Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Services

The Department of Human Services

Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the SFASU Perkins College of Education's Department of Human Services! If interested in the pursuit of a career that will enhance a specific client population's ability to experience life more completely and successfully, then you have arrived at the right place. We are a faculty body of researcher-practitioners, who are invested in the future recipients of our students' knowledge and skills, and in the personal and professional development of our students. Respect for and appreciation of the rich diversity of our student body and their future clientele/students are valued and embedded in the curriculum, departmental policies, and practices within the training environment. We are about helping others help themselves most effectively. This department is committed to the best training practices based on national standards, and program accreditation by national professional organizations is the norm. Our nine clinics/ laboratories offer trainees opportunities to work as faculty-supervised practitioners with the assistance of cutting-edge technology. Opportunities for students' participation in research and scholarship are available and encouraged. Because graduates are knowledgeable of the literature addressing current client issues and are also competent practitioners, competitiveness in application for employment and additional graduate degrees is enhanced. If this overview increases your curiosity, we look forward to speaking with you about your interests. Read carefully the information provided and contact us today!

Dr. Robbie Steward


The Department of Human Services prepares undergraduates and graduate students for leadership and service roles in East Texas and the global community. The department is committed to incorporation of community-based, service-learning experiences within its educational programs to maximize the advancement of students personal and professional development.

Objectives of the department include (1) the preparation of special education teachers for elementary and secondary schools, (2) the preparation of persons for careers in rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, counseling and related human services, occupations serving persons with disabilities, speech language pathology and school psychology.

Majors and Minors

Undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees are available.

Students may choose a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Rehabilitation Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pre-Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology or School Psychology. Students interested in teaching in the area of Special Education or Visual Impairment should speak to a program director regarding options for a degree.

Students may minor in Rehabilitation Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Special Education, Educational Interpreting, Addiction Studies, or Early Intervention.

Academic Programs

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Counselor Education Programs

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Human Services

Orientation and Mobility


Rehabilitation Services

School Psychology

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology

Student Affairs and Higher Education

Visual Impairment

Clinics and Laboratories

American Sign Language Media Development Laboratory

Cole Audiology Lab

Counseling Clinic

George Independent Living Skills Model Apartment

Human Neuroscience Laboratory

School Psychology Assessment Clinic

The Stanley Center for Speech and Language Disorders

SFA Rehabilitation Services Career Planning Laboratory