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Department of Leadership and Professional Studies

The Department of Leadership and Professional Studies offers programs and courses for students interested in working in a wide range of organizational, urban, multicultural, and international contexts of education and training. The academic preparation focuses on a variety of areas including: educational leadership; psychological studies; policy development and analysis; adult education and human resources development; research and evaluation; counselor education; school psychology; preparation of teachers for urban settings; higher education administration, international and intercultural development; and recreation and sport management. 

Although the department is primarily directed towards granting master’s and doctoral level degrees, it also offers the core undergraduate and graduate curricula in the areas of  historical, cultural, social, philosophical, and psychological foundations of education. The faculty are recognized as national and international scholars, and consistently demonstrate outstanding teaching practices. Many exercise leadership roles in professional associations/organizations and are editors of leading journals in their fields. The department currently houses two journals in the field of Adult Education and Human Resources Development.  In addition, faculty are committed to the process of community engagement, as evidenced by their research endeavors and grant funded initiatives that focus on addressing needs and issues affecting our diverse communities.  For more information, please contact the department at (305)-348-3418.

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Nationally recognized and accredited programs:

    • The Mental and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

    • The Recreation and Sports Management program is one of only 200 in the nation accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association

    • Faculty are renowned as experts in their fields and many serve as editors of leading educational journals and have received national awards for their book publications.

Students are required to take and pass the GK, Professional Education (PEd), and appropriate Subject Area Exam (SAE) before beginning student teaching placement. Students must provide evidence of passing scores on all required exams by the end of the semester immediately preceding the internship.