The College of Education and Human Services will be at the forefront in the preparation of professionals for the 21st century.
The primary mission of the College of Education and Human Services is to provide the highest quality undergraduate and graduate educational experiences that develop effective professionals, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners. Students will expand their understanding of themselves and their roles in a diverse and global society. Through a broad range of technological and human services, the College and its graduates, in collaboration with the constituencies they serve, will be proactive forces for improving the quality of life in the 21st century.
Examine Our Undergraduate Programs:
The process of becoming a certified teacher in Michigan begins when you enter CMU and declare your intent to focus on that area. Advising is a critical component for all education students; some courses may be counted in different types of ways to meet various curricular requirements. Meeting with your adviser and mentor regularly is important.
The Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development prepares students for certification for elementary and secondary students. Other departmental majors and minors are located in 25 departments across the university.
After a rigorous academic review and evaluation, TEAC, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, has granted full accreditation to the Teacher Education and Professional Development program at Central Michigan University.
TEAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators. Accreditation by TEAC is an expression of confidence that a program is satisfactorily achieving its objectives and that it meets or exceeds TEAC's standards of program quality and institutional capacity.
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditation, the American Council on Education, Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
Human Service-related programs
An array of Human Service programs are offered through EHS. If you can see yourself interacting with people in a professional capacity or if you think you would like a career in business or a human service agency setting working with clients face-to-face to help them in meeting their needs, then you should explore the human service-related programs in EHS.
All professional degree programs include carefully designed, direct experiences in real-life settings. These required experiences, which differ from program to program, have one common element -- close contact with people with whom you will work as a professional.
Much of the hands-on experience in EHS takes place in the many clinics and centers which provide service to the university and the community at large. These clinics include: the Child Development/Preschool Laboratory, the Human Development Clinic, and the Reading Clinic.
College centers are:
- Center for Student Services (CSS)
- Center for Leisure Services
- Center for Merchandising & Design Technology
- Center for Excellence in Education (CEIE)
- Child Development and Learning Laboratory (CDLL)
- EHS Technology Operations
- Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)
- Human Development Clinic
- Kromer Instructional Materials Center (KIMC)
- Opportunities for Talent Development (OTD)
- Science/Mathematics/Technology Center (SMTC) & NASA Regional Teachers Resource Center
- The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools
In addition to the course work and professional field experience available in EHS professional programs, you may also become involved in research activities. Both faculty and students are actively involved in broadening the body of knowledge via educational and behavioral research in many areas of study.
Interdisciplinary Gerontology Program
Gerontology is the study of aging. At CMU, the interdisciplinary Gerontology Program involves education, service, and research. A big part of the program is the undergraduate Gerontology Minor. The program also encourages the development of gerontology-related continuing education opportunities, activity programs, and grant projects. Recent projects include the planning and presentation of statewide conferences on aging and cooperation with other Michigan colleges and universities in gerontology-related faculty development programs. For further information contact the director, Interdisciplinary Gerontology Program, in the Department of Human Environmental Studies at 989-774-3218.
Examine Our Graduate Programs:
Graduate programs are offered in all five departments within EHS, as well as an interdisciplinary Masters of Arts in Education. The Department of Counseling and Special Education offers masters' level programs in Professional Counseling, School Counseling and Special Education. The Educational Leadership Department provides graduate students the opportunities to pursue advanced degrees in Community Leadership, General Education Administration and School Principalship. This department also offers a specialist degree and a terminal degree in Educational Leadership. Human Environmental Studies offers graduate programs in both Human Development and Family Studies and Nutrition and Dietetics. Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services Administration has the state's first professionally accredited major in the field of recreation, parks and leisure services administration. Teacher Education and Professional Development offers graduate degrees in the following areas: Educational Technology; Elementary Education; Middle Level Education; Reading and Literacy; and Secondary Education