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, Minors, and Certificates

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.

Degree Options Minors Certificates

BS Communication Sciences and Disorders

BS Deaf and Hard of Hearing

BS Human Services

BS Interdisciplinary Studies, Special Education

BS Pre-Audiology

BS Rehabilitation Services

Addiction Studies

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Early Intervention

Educational Interpreting

Rehabilitation Services

Special Education, non-teaching

Special Education, teacher certificate

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Grades EC-12) all-level certification

Orientation & Mobility Specialist Certificate

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Certificate

Early Childhood-Grade 6 Generalist Certification with all-level Special Education

Special Education Distance Education Degree Completion Program Certificate

Special Education, Initial Teacher Certification

Special Education, Educational Diagnostician Certification

MA Professional Counseling

MA School Psychology

MA Student Affairs & Higher Education

MEd Special Education

MS Speech-Language Pathology

PhD School Psychology

Important Information Regarding Licensure

If you are applying for admission to or currently enrolled in an educational program that may prepare an individual for an initial occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001 and/or if you later decide to change to an educational program that prepares you for an initial occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001, in accordance with state law, please be advised of the following:

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program.
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines that state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code Section 53.102.

A selection of our educational programs prepare individuals for issuance of an initial occupational licenses (see list below). An "occupational license" is a license, certificate, registration, permit, or other form of authorization required by law or rule that must be obtained by an individual to engage in a particular business or occupation. The following programs and organizations require an occupational license. Click here to read more about the Occupational License HB 1508.

B.S.R.S. Rehabilitation Services
Orientation and Mobility Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) Certification
M.A. Professional Counselor Licensed Professional Counselor
Clinical Mental Health
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
School Counseling
M.A. School Psychology Licensed Specialist School Psychology
Ph.D. School Psychology

Licensed Specialist School Psychology
Licensed Psychologist

B.S. Communication Sciences &
Speech-Language-Pathologist Assistant
M.S. Speech & Language Pathology

Speech-Language-Pathologist License

Certification of Clinic Competency (American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association)

B.S.I.S. Special Education Teacher Certification
M.Ed. Special Education (dependent on concentration/degree track)
Non-teacher Certification
Initial Teacher Certification
Educational diagnostician Certification
Visual Impairment Certification
Orientation and Mobility Certification

Programs, Clinics, and Labs

Academic Programs

Clinics and Labs

Communication Sciences and Disorders

American Sign Language Media
Development Laboratory

Counselor Education

Cole Audiology Lab

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Counseling Clinic

Human Services

George Independent Living Skills
Model Apartment

Orientation and Mobility

Human Neuroscience


School Psychology Assessment

Rehabilitation Services

The Stanley Center for Speech
and Language Disorders

School Psychology

SFA Rehabilitation Services
Career Planning Laboratory

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology

Student Affairs and Higher Education

Visual Impairment

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