School of Education & Human Services
Welcome to Marymount’s School of Education and Human Services. Our primary goal is to prepare you to serve as an agent for positive change. Whether you want to work one-on-one with individuals or be a leader in the global community as a caring, reflective, and ethical practitioner grounded in both the theory and practice of your specific field of endeavor, the programs of the School of Education and Human Services are designed to support you in your development, not just academically but socially, ethically, and as a member of a learning community.
Our School offers undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, and Sociology. We also have graduate programs in Education (M.Ed. programs leading to initial licensure, a program in administration/supervision for Catholic School leaders, and a program in Curriculum and Instruction) Forensic and Legal Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (with specializations in clinical mental health, school, and pastoral counseling). We offer minors in Forensics and Criminal Investigations, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology, and we support for interdisciplinary minors in Gender and Society, International Studies, Media and Performance Studies, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability). Descriptions of these programs can be found in the catalog, which can be accessed here.
Note that the School of Education and Human Services, as of April, 2018, is in the process of becoming the School of Sciences, Math and Education, a transition that we will complete by September of 2018! We are looking forward to the synergies a new configuration of disciplines will encourage; we are excited about the addition of the physical sciences and math to the social science disciplines that have been the heart of our existing school. We believe, with Albert Einstein, that “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Therefore, our new school brings together disciplines that often share modes of inquiry, a commitment to experiential educational approaches, and a desire to serve society through helping students learn how to learn, how to apply unfolding knowledge and theory in tackling real-world problems, and live meaningful lives in an ever-changing global context. The new school configuration is grounded in recent research on convergence, which puts students and their learning opportunities first, in a forward-looking way. Convergence is “an approach to problem solving that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. It integrates knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking . . . to form a comprehensive synthetic framework for tackling scientific and societal challenges that exist at the interfaces of multiple fields” (National Research Council as reported by NSF). Our current students tell us that they value how they are taught to problem-solve, to ask good questions, to collaborate with others in finding paths forward, and to value diversities of opinions and to be caring citizens of the world, and we see this realignment as an opportunity to encourage the development of these kinds of skills and “ways of being” even further – all with a grounding in the pillars of stimulating intellectual curiosity, a disposition to serve, and a global perspective so important to the mission of the University.
Please explore the departmental web pages of those programs in which you are interested to learn more about us, as well as career options in your chosen field. And, please do not hesitate to contact any of us – including our excellent support staff - with any questions you may have. We are eager to support you in your educational journey.
Lois T. Stover