Created as a College of Education department in the spring of 2010, Leadership and Counseling merged three academic programs—Counseling and School Psychology, Adult/Organizational Learning and Leadership, and Educational Leadership—representing an integration of professional programs essential to K-12, higher education leadership, and workforce development.
Since the 2010 when Leadership and Counseling was created the department has experienced four significant changes.
1. The creation of a new Ed.D. program in partnership with BYU Idaho—this partnership, attached to L&C’s Educational Leadership and AOLL programs provides doctoral degrees to 25 BYU Idaho faculty over the next three years in the Professional Practitioner Doctorate (PPD).
2. The reinvestment in Rehabilitation and Community Counseling—beginning in 2011, L&C will launch new RCC programs in Boise and Coeur d’ Alene in partnership with the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVr). Accredited by CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education), our programs will provide both degree and Category R certificate courses-of-study.
3. The expansion of online courses and the reduction of live courses—online degree offerings in Educational Leadership (EDAD) and Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership (AOLL) have increased and our online technology has been enhanced with new modalities.
4. The reorganization of school counseling and school psychology programs—the School Counseling program master degree requirements are being increased from 34 to 48. New students will be admitted soon and new faculty will be recruited. As part of the reorganization, the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology is no longer offered.