School of Lifespan Development & Educational Sciences

The School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES) supports the University and College mission statement. The School sees its strengths in its quality teaching, engagement with the education and human service community, and scholarly activity leading to knowledge and skills for the attainment of a professional career in the fields of counseling and counselor education, educational and school psychology, instructional technology, human development and family studies, gerontology, rehabilitative counseling, and special education.

LDES Programs

ASEI students at COSI

American Sign Language/English Interpreting

The ASL/English Interpreting Program prepares students to work with children and adults who are Deaf or have a hearing loss.  The interpreting courses and instructors prepare students to interpret in educational, PreK-12 settings.

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NCACES award recipients!

Counselor Education and Supervision

The Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) Program at Kent State University is located in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS). CES is a part of the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES).

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Students are exposed to the latest research findings regarding how people learn most effectively and efficiently.

Educational Psychology

Two types of Master’s degrees are offered. The Master of Education (M.Ed) is the general degree program, appropriate for teachers or trainers. The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a more research-oriented degree for those who intend to write a thesis paper. The Ph.D. program provides extensive expertise in the field of Educational Psychology.

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Human Development & Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is the study of how people develop physically, emotionally and socially within the context of the family and society.  HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. 

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Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology (ITEC) program offers a variety of graduate programs that can advance your career. In this technological era, the possibilities are endless when combining your passion and potential into a life-long career.

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Rehabilitation focuses on assisting persons with both physical and mental disabilities and covers areas of vocational, psychological, social, and medical.

Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling focuses on assisting persons with both physical and mental disabilities across their lifespan from birth to geriatrics in a holistic manner addressing vocational, psychological, social, and medical aspects of individual functioning. 

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School psychologists use foundations of psychology and education to understand school systems, effective teaching, and successful learning.

School Psychology

The graduate program in School Psychology prepares professional school psychologists to work as leaders in applied practice in education and mental health settings.

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Special Education Students

Special Education

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Special Education at Kent State University

  1. Kent State Graduates are highly sought after and find jobs
  2. Many career options from which to choose.
  3. Employment prospects in special education are excellent
  4. Extensive opportunities to practice skills in schools and other real world settings.
  5. Expect, caring faculty who are committed to student success
  6. Programs of study that are organized, efficient, and highly structured
  7. Accessibility! SPED coursework is available in all semesters, including summer, and in varied formats (online, face-to-face, hybrid)
  8. Convenience and cost
  9. Beautiful campus right next to Kent City's growing downtown area
  10. Large, active student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) provides friendship, fun, professional development, and enriching, invigorating community service opportunities

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