College of Health, Education and Human Development

Prospective Students


All  students  must  be  admitted  to  Clemson University  before  registering  for  classes.  The  undergraduate application form  and  the  graduate application form  are  available  online.  Each  academic  department/college  is  responsible  for  admitting  students  into  the  program(s)  within  that  department/college.


Counseling Degrees

Master of Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The faculty of the Clinical Mental Health counseling program ( CACREP accredited through 2015 under the 2001 CACREP community counseling program standards), is dedicated to educating and training counseling professionals to function in culturally diverse settings. This training utilizes an integrative practitioner training model emphasizing development, prevention, enhancement and the diagnosis and remediation of psychological disorders. The program is designed to provide a challenging, yet supportive environment that promotes professional orientation, practice and self-awareness.

Master of Education - School Counseling
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education degree program in School Counseling at Clemson University. This CACREP-accredited program is dedicated to educating and training counseling professionals to function in culturally diverse settings. Students completing the M.Ed. School Counseling program will demonstrate ability to effectively work with students, teachers, administrators, parents and other members of the community. We seek to admit a diverse applicant pool.

Master of Education - Student Affairs
The Counselor Education Unit, a CACREP accredited program, has designed its studies in Student Affairs to provide a comprehensive model of leadership in higher education and student development. The blending of theoretical background with practical work experience creates an excellent learning environment. Students also benefit from the close collaboration of the program faculty with the Division of Student Affairs and other administrative staff. Students are afforded opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.

Contact:    Ms.  Claire Cappio

Education  Degrees

Educational Specialist - Administration & Supervision
The Department of Educational Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human and Organizational Development at Clemson University offers an NCATE accredited program of graduate study leading to the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in educational administration.  This program fulfills the certification requirements of states that require the completion of a nationally accredited two-year program of study for certification as a central office administrator/superintendent.

Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle Grades Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in middle grades education is a 36-hour field-based initial certification program for grades 5-8.  The degree is primarily designed for mid-career professionals who are seeking to change fields and for students with backgrounds in content areas who are not currently certified to teach.  Course work includes 12 content area hours and 24 hours in education in the areas of middle school methods, curriculum, reading, educational psychology, growth and development, tests and measures, and special education.  The Clemson Master of Arts (MAT) in teaching middle grades education is housed at the Greenville University Center.

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Math or Science
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Science and Secondary Mathematics is a 38-semester hour program that is completed in 13 months and offered in Greenville at the University Center of Greenville.  It consists of innovative 0n0line courses, significant face-to-face instruction, and more than 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching.  The program provides the courses required for initial certification in South Carolina.  The program is geared primarily towards adults with a background in science, mathematics, or a related discipline who wish to change careers and enter the teaching field. 

Master of Education - Administration & Supervision
The Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision prepares individuals as elementary or secondary school administrators or supervisors.  The program provides both a theoretical and field-based foundation in educational leadership with a focus on leading instructional improvement for the benefit of all P-12 students.

Master of Education - Reading Education
Clemson University offers a Master’s of Education in Reading through the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. The purpose of an MEd degree in Reading is to educate reading professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of reading theories, processes, strategies, curriculum, and research and who can use that knowledge to plan appropriate reading programs and curricula for a variety of contexts and communicate information to a wide variety of audiences.

Master of Education - Teaching and Learning
The purpose of the M.Ed. Program in Teaching and Learning is to provide advanced education and experiences for certified teachers in the state of South Carolina, and beyond. The program is open to qualified individuals with teacher certification in local and regional communities. The objectives of the M.Ed. program in Teaching and Learning are to: enhance the practice of certified teachers; provide a source for the development of highly qualified teachers for South Carolina; and provide a rigorous program of study grounded in current research. The specialty content areas served by the Teaching and Learning program include Mathematics Education, Science Education, English Education, Social Studies Education, and Elementary Education.

Ph.D. Educational Leadership
The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide students with a strong background in five domains: (a) leadership, (b) research, (c) policy, (d) ethics, and (e) diversity.  As the highest academic degree granted by Clemson University, the Ph.D. is designed to prepare students to become scholars who discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as leaders in schools and post-secondary and community educational  institutions and agencies.  This is accomplished through close association with an apprenticeship to faculty members experienced in research, teaching, and a variety of leadership roles in the field of education.

Contact:    Ms.  Claire  Cappio

Nursing  and Healthcare Degrees

Bachelor of Science - Nursing for Registered Nurses
The RN-BS program is designed for registered nurses who wish to obtain their bachelor's degree in nursing. Classes are offered through a combination of online and in-class participation. Students meet in class two Tuesdays every 4 weeks at the University Center of Greenville. The weeks that students do not attend class in person, they will complete work online using Blackboard. The program encourages student-student and faculty-student bonding through a specialized RN-BS orientation experience at the beginning of the program. Students are admitted to the program in both the fall and spring semesters. The RN-BS Nursing program is offered exclusively at our satellite office in Greenville, South Carolina at the University Center of Greenville.

Contact:    Ms. Ellen Chiles

Accelerated Second Degree - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Accelarated Second Degree Nursing Program is designed for individuals who have already earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.  This is an intense full-time, 16-month program of study, including rigorous clinical experiences.  The program spans four consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer and fall) and leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Contact:    Ms. Hillarie Brown

Master of Science - Nursing
The Master of Science degree program with a major in nursing is designed to build upon the first  professional degrees.  The student may select one of six study options: Maternal/Child/Adolescent clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (A/GNP), Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education.  The nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist options articulate with the baccalaureate program in the continued acquisition of advanced nursing knowledge and skills of the specialist.  These specializations build toward advanced nursing practice in selected clinical practice and role areas.  Theory research and role development are emphasized to enable the graduate to participate in the development of nursing knowledge and contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.  The Masters of Science, Major in Nursing program is offered exclusively at our satellite office in Greenville, South Carolina at the University Center of Greenville.

Contact:    Ms.  Hillarie Brown

Certificate in Clinical & Health Services Research
The Certificate in clinical and Health Services Research offered by Clemson University at the University Center of Greenville is a 12 credit non-degree graduate-level program leading to an awarded certificate.  It is intended to enhance the research skills of health professionals by providing introductory graduate courses.

Contact:    Dr.  Lee Crandall, Ph.D.

PhD Healthcare Genetics
The doctoral degree offers graduate students the opportunity to be mentored by interdisciplinary faculty from more than six disciplines. Core courses are in Genetics, Healthcare Genetics, Psychology, Political Science and Policy to provide students with the tools necessary to develop a program of research. In addition the curriculum offers the opportunity to learn from experts the vital elements of their discipline which can impact the evolving knowledge of genetics and/or genomics. Three cognate areas allow students to focus on their area of interest for healthcare genetics and/or genomic research. These opportunities include translational “Bench to Bedside” research, the Interventionist focus for study on genetic issues for individuals, communities and/or populations and finally ethics and/or policy.

Contact:    Ms.  Claire Cappio   

Online  Degrees 

Master of Human Resource Development
The Master of Human Resource Development degree is designed for in-career professionals who wish to advance their standing within the profession.  Taught by both practitioners and academicians, this unique program provides working professionals with an opportunity to earn an advanced degree from a highly respected institution that is at the forefront of the profession. 

Master of Science - Youth Development Leadership
The Master of Science - Youth Development Leadership program is moving forward to address the need for providing strong, effective leaders equipped to optimize the skills of youth and create a culture where youth thrive and are nurtured to become productive citizens of healthy communities in our society.  Our Youth Development Leadership program affords students the opportunity to receive a comprehensive discipline of study that (1) develops effective leaders to work with youth to foster healthy living and preparation for successful adulthood; and (2) expands the body of knowledge of best practices in serving youth.  The 2-year Master of Science degree program is designed to prepare leaders to build the capacity for youth to successfully act within their families and communities by equipping them with the knowledge and skills related to: Principles, Best Practices, Child and Adolescent Development, Youth Program Services, Family Intervention, Research and Evaluation, Leadership Skills Development and Grantsmanship.

Contact:    Ms.  Claire  Cappio

Master of Science - Parks Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson's PRTM online M.S. is a nonthesis, two-year program that requires 30 credit hours of four core courses, one course in management and four concentration courses.  All students are required to complete a three-credit-hour culminating project that can be tailored to benefit the student's current place of employment or future career goals.  Course work is offered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery.  Courses will be offered in six-week time intervals.  We encourage (but don't require) students to begin the program during the fall semester.  You may choose to concentrate in one of the following:  Parks and conservation areas management; Community recreation, sport and camp management; Travel and tourism.  In addition, 12-credit certificates are available in international parks and tourism and in event management.

Contact:    Ms.  Denise Anderson, Ph.D.

Master of Public Administration
The program allows for a concentration focus in any of the major public administration disciplines. It offers adaptive course content related to real events in the global environment as they occur. The concentration areas are: (1) Sustainability and Public Administration, (2) Non-Profit Management, (3) International Administration, and (4) Local Government. Recently, the Clemson MPA program has added three new specializations: (5) Emergency Management, (6) Homeland Defense and Security, and (7) Town-Gown Relations. It is currently the only graduate program in South Carolina to offer such specializations and one of the first programs in the nation to offer them in a live online format. Such flexibility, diversity and timely responses to broad administrative changes have made the program very attractive to students and employers.

Contact:    Ms.  Claire Cappio

Other Programs, Certificates or Degrees

American Sign Language (ASL) - English Educational Interpreting Certificate
The ASL-English Educational Certificate is a 16 credit hour program designed to prepare students as entry-level inter-preters to work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in K-12 classrooms.  Course work focuses on interpreter processing skills, continued sign vocabulary development, the transfer of meaning between languages, as well as, a specialized focus on interpreting in the educational setting.

Contact:    Mr.  Steve Fitzmaurice 

Math Out of the Box®
Math Out of the Box® is one of a few STEM curricula developed in the 21st century to meet 21st century needs. The research and development took place in the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. Much of the development and field testing was funded by STEM companies, including DuPont, Michelin North America, John Deere Foundation, Ford Motor Fund Foundation, General Electric Foundation, American Honda Foundation, and Fluor Foundation. The publisher, Carolina Biological Supply Company, is known internationally for its support and publication of inquiry-based curricula.

Contact:    Ms.  Dot  Moss

PhD in International Family and Community Studies
The doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies is designed to educate professionals to generate, diffuse, and apply knowledge needed to strengthen communities’ capacity for family support, meaningful participation, and strong relationships, including mutual assistance. The program prepares graduates as (a) scholars in interdisciplinary institutes or academic departments on child and family studies, social policy studies, international studies, or community development or (b) researchers, planners, or administrators in domestic or international governmental or non-governmental agencies concerned with children, families, and/or communities.

Contact:   Ms Ellen Chiles

Teacher Professional Development & Certificate Renewal
Varied teacher professional development and/or certificate renewal contract courses are offered through the HEHD Office of Distance Education.

Contact:    Ms.  April Bowen

The Upstate Writing Project (UWP)
The Upstate Writing Project (UWP) is an official Nation Writing Project (NWP) site. It is supported by financial and professional resources of Clemson University and local school districts. In keeping with the NWP model, UWP has the following primary goals: To improve students’ writing abilities by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation’s schools, Provide professional development programs for classroom teachers, and Expand the professional roles of teachers. In addition, the UWP is part of the South Carolina Writing Project. State initiatives include supporting the Writing Improvement Network’s Fall Writing Conference and the SDE Exemplary Writing Program.

Contact:    Dr.  Rebecca  Kaminski,  EdD

Clemson  University  is  accredited  by  the  Commission  on  Colleges  of  the  Southern  Association  of  Colleges  and  Schools  to  award  Bachelor's,  Master's,  Education  Specialist,  and  Doctor's  degrees.    Question  related  to  this  accreditation  should  be  directed  to  Southern  Association  of  Colleges  and  Schools,  Commission  on  Colleges,  1866  Southern  Lane,  Decatur,  GA  30033-4097;  phone  404-679-4501

To contact us:
HEHD Office of Distance Education

426 Edwards Hall
College of Health, Education, and Human Development
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: (864) 656-7015
FAX: (864) 656-1877

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