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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks





Degree Programs

The Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development includes six distinct program areas including:

Child and Family Development (CFD)
The mission of Central's Child and Family Development program is to prepare highly qualified graduates to work effectively with individuals and families in our diverse and multi-faceted society, which in turn, improves the quality of life for individuals and families.

College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA)
The mission of the Master of Science degree program in College Student Personnel Administration is to prepare outstanding generalists for a broad range of entry-level and mid-level positions in student life, student development, student services, and other professional staff areas in institutions of higher education.  The curriculum emphasizes the integration of theory and practice in both classroom and field-based settings in order to graduate professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, commitment to ethics, respect for diversity, and caring to enrich the lives of students with whom they work. The curriculum meets the standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for Student Affairs graduate preparation programs.

Counselor Education (COUN)
The term "professional counselor" is used to refer to individuals who have earned at least a master's degree in counseling and possess specific skills, knowledge and a professional orientation.  Professional Counselors are unique among mental health professionals in two main areas:  1) Professional counselors have a strong "wellness" orientation.  2) Professional counselors are trained in career planning and development.  Professional counselors are uniquely prepared to help people with personal, social, educational and career problems.

Library Science & Information Services (LIS)
The emphasis of the Library Science and Information Services program is the education of school library media specialists. The program is organized around the philosophy that the role of the school library media specialist is that of a teacher and a generalist with specialization in information services for school-age audiences. The MS in Library Science satisfies the requirements Missouri school library media certification. The curriculum for this degree has been approved by the American Association of School Librarians (a division of the American Library Association) through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The curriculum is designed with the basic assumption that active learning is more effective than passive learning and that hands-on and inquiry methodologies are pedagogically sound. Students seek information; analyze, compare, and evaluate research findings; critique the literature; and apply their skills and competencies. Communication skills (oral, nonverbal, written, and graphic) are competencies each student must develop to function effectively as a school library media specialist. Integration of current technologies into course work is modeled in the instructional environment and practiced by students.

School Administration (EDAD)
This program is designed for teachers and administrators who aspire to school leadership roles including that of superintendent and principal and includes a minimum of 30 credit hours that culminates with two semesters of internship activities. The curriculum has been developed around the professional standards (Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium) for school leader preparation programs and includes experiences related to theory and practical application, along with numerous field-based experiences. Typically, students can complete 6-9 hours of study each summer, 3-6 hours of study each fall and spring and complete the program in 2 years. Courses are offered on campus and at UCM's Central Summit Center. Courses are offered in the evening during the school year and on a four-day per week basis during summers. Some courses are offered on a weekend basis.

Special Education (EDSP)
This program is for those interested in pursuing advanced studies in the areas of Cross-Categorical Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Severe Developmental Disabilities as well as Special Education Administration. These courses of study provide the graduate student with an enhanced understanding of persons with exceptional needs in schools and in larger society.

  • Degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science  in College Student Personnel Administration
  • Master of Science  in Counselor Education  
  • Master of Science  in Library Science and Information Services
  • Master of Science  in Education  in School Administration
  • Master of Science  in Education  in Special Education
  • Education Specialist  in Counselor Education
  • Education Specialist  in Human Services (Learning Resources) 
  • Education Specialist in School Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership *

* Cooperative State-wide Doctoral Program – degree conferred by the University of Missouri – Columbia. Contact Dr. Sandy Hutchinson at hutchinson@ucmo.edu for more information.

Coursework related to teacher and principal certification is also available in the Special Education and School Administration program areas respectively.