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Lynch School of Education

Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology

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Department Mission:

We create and promote deep knowledge of human development, learning, and psychological well-being.  The knowledge advances science and supports social change for individuals, families, communities, and organizations.  Our teaching, research and professional training are informed by perspectives that consider socio-ecological contexts of human development and are guided by an ethos of social justice.  We prepare students to work in a variety of human service, counseling, educational, research, advocacy, and policy settings.


Department Spotlight:

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A passion for empowering her graduate students to effect change earned Prof. Lisa Goodman a 2014 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, presented annually to faculty who have inspired students to work to benefit society. Read more in the Boston College Chronicle.

Academic Programs:

The department offers an undergraduate program in Applied Psychology and Human Development, a master’s and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, and graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, including an APA-approved doctoral program, a master’s in mental health counseling, and a master’s program in school counseling that meets the current requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Education for initial licensure as an elementary or secondary school counselor.