The College of Education and Human Services leads the way in educator preparation and human services programs, where students, faculty, and staff learn to challenge, lead, and inspire the world. Check out these program overviews and virtual resources.
Teacher Education Programs
As one of the largest teacher preparation programs in Michigan, we graduate more than 300 students annually. Develop your own teaching style through practical experiences in our partner schools that culminate with a semester-long student teaching placement. Community involvement activities, including student organizations, and service-learning work will broaden your teaching perspective.
We prepare graduates to serve students with cognitive or emotional impairments. Graduates become dually certified in special education and general education with an elementary or secondary focus. Enhance your teaching skills by volunteering with the Michigan Special Olympics or join our service learning group, Connections that Count, which provides support to individuals with disabilities and their families.
Human Services Programs
In our nationally accredited
Early Childhood Development and Learning program
you’ll examine the growth and development of children from birth through 8 years, a critical period for building a foundation for positive cognitive, social, emotional, and health outcomes. Our premier Child Development and Learning Laboratory serves as the primary site for practical experiences with preschool children.
students explore the growth and development of children from birth through early adulthood in the context of families and communities. Students collaborate with faculty on research projects, experience a poverty simulation, and gain practical experience working with children and youth throughout the program.
Family Studies major
acquire skills to educate and support families in a variety of human service-related fields and are eligible to apply for Certified Family Life Educator status from the National Council on Family Relations upon completion of their degree.
CMU’s Fashion Merchandising and Design programs integrate design and merchandising through hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools that facilitate your creative growth. Advanced technology, including a 3D body scanner, adult and child-size thermal manikins, and industry software gives CMU grads the edge when seeking internships and employment.
In our nationally accredited Interior Design program, you’ll solve problems using your creative design skills to enhance interior spaces. Working with a diverse faculty with both education and industry experience, and using design-specific software, you’ll learn to create unique spaces by emphasizing an integrated approach to interior design. Opportunities to work with real-world clients, and participate in service-learning projects will prepare you with the knowledge and skills essential for a successful career in commercial or residential design.
Recreation Parks & Leisure Services
Select from one of our three concentrations:
If you love the outdoors, feel connected to the environment, and enjoy educating people, you can turn that passion into a career in
Outdoor and Environmental Recreation
. Students combine class and fieldwork to prepare for careers in parks, and outdoor or environmental education programs— including national parks or adventure programs.
Recreation and Event Management
takes advantage of a booming leisure industry. CMU’s recreation and event management major—Michigan’s first—students work behind the scenes at campus concerts and events, or help organize the student-run Gus Macker basketball tournament. Graduates find employment at theme parks, parks and recreation departments, community/convention centers, festivals, and entertainment venues.
concentration, you’ll train under the guidance of nationally certified faculty and gain the skills that lead to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric agencies, or long-term care facilities. Graduates deliver functional and recreational programs for geriatric clients, individuals with emotional/behavioral impairments, or physical disabilities.
The Department of Recreation Parks and Leisure Services also houses CMU's Leadership Minor. The Leadership minor is one of the most sought-after minors and compliments academic programs across the entire University such as health professions, education, communications, business, political science, and recreation.