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Departments & Units Descriptions

Departments

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

The USU programs in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Deaf Education are nationally recognized for their exceptional quality. The undergraduate programs provide extensive preparatory work for graduate study in Clinical and Educational Audiology or in Speech-Language Pathology. A master's degree is required for state licensure, state and national certification employment, and for membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The department offers the Master of Education (MEd), Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Optional specializations are available in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MEd only) and Speech-Language Pathology. The department offers a Doctor of Audiology degree (AUD) as well.

In addition the department supports the SKI-HI Institute, a research unit that serves children with all types of sensory impairments aged birth through five, and their families. The Institute has been identified by the U.S. Office of Education as an "educational program that works."

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Students in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development have the opportunity to gain an understanding of individual development and family relationships across the life span, and the interplay of these processes with economic and consumer forces, societal norms, and public policies. Students prepare to apply this knowledge in educational, organizational, and outreach programs.

At the bachelor’s level, emphases in the FCHD major include Family and Community, Child Development, Human Development Lifespan, Family Finance, and Deaf Education. Majors are also offered in Early Childhood Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Family Life Studies. The Master of Science (MS) in Family, Consumer, and Human Development (with optional specializations in Adolescence and Youth, Adult Development and Aging, Consumer Sciences, Infancy and Childhood, Marriage and Family Relationships, and Marriage and Family Therapy), Master of Family and Human Development (MFHD), Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT), and PhD in Family and Human Development are offered at the graduate level.

Graduate and undergraduate students participate with faculty in research and outreach through the Dale and Adele Young Child Development Laboratory, Family Life Center, Northern Utah Child Care Resource and Referral, Delores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care and Education, and many ongoing research and Extension projects conducted by our faculty.

Kinesiology & Health Science

The Department of Kinesiology & Health Science serves USU students in many ways. It offers an extensive elective activity course program, encouraging students to increase their lifetime participation skills, achieve and maintain personal fitness, enjoy opportunities for creative expression, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in three majors: Health Education, Physical Education, and Parks And Recreation. Each major, except the recreation major, includes teaching certification requirements. In addition, the Department offers four master’s degrees:   Master of Science (MS) in Health and Human Movement, with optional specializations in Exercise Science, Health Education, or Sports Medicine; MEd (MEd) in Physical and Sports Education, with optional specializations in Administration of Physical Education or Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Education and Sport; Master of Fitness Promotion (MFP) and Master of Health Promotion (MHP). 

Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Instructional technology is a systematic way of designing, implementing, and evaluating the processes of learning and teaching based on research in human learning and communication. The Department of Instructional Technology at USU is recognized by many practicing professionals as one of the outstanding graduate programs in the United States in this area.

At the graduate level the department offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology, with optional specializations in Educational Technology, or Information Technology and School Library Media Administration; Educational Specialist (EDS) in Instructional Technology, with an optional specialization in Instructional Development for Training and Education; a Master of Learning Technologies and Instructional Design (MLTID); and a PhD in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences.

Although the department does not have an undergraduate Bachelor of Science program, it contributes to undergraduate education by providing several undergraduate courses that support teacher education. The department offers two undergraduate minors: one in Multimedia Design and Development, and the other in School Library Media Center Administration.

 
Nursing and Health Professions

The USU Nursing Program prepares students to apply the concepts of nursing to provide and improve healthcare in a challenging and diverse practice environment. Science courses such as anatomy and physiology provide a foundation on which nurse educators guide student learning to acquire the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of modern nurses. 

The program embraces nursing as a practice profession that requires considerable psychomotor skill and cognitive ability to provide safe and effective care. USU offers state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, experienced nurse educators, and a wide variety of clinical experiences.

Psychology

The Department of Psychology prepares students at the undergraduate level for acceptance into graduate programs or for post-bachelor employment opportunities. Undergraduate students may elect to pursue coursework in one of the department’s three skills tracks:  Behavior Analysis, Interpersonal Relations, and Human Service Case Worker.  In addition to the undergraduate degree in Psychology, the department offers a minor in Psychology as well as a Teaching major and minor in Psychology for those wishing to teach in secondary schools.

The Department of Psychology offers a PhD in Psychology with the option of specializing in one of two doctoral training programs: the Combined (Professional-Scientific) Psychology Program, and the Experimental and Applied Psychological Sciences Program. The Department also has an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology, and a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Psychology with a specialization in School Counseling.  

In addition to its academic programs, the Department houses the American Indian Support Project, a national program for recruiting and training Native American Psychologists; and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, a multidisciplinary center focused on early detection and intervention for hearing loss in young children.

School of Teacher Education and Leadership 

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership houses undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. Its faculty and staff are committed to providing exemplary programs for teachers, supervisors, curriculum specialists, and other professionals pursuing careers in education. The department offers programs for early childhood education, elementary education, the social studies composite secondary teaching major, and the professional education framework leading to secondary education licensure in other teaching majors. The department also offers endorsement programs in early childhood education, reading education, gifted and talented education, and ESL education, and administration/supervision certification.

Graduate degree offerings include a PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.  At the master’s level, a Master of Education (MEd) is offered in Elementary Education (optional specializations include Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented Education, Mathematics Education, or Reading, Writing, and Language Arts); Secondary Education (optional specializations include English as a Second Language, English Education, or Mathematics Education); and Instructional Leadership.

As part of a land grant institution, the department delivers programs to students on campuses across the state of Utah. We value our partnerships with local, state, national, and international leaders and welcome the many ongoing opportunities we have to collaborate toward common goals. Drawing on the extensive knowledge base in both theoretical and practice-oriented research, we nurture a vision of effective, equitable educational experiences for all of our students and work with determination toward that goal.

 

Special Education and Rehabilitation

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation offers educational training opportunities for teachers, supervisors, support personnel, rehabilitation counselors, and others working with exceptional children or adults with disabilities. It is recognized as one of the nation’s most productive research, development, and innovative training departments. It is the leading department in the nation in distance education for rehabilitation counseling.

The undergraduate teacher preparation program provides students with didactic courses in special education and semester-long experiences teaching pupils with disabilities. The master’s degree programs in Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling provide an advanced level of preparation for professionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities. (Behavioral Disorders, Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Severe Disabilities).

Degrees offered in Special Education (with optional specializations in Early Childhood Special Education, or Transitional/Special Education) include: a Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), and an Educational Specialist (EdS).  The department also offers a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC). 

The PhD in Disability Disciplines prepares professionals for positions in research, behavior analysis with individuals with disabilities, teacher and rehabilitation counselor preparation, program development, policymaking, and administration. Optional specializations for the PhD include Applied Behavior Analysis with Individuals with Disabilities, Audiology, Disabilities Studies, Pathokinesiology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. 

Units

Center for Persons with Disabilities

Established over 30 years ago, the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) is one of 61 University Centers for Excellence in Disabilities Research, Education and Training located at major universities throughout the United States, its trusts and territories. The CPD currently operates over 65 high-quality programs throughout Utah and the nation, with particular focus on rural, remote, and underserved areas. Diverse projects conduct basic and applied research, provide consumer supports and services, train students, paraprofessionals and professionals, and disseminate information in multiple formats, including web-based information, DVDs, and distance education. By combining a variety of disciplines, cutting-edge technology, and research in numerous areas, the CPD provides unique opportunities for consumers and trainees. Projects cover a wide array of topics, all with the common goal of improving the quality of lives for persons with disabilities and their families.

Funded primarily through external grants, contracts and cooperative agreements with federal, state and local government agencies, the CPD is the second largest research center on the USU campus. For every university dollar received in fiscal year 2004, the CPD generated more than five additional dollars from external sources, culminating in a total budget of over $15 million. 

  

Edith Bowen Laboratory School

The Edith Bowen Lab School, designated as a Centennial School, was established in 1957. The school believes that it must provide the leadership necessary to keep its programs and methods in the forefront of educational practice. It's unique role enables it to serve a necessary and needed bridge between theory and practice. The school is committed to the search for strategies and methods to help students find links and connections between their lives and the world around them, and enables them to become effective, caring, contributing, and enlightened individuals in our society.

 

Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education

The Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education exists to disseminate educational innovation, research, and evidence-based instructional practices throughout the state, the region, and the nation. The major role of the Center is to provide educational experiences and resources for teachers and parents that reflect the most current understanding of the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social needs of children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and the primary grades. The Center is also committed to serve as a clearinghouse of validated procedures and processes for the improvement of education in kindergarten and the primary grades.