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Phone: 330-941-3257
Fax: 330-941-2369

Youngstown State University
3305 Beeghly College of Education
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio  44555

Jake J. Protivnak, Ph.D.
Department Chair / Associate Professor
jjprotivnak AT ysu DOT edu

Cindy J. Sarnowski
Administrative Assistant
cjsarnowski AT ysu DOT edu

Welcome to the Department of Counseling, Special Education, & School Psychology


Youngstown State University is located an hour from Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  The Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology develops professionals who are committed to empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.  

The mission of the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology is to develop professional counselors, intervention specialists, school psychologists, and related helping professionals. We seek to produce graduates who are sensitive to the impacts of human development, culture, and context upon students and consumers of education and counseling services. Graduates are caring and compassionate teachers, counselors and professionals; who are self-reflective; who promote opportunity and social justice for the impoverished urban and rural populations; and, who are committed to empowering individuals to thrive, and to achieve their fullest potential.

The CACREP accredited masters degree in Counseling has options in a) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, b) School Counseling, c) Addiction Counseling, and d) Student Affairs & College Counseling.  The bachelors in Special Education includes an option in mild to moderate disabilities.  The masters degree in Special Education includes options in a) Autism and Related Disabilities (moderate-intensive licensure) and Intervention Specialist (mild-moderate licensure).  The educational specialist degree in School Psychology includes a master’s degree in Intervention Services.   

The faculty and students within the Department of Counseling, Special Education, & School Psychology are committed to academic success, excellence, and engagement.  The department has a consistent record of accomplishments in relation to the mission and goals of YSU, assessment activities/results, research and scholarly activity by faculty and students, examples of student success and academic excellence, and community engagement activities. 

Review the recent Department Annual Report for a summary of program, faculty, staff and student accomplishments.

Jake J. Protivnak, Ph.D.
Department Chair - Counseling, Special Education & School Psychology

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