Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Services and Educational Leadership

The Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership

Welcome from the Interim Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership in SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education! 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 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 clinics and 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 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!


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

Objectives of the department include 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.

Degrees, Concentrations, Minors and Certification Preparation

Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are available.

Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders
Minor: Communication sciences and disorders

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Pre-audiology

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services
Concentrations: deaf services, orientation and mobility services, rehabilitation services
Minors: addiction studies, rehabilitation services

Master's Degrees

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Concentrations: clinical mental health, clinical rehabilitation counseling, school counseling

Master of Arts in School Psychology

Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Higher Education

Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Concentrations: athletic director, without principal preparation

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology

Certification Preparation

Applied behavior analysis (graduate level; available fall 2021)
Principal (certification only for those already holding a master's degree)
Superintendent (certification only for those already holding a master's degree)