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Welcome from the Dean

These are exciting times in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and we welcome you to become involved in the numerous opportunities and experiences provided by our faculty and staff. With a mission of “Empowering individuals to lead and serve our dynamic world,” we as members of the faculty and staff encourage students to become engaged in a variety of real world experiences in the classroom, in our local community, and across the globe. We live in an environment characterized by diversity. The knowledge gained and skills acquired in a variety of settings, including study abroad opportunities, will prepare you to positively impact those with whom you work. For both undergraduate and graduate students, the international experience is life changing. Faculty members and staff, along with students, are available to serve as mentors and value the relationships that develop during a student’s college experience at WKU.

I invite you to view the various websites across the college to gain an understanding of the numerous opportunities provided through our majors, organizations, and activities. Your success is important to us and we look forward to helping you achieve your career and educational goals.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Corinne Murphy
-Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Academic Units

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at WKU offers degree tracks in Counseling and Student Affairs, Educational Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Military Science, Psychology, Workforce Administration, and Education.


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The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at WKU offers degree tracks in Counseling and Student Affairs, Educational Administration Leadership and Research, Military Science, Psychology, and Education.


Counseling and Student Affairs

The mission of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs is to provide graduate education, conduct research, and offer service in the fields of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs.

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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

The Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research (EALR) offers graduate courses and programs that prepare students to become effective leaders in various educational venues, including both P-12 administrative and higher education settings.

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Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

The EDD program houses over 100 students who are pursuing skills and credentials to become the next generation of leaders in various education-based organizational settings.  Our unique course offerings support the busy lifestyles of our students.

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Military Science and Leadership

Welcome to the HILLTOPPER Army ROTC home page! For the last 70 years Army ROTC at Western Kentucky University has transformed hundreds of students into Army, local and national leaders.

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Do you have an interest in helping people? Do you wonder why people, including you, choose to behave in certain ways? Would you like to have flexibility in designing your degree? Then one of Psychology's programs may be for you.

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School of Professional Studies

WKU’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) is home to academic programs that focus on the needs of career-focused and non-traditional learners. SPS courses and majors are designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population. We offer on-campus, on-line, on-demand, regional campus, and cohort programs.

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School of Teacher Education

The School of Teacher Education prepares students to serve as reflective decision makers in instructional settings for diverse learners. The professional education unit is a community of learners committed to life-long learning in their own lives, as well as fostering a spirit of inquiry in the lives of others.

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Scholarship Opportunities

WKU offers generous scholarships that may help you further reduce the cost of the Hilltopper experience. The WKU TOPDollar Scholarship Source allows you to search for various opportunities that exist and complete one General Scholarship Application to be eligible to be considered for scholarship opportunities at WKU.

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Kentucky P-12 Educator Tuition Discount

In recognition of the importance of Kentucky’s teachers and other certified school personnel in helping to ensure that our high school graduates are college and career ready, WKU provides a significantly reduced tuition to help these personnel enhance their areas of expertise. 

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 Last Modified 10/16/19