College of Education and Human Services

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

Larry D. Stonecipher, Dean

Faculty of the college take full advantage of UIS’ location in the state capital by maintaining close ties with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services. Faculty serve on a variety of professional advisory boards and on the boards of local social service delivery agencies. Due to the large number of state government employees, educators, and human service professionals in Springfield, the college’s academic programs are vital to the city’s economic and employment base.

Students enrolled in the college’s programs 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 Experiential and Service-Learning Programs and the Career Development Center to ensure that students receive field experience in their chosen professional areas and have realistic career objectives.

The Social Work Program is nationally accredited and works closely with a variety of human social service agencies. The Human Development Counseling Program is also nationally accredited and provides teaching emphasis in community counseling, marriage and family therapy, and school counseling.

The Human Services 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 in legislative bodies that serve older persons. The Human Services Program’s four areas of concentration are designed to provide advanced professional training for graduate students in human services such as child and family studies, alcohol and substance abuse, gerontology, and social services administration.

The Teacher Education minors provide students majoring in other disciplines the opportunity to complete their required study to become certified and enter the K-12 teaching profession. A major goal is to prepare certified elementary and secondary teachers who are competent in subject matter and who understand the psychological and socio-cultural characteristics of learners. Within the Educational Leadership graduate program, students may choose between the Educational Leadership degree and the Teacher Leadership online degree. Students completing the Educational Leadership graduate degrees are prepared to become master teachers, educational instructional leaders, supervisors, curriculum directors, or administrators in school systems. 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.

Degrees and certificates

Bachelor’s Degree: Social Work (B.S.W.)

Master of Arts: Educational Leadership, Human Development Counseling,
Human Services, Teacher Leadership

Certification Preparation

Educational Leadership

a) Administrative Leadership – Principalship

b) School Superintendent Endorsement

c) Chief School Business Official Post-Master’s Certificate

Teacher Education Minors

a) Elementary Education

b) Secondary Education — Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics,
Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology

Human Development Counseling

a) School Counselor

b) Marriage and Family Counseling

Human Services

a) Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

b) Professional Development Sequence in Gerontology

Online Degrees and Certifications

  • Master of Arts Degree: Human Services/Social Services Administration — blended online
  • Master of Arts Degree: Teacher Leadership — online
  • Secondary Math Teaching Certificate — online
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Chief School Business Official — online


Phone: (217) 206 – 6784