Graduate Program: College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The News Magazine of HCU

Submitted by Dr. Teresa M. McIntyre, dean of the HBU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (COEBS) graduate programs at HBU have a longstanding tradition of offering training in education, counseling and psychology with the highest academic standards paired with a strong spiritual foundation. It is a large college with two schools (Education and Behavioral Sciences), and four departments (Curriculum and Instruction, Special Populations, Leadership and Counseling and Psychology). Through small class sizes, a diversity of teaching modalities (on and off-campus, online), and experienced faculty, we prepare students to be effective professionals who reflect Christ in their work and service.  

I have served the COEBS for about one year, and have been humbled and impressed by the dedication and quality of its faculty members, and by their love for teaching and for their students. COEBS professors have a strong academic background coupled with real-world knowledge of the profession; many have served in the school system as teachers, principals, superintendents, and in the community as counselors and clinical psychologists.  

This real-world experience, paired with the mission to support the students’ academic, personal and spiritual growth, makes our program unique in comparison to other programs in the state. The high integrity, work ethic and spirit of service to our students are recognized by employers in the community who sponsor and are in regular attendance at HBU career fairs to recruit COEBS students. COEBS students have pursued diverse careers including teaching, education administration, educational diagnosticians, school psychology, clinical psychology and academia. 

A unique program in both Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction, is the cohort MEd program, whereby teachers are able to take classes and conduct their field experience off-campus via partnerships between HBU and public school districts. 

In behavioral sciences, by integrating scientific and biblical knowledge, our students are able to serve the deeper needs of those who suffer mental and physical illness, seeking to improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem, and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. 

For those considering graduate education at our College, achieving your goals may be more affordable than you think. The HBU Graduate School offers scholarships for high-achieving applicants interested in programs in education and the psychological sciences. In addition, The Guild, a group of dedicated Christian women, offers endowed scholarships to help selected outstanding doctoral and Master of Education students experience a life-shaping, Christ-centered educational experience at HBU.