Executive Summary – College of Education and Human Services
The College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) consists of five programs including Social Work, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Human Services, and Human Development Counseling. Students enrolled in CEHS prepare for professional careers as social workers, teachers, counselors, school administrators, gerontologists, public professionals, and researchers. Programs in the College are closely involved with the regional K-12 school districts, the Applied Study Term (AST), and the Career Development Center (CDC) to ensure that students have realistic career objectives and receive field experience in their chosen professional areas.
The undergraduate Social Work (SWK) Program works closely with a wide variety of human social service agencies. SWK initially received national accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education in summer 2000. The Program was further evaluated in summer 2004 and received reaffirmation for the full eight year cycle until 2012.
The undergraduate Teacher Education Program (TEP) provides elementary and secondary education candidates majoring in other disciplines (e.g. English, history, mathematics, science, social work) the opportunity to complete their required study to become certified and enter the teaching profession. The primary goal of the elementary minor and the secondary minor is to prepare certified teachers who are competent in subject matter and who can teach to the psychological and socio-cultural needs of the individual learner. TEP is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with state standards aligned to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The graduate Educational Leadership (EDL) Program offers two master’s degree options. Candidates may choose between the administrative leadership concentration and the teacher leadership online concentration. Candidates completing the administrative leadership master’s degree are prepared to become school principals. Candidates completing the online master’s in teacher leadership are prepared to become department chairs, instructional leaders, supervisors, and curriculum directors. EDL is accredited by ISBE with state standards aligned to NCATE.
The graduate Human Services (HMS) Program prepares graduate students for employment in the fastest growing segment of society, including providing direct services to senior centers and nursing homes, administering and evaluating service-delivery systems for the elderly, and assisting legislative bodies that serve older persons. The HMS Program’s five areas of concentration are designed to provide advanced professional training for graduate students in child development and welfare, alcohol and substance abuse, family studies, gerontology, and social services administration. The HMS Program has recently applied for accreditation to the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE). The alcohol and substance abuse concentration is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA).
The graduate Human Development Counseling (HDC) Program provides teaching emphasis in community counseling, marriage and family therapy, and school counseling. Community counseling and school counseling are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The school counseling concentration is also accredited by ISBE with state standards aligned to NCATE.
Faculty use a variety of innovative teaching strategies and technologies in the classroom and apply their research and scholarship to the course work that they teach. Many of the faculty have national and international reputations in their areas of expertise. The 2006 Faculty Professional Performance Reports reveal that the twenty-five FTE faculty presented over 100 professional papers and published over 30 journal articles.
The College of Education and Human Services prepares future leaders to promote the worth and capacity of all persons to make informed decisions to meet personal and professional goals. The College faculty, staff, and students respect diversity, nurture engaged citizenship, and advocate education, human services, and the welfare of all people.
By 2016, the College of Education and Human Services, building on existing strengths, is more widely recognized as a provider of outstanding educational opportunities in a committed and caring environment for a diverse group of learners and their communities. Excellent professional development and personal growth is built at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The college enjoys synergistic partnerships within the University, the greater Springfield community, school districts, community colleges, public and private universities, agencies and other governmental entities.
The guiding values of the College of Education and Human Services will reflect a supportive and caring environment through the College’s commitment to learning, engagement, students and community.
- Quality Teaching & Learning
- Professionalism & Ethics
A committee consisting of staff, administrators, and faculty representation from each of these programs met bi-weekly during the 2006 spring semester to create a Strategic Plan that would guide the next ten years of growth and development within the college. The 2003 College mission and vision were revised. The 2003 College goals were updated and combined into three strategic goals: 1) Academic Excellence, 2) Leadership, and 3) Engaged Citizenship.
The descriptions of the three strategic goals are:
- The College of Education and Human Services will provide a variety of high quality professional and certification programs that lead to professional licensure and/or accreditation and continue a tradition of active participation in education, scholarship, research, and university service.
- The College of Education and Human Services will develop curricula that enable students to become professional leaders through the use of technology and best practice.
- The College of Education and Human Services will make a difference in the world through the development of public affairs programs with an emphasis on policy issues related to education and human services, continuing community outreach, and provision of quality continuing education for practitioners, their employers, university and community groups.
After the development of the strategic goals, thrusts, and action steps, five stretch ideas were identified for the College. These include the following: state-of-the-art College facility, associate dean, program admissions counselors/advisors, programming at off-campus sites, and creation of a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
The College Strategic Planning Committee gave considerable thought to the problem of resources (human, financial, and facility) and a conservative resource need estimate was determined to be $1.58 million. Possible sources of funding, including additional tuition income and fees from increased enrollment, show that the strategic goals and thrusts identified in this plan will be feasible.
An implementation plan for the proposals within the strategic plan was created and metrics to monitor the success of the strategic plan will be in place no later than spring 2008.