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M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling

The Human Development Counseling (HDC) program recognizes the dynamic relationship between individuals, environments, and human systems. Directing theory and research toward the intersection of people and environments, the HDC program trains counselors and prevention specialists sensitive to the complexities of human development who can translate sound theoretical knowledge into effective counseling programs. The close working relationship between faculty and students makes classroom time more productive and the internship experience more valuable. The program maintains a low student-faculty ratio, allowing classes to be small in size and informal in atmosphere. In addition to an on-campus HDC program, Peabody College also offers an online HDC program. For information about our online program, please visit our online M.Ed. in human development counseling with specialization in school counseling page. 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

HDC students learn that counseling and consulting begins and ends with the needs of human beings. Meeting those needs with the methods informed by the findings of current research and by the unique nature of each person makes graduates of the HDC program uniquely qualified to work with diverse populations in diverse human settings.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

The Human Development Counseling Program (HDC) in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling prepares students at the master's degree level to meet the many human needs of the normally developing population, who sometimes become blocked developmentally and require professional help. Through a rigorous and humanistic training model, students develop a strong theoretical grounding in human development and counseling. This theoretical base is then shaped and honed through a one-year internship experience that provides opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills primarily in the areas of:

  • Social Service Agencies
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Schools (K-12)
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Other Human Services Delivery Programs

Information sheet on Human Development Counseling (M.Ed.)