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College of Education and Human Services University of Illinois Springfield

What Our Students Say

PrincipalPrincipal Brandi Bruley is a dedicated principal who holds a very strong passion for her career.  When asked how the Department of Educational Leadership at UIS has prepared her for a career as a principal she replied:

“The program is rigorous and the faculty bring in a dynamic group of people to help instruct our educational experience. Also, the faculty provide students with such a variety of opportunities that I didn’t know existed. Finally, the program has offered an immense amount of networking prospects.”

Read more about Brandi Bruley (pdf).

Teresa Orrick is a Department of Human Services Alcohol & Substance Abuse Concentration student.

“UIS offers a substance abuse certificate and I could do most of the program online, which allowed me to take classes and still be able to work full time. I love the blended classes. Dr. Melvin is AMAZING! Every instructor I’ve had in the program has been knowledgeable, committed, and it has been my privilege to have taken their class. I have also met some super women in this program. The friendships that I have developed over the semesters have meant so very much to me.”
Read more about Teresa Orrick (pdf).


Chase Brinkley is an outstanding Teacher Education student who presented a project for our annual UIS StARS research syposium in April 2014.

“During my second semester at UIS I was introduced to TEP advisor, Dr. Kahn.  His experience as a teacher and passion for teaching changed my ideas of becoming an educator.success graduate
Read more about Chase Brinkley (pdf).