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Counseling, Special Education, and Educational Psychology

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The Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Educational Psychology offers programs for students wanting master’s degrees in special education, educational diagnostics, school counseling, mental health counseling, and/or rehabilitation counseling. We also have an undergraduate program that leads to special education certification. We offer many courses that students find interesting such as the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, learners with special needs, effective reading strategies for low performing learners, trauma therapy for individuals, crisis management for schools and organizations, and marriage and family therapy. We have the FAST TRACK program in Special Education and Educational Diagnostics for undergraduate students wanting to get a head start working toward a master’s degree.

While our degree options are plentiful, it is our faculty that makes the difference. Our instructors are student-oriented and nationally recognized experts in their fields. We are here to help you achieve your educational goals.

Graduate Programs and Plans

The department of Educational Psychology and Special Services offers two graduate degrees. 

The Master of Education is directed toward the professional who wishes to prepare for specialized professional practice as a School Counselor, Educational Diagnostician, or Special Educator.

The Master of Science is directed towards the professional who wishes to prepare for practice as a Mental Health Counselor.

In addition to these degree programs, the Department offers coursework leading to School Counselor and Educational Diagnostician certification by the State Board for Educator Certification. Completion of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling prepares the student with the academic coursework necessary for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. 

Chair

Rick Myer
Contact Information: ramyer@utep.edu; 915-747-7680
Education: BA, Union University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph D, University of Memphis

Professor

Patricia Ainsa
Contact Information: tainsa@utep.edu; 915-747-7678
Education: BS, The University of Texas at El Paso; Post-Doctoral, Texas Tech University/The University of Texas at El Paso; MA, Eastern New Mexico University; Ph D, University of Colorado Boulder; MPH, University of Houston; Professional Development Special Certification in Distance Education, University of Wisconsin

Rick Myer
Contact Information: ramyer@utep.edu; 915-747-7680
Education: BA, Union University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph D, University of Memphis

Associate Professor

Beverley Argus-Calvo
Contact Information: bcalvo@utep.edu; 915-747-5266
Education: BA, Mercer University; Certification Course, Anglo Montessori School; MA, The George Washington University; Ph D, New Mexico State University

Carleton Brown
Contact Information: chbrown@utep.edu; 915-747-8687
Education: BA, University of Central Arkansas; M.Ed, University of Arkansas; M.Ed, University of Arkansas Little Rock; Ph D, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Paul Carrola
Contact Information: pacarrola@utep.edu; 915-747-7496
Education: BA, The University of Texas at San Antonio; MA, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Ph D, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Sarah Peterson
Contact Information: sepeterson@utep.edu; 915-747-7639
Education: BA, University of Iowa; MA, University of Wyoming; Ph D, Arizona State University

Sang Min Shin
Contact Information: sshin2@utep.edu; 915-747-7643
Education: BA, Sookmyung Women's University; MS, Johns Hopkins University; Ph D, University of Florida

Robert Trussell
Contact Information: rptrussell@utep.edu; 915-747-7520
Education: BS, Frostburg State University; MA, The University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, University of Missouri

Assistant Professor

Sumin Lim
Contact Information: slmullins@utep.edu; 915-747-7581
Education: BA, Gyeongin National University of Education; MS, Saint Cloud State University; Ph D, University of Kansas

Johana Rocha
Contact Information: jrocha10@utep.edu; 915-747-7584
Education: BA, UNAD Colombia; MS, Old Dominion University; Ph D, Old Dominion University

Anjanette Todd
Contact Information: atodd3@utep.edu; 915-747-7640
Education: BS, University of Florida, Gainesville-Department of Tourism; Ed.S., University of Florida, Gainesville-School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education; M.Ed, University of Florida, Gainesville-School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education; Ph D, University of South Florida, Tampa-Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career and Higher Education

Kristopher Yeager
Contact Information: khyeager@utep.edu; 915-747-7583
Education: BA, College of William and Mary; M.Ed, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph D, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Clinical Assistant Professor

Chu-Ling Lo
Contact Information: clo@utep.edu; 915-747-7843
Education: Ph D, University of Iowa

The University of Texas at El Paso
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El Paso, Texas 79968

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