marywood campusThe College of Education and Human Development is centered in the helping professions. We explore the workings of the human mind and prepare students to meet the cognitive, emotional and interpersonal needs of others across the lifespan. We educate students to evaluate, apply and produce research which is the basis of best practice in professions and organizations. We challenge our faculty and students to be leaders who are:

  • Ethical, just and moral persons
  • Creative and critical thinkers
  • Understanding of and responsive to human and cultural diversity
  • Technologically competent

Communication Sciences & Disorders

At the bachelors and masters levels, we educate students to understand the importance of communication as the basis for all human relationships and prepare them to be professionals who work with individuals with communication delays, differences, and disorders across the life span.


At the masters level, we train ethical and caring decision- makers who attend to the varied developmental needs of individuals in K-12 and agency settings.


At the bachelors level, we prepare teachers to make a significant, positive, and educational impact on the lives of N-12 learners. At the masters level, we prepare educational leaders to become scholarly practitioners and to be proactive leaders of change with local and school communities.

Special Education

At the bachelors and masters levels, we train professionals to educate and advocate for individuals in PK-8 settings who demonstrate a continuum of special learning needs.


At the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels, we train students to become scientists who utilize empirical thinking to understand and heal people at every stage of their development.

Human Development

At the doctoral level, we train leaders and researchers to approach problems in human development from an interdisciplinary perspective.