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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Kui Xie, a noted educational psychology and educational technology scholar, is chair of the CEPSE department.
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Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE) at Michigan State University is committed to the study of human learning and development across the life span. CEPSE faculty and students bring an important array of conceptual, technical and therapeutic perspectives to the study of learning in a wide variety of contexts.


The five program areas in CEPSE each offer different levels and modes of study within the field, including graduate certificates, hybrid and online only programs, but there are many opportunities to learn and collaborate across disciplines.


MSU prepares educators to transform teaching and learning with technology through the innovative Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program, with courses online, in-person and overseas. The Master of Arts in Learning Experience Design program provides a critical lens of equity, accessibility, and social justice in human-centered learning and design.

At the Ph.D. level, the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) program, also available as a hybrid program, produces scholars and leaders in two interrelated study areas: human learning and development, and diverse technologies supporting education.


The Measurement and Quantitative Methods (MQM) doctoral program prepares scholars to specialize in educational research methodology, the development of educational and psychological tests, and the methodology of statistics as applied to educational research.


The Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies programs at MSU include the nation’s top-ranked graduate programs and faculty members conducting research to improve lives for people with disabilities from the local to the international level.

The master’s program prepares counselors to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities. The nationally accredited doctoral program prepares graduates to work as rehabilitation counselor educators, supervisors and researchers who will advance the field.


The School Psychology Program at Michigan State University can lead to an Ed.S. or a Ph.D. through small cohorts, renowned faculty and field experiences. School psychologists are prepared to work with educators, children, youth, and families to promote learning and development particularly in relation to schooling.

Graduates of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program are eligible for Michigan certification and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. Graduates of the nationally accredited doctoral program are eligible to become licensed psychologists and state/national-certified school psychologists.


Michigan State University prepares special education teachers, leaders and researchers to make a difference for students with various disabilities through the undergraduate teacher education program, multiple fully online master’s programs and a doctoral program.

Master’s level study includes Special Education, which can lead to teaching endorsements in learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, which prepares behavior analysts for educational settings, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, which prepares leaders to enact educational and behavioral systems that support all students, and Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders which helps students develop the skillset and knowledge to improve the lives of those with autism.


Our Ph.D. programs offer extensive financial support for students, with guaranteed funding for up to five years. Each program area has more specific information on their websites. See more.

Students can also explore MSU-offered assistantships and fellowships.


Faculty members in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education are leading scholars in each of their diverse fields. They also work collaboratively across disciplines and are committed to excellent teaching.

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Department Of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education
620 Farm Lane, Room 447 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 432-4647