Educational Studies and Psychology

Department Contact

Dr. Tracey Middleton
Department Chair
Email: tracy.middleton@benedict.edu
Office Phone: 803-705-4594 or 803-705-4496

Ms. Cassandra Williams
Data Specialist
Email: cassandra.williams@benedict.edu
Office Phone: 803-705-4496

The mission of the Educational Studies and Psychology Department is to prepare students for careers in psychology and child and family development fields as educators and practitioners. Through the major, minor, and concentration programs, our students develop knowledge and skills that promote empowering, justice-driven, and inclusive experiences for a diverse and global society.

Majors Offered

The Educational Studies and Psychology Department offers two majors.  A major in Educational Studies with a concentration in Child and Family Development and a major in Psychology.  The Child and Family Development concentration prepares graduates to work in non-public school settings that serve the educational needs of children and families. The psychology major provides specialized training for students planning professional careers in psychology, mental health, and child & adult protective services.

Learning Opportunities

Through the majors and minors, students develop knowledge and skills that promote empowering, justice-driven, and inclusive experiences for a diverse and global society. Students enrolled in the Educational Studies and Psychology Department are required to complete an internship that closely correlates with their specific major and program of study during the final semester of the senior year. Students who major in Child and Family Development must complete a minimum twelve-week, full-time internship in an approved site. The Educational Studies and Psychology Department also offers minors in child and family development and psychology.  

Additional Opportunities

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Blood Drive

A few of our December 2018 graduating seniors, Dajae Brown, Precious Gray, and Angel Harrison, planned and led a blood drive sponsored by the American Red.  The event was held on Thursday, September 25, 2018 inside of the Benedict College Swinton Center.  The students did this event as a part of their Field Practicum at the American Red Cross where they are responsible for 400 hours of internship experience this semester.  From creating the proposal, to hosting the event, to making decisions on the entertainment, food, and incentives, these scholars were involved in every step of the process.  Their targeted goal was to have at least 50 people in participate in the blood drive. On the day of the event they arrived, bright and early, to set up and sign in participants. Their hard work paid off as well over 100 students, faculty, and staff donated blood to the American Red Cross.

Emergency Shelter

In addition to the blood drive the students also participated in disaster preparedness activities as Hurricane Florence approached the state.  Specifically, the interns traveled to Branchville, SC, a small town located in Orangeburg County, to spend three days and two nights at Branchville high school to assist in preparation efforts.  In preparation for the storm, they unloaded and set up an emergency shelter for the first time, giving them a hands on learning experience of what it is like to be in a critical situation. They all agree, it was not easy to adapt to an environment with such a lack of resources. It was challenging for them to cope and remain calm throughout the process, but above all, they gained so much knowledge and feel they will be better prepared in the future. Another asset they obtained from this experience is networking, they were able to meet a lot of people who work in DSS, have been social workers for years, in different organizations, and this gave them a great platform to promote the blood drive. All and all they learned the importance of patience, and now they have a better idea of what they will face in the future as professional social workers.  

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