Counseling and Special Education (CASE)

The Department of Counseling and Special Education (CASE) offers programs for individuals interested in becoming special educators, speech pathologists, or counselors. Graduates of our programs assume leadership roles in their local districts and the state. Counseling and special education professionals demonstrate a commitment to inclusiveness and equity in their interactions with children with diverse needs. They serve as exemplars of a collaborative spirit as they interact with other educators, families and community agencies and model intellectual vitality as they examine and implement research and best practices in their work settings.

Our Mission

The mission of CASE is threefold: (1) to prepare graduate students for teaching roles that support the educational growth and development of children experiencing disabilities, (2) to develop competent and ethical counselors prepared to assume professional roles within school and community settings, and (3) to provide foundational coursework and ongoing clinical experiences designed to prepare and support graduate students in speech-language pathology. This mission is consistent with the mission of the College of Education and emphasizes innovation, excellence, and collaboration.

Programs offered by the department:


Department Contacts

Keith Cates, Ph.D, LPC, NCC
Department Chair
907-786-6314 phone
907-786-4474 fax

Louisa Hayes
Administrative Assistant
907-786-4450 phone
907-786-4474 fax

CASE is located in the Professional Studies Building suite 206.