leaders, teacher
leaders, leaders of educational and social service agencies, and
leaders for other educational organizations. The program is
designed to prepare leaders to think and act creatively, responsibly,
and effectively in leadership roles.
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Ed.D.: A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree is offered in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. This is an applied research based program for professionals serving in educational management positions in schools and school-related organizations; e.g. state departments of education, professional associations, higher education, and human service agencies. This link will take you to a different site (outside of the Department web site).
Higher Education and
Student Affairs Administration : The graduate program in Higher
Education and Student Affairs Administration educates professionals who
apply human development, organizational, and administrative principles to
their work with students in higher education. Graduates of the master's
degree program possess knowledge in administration and planning, organizational
development, higher education policy and practice, and student affairs professional
principles. Graduates further the goals of colleges and universities by
serving as policy makers, student affairs educators, student service advisors,
Interdisciplinary Studies :This degree program is for students who wish to pursue an individually designed, integrated program of study. The program draws primarily from graduate courses in Educational Leadership, Counseling, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, and Educational Studies but may include courses from other departments within the College and the University.