Graduate School of Education and Human Development





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Counseling and Human Development

Prepares students to become skilled professional practitioners in an expansive range of counseling specialties, including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and career and workforce development.


Curriculum and Pedagogy

Interdisciplinary and research-based programs prepare educators, specialists, and researchers to teach in elementary or secondary schools, develop expertise in STEM, reading and literacy education, and evaluate curriculum and instruction.


Educational Leadership

Offering programs focused on education in schools, museums, higher education, government, and policy think tanks which integrate theory seamlessly with practice, developing students into leaders across the country and around the world.



Human and Organizational Learning

Programs focus on the interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning, while utilizing systematic change processes, challenging assumptions through critical reflection, and fostering group and self-directed learning from a global perspective.


Special Education and Disability Studies

Specialized programs equip students with the knowledge and expertise to meet a growing need for special education across the developmental spectrum, including early intervention for children with academic and social difficulties or emotional and behavioral disabilities, and the transition needs of adolescents and adults.


Cross-Disciplinary Ph.D. in Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of education degree program is designed to create opportunities for cross-disciplinary research by concentrating on critical national and global problems in which education and human development play a significant role.



Research Complex Issues



Improving Struggling Schools

GSEHD researchers are helping Tennessee policymakers and educators design evidence-informed collaborations among the charter sector, local institutions, and stakeholders. This research is led by Dr. Joshua Glazer.

Dr. Khilji with students

Developing More Inclusive Organizations

The Humanistic Initiative fosters respect, dignity, compassion, and sustainability as the basis of leadership and organizations. This work is led by Dr. Shaista Khilji.






Alumni Making A Difference







GSEHD allowed me to intern in diverse school settings and developed in me a passion to support schools and children with the greatest needs.


Vanessa Drumm-Canepa
Principal | Langely Elementary School
Masters and Post Masters Certificate | Elementary Education and Educational Leadership and Administration





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