The School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES) supports the University and College mission statement.

The School sees its strengths in its quality teaching, engagement with the education and human service community, and scholarly activity leading to knowledge and skills for the attainment of a professional career in the fields of counseling and counselor education, educational and school psychology, instructional technology, human development and family studies, gerontology, rehabilitative counseling, and special education.



  • The ASL/English Interpreting Program prepares students to work with children and adults who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. The interpreting courses and instructors prepare students to interpret in community and educational settings.


  • Career and Community Studies (CCS) is a college-based, non-degree transitional program that prepares students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for adult life through academic pursuits, peer socialization, and career discovery and preparation.

  • The Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) Program at Kent State University is located in the College of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS). CES is a part of the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES).

  • Two types of Master’s degrees are offered. The Master of Education (M.Ed) is the general degree program, appropriate for teachers or trainers. The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a more research-oriented degree for those who intend to write a thesis paper. The Ph.D. program provides extensive expertise in the field of Educational Psychology.

  • Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is the study of how people develop physically, emotionally and socially within the context of the family and society.  HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. 

  • The Bachelor of Science degree in Long-Term Care Administration (LTCA) is one of fifteen nationally accredited programs. LTCA major provides students the education and qualifications to work as administrators in long-term care settings including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, congregate living, adult care centers, hospice care and other long-term services and supports.

  • The graduate program in School Psychology prepares professional school psychologists to work as leaders in applied practice in education and mental health settings.

  • The Special Education program is dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s teachers of exceptional learners and future leaders in the field. We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, including advanced degrees such as the Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy. The program is fully accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education and has a national and state-wide reputation for excellence in professional preparation, research, and service to children and families.

Contact Information

Dr. Frank Sansosti
School Director