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College of Education and Human Services

Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Ed.D., Dean

Elizabeth Kirby, Ed.D., Senior Associate Dean

EHS 426, 989-774-3079

“The College of Education and Human Services will be at the forefront in the preparation of professionals for the twenty-first century.”

Department of Counseling and Special Education
Department of Educational Leadership
Department of Human Environmental Studies
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration
Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development


The primary mission of the College of Education and Human Services (EHS) 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 twenty-first century.

We believe that involvement in the field, prior to graduation, is a critical component of all of our programs. While many remain in their original professions--teaching, leisure services, or an area of human environmental studies--other graduates eventually go to graduate school for advanced study into areas such as counseling, special education, or educational administration. Whether you are just exploring these fields or want to declare a major, know that the faculty and staff are deeply committed to caring for and serving you.

Teaching-Related Programs

The process of becoming a certified teacher in Michigan starts 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 advisor and mentor regularly is important.

The Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development prepares students for certification in elementary and secondary education through its professional education courses. Other departmental majors and minors are located within 25 academic departments across the university.

CMU is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education. CMU is expected to meet high standards for all of our professional education programs.

Human Service-Related Programs

An array of Human Service programs is offered through EHS. If you see yourself interacting with people in a professional capacity, or think you would like a career in a business or a human service agency setting working with clients face-to-face to help them in meeting their needs, you should explore 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 that provide service to the university and the community at large. These clinics include: the Human Growth and Development Learning Laboratory, the Center for Community Counseling and Development and the Reading Clinic. College centers are: Center for Leisure Services, Opportunities for Talent Development, Kromer Instructional Material Center (see below), Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Center for Excellence in Education, Great Explorations in Math and Science Center, and The Center for Charter Schools.

Kromer Instructional Materials Center

The Kromer Instructional Materials Center, located on the first floor of the new EHS building, serves Education and Human Services and the university and local community. The KIMC has PreK-12 manipulative materials, kits, games, puppets, charts, maps, models, and other resources that can be used in a variety of educational settings. The KIMC also has a vast collection of Ellison dies, die cut machines, spiral binding materials, a laminator and other supplies to build or protect hands-on manipulative resources. Lamination is available by appointment. We welcome patrons from the university and surrounding Mt. Pleasant community to come in and work on their projects in our facility.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The purpose of the Language Arts program (major or minor) is to prepare prospective teachers to function effectively in this integral component of the elementary classroom. The goal of the program is to have the students possess the knowledge, skills, and understanding of the role of language arts in elementary education. The phone number is 989-774-3975 and the office location is EHS 421.

The Leadership Minor is a 24 credit hour interdisciplinary program. The major objective of the program is to educate students for and about leadership positions in their community and profession. The minor complements a wide variety of academic programs. Contact the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration at 989-774-1939 or see the advisor in Finch 213.

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 master’s level programs in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Special Education. The Educational Leadership Department offers doctorate degrees in Education Leadership, a specialist degree in General Education Administration, and master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration, School Principalship, (Site-Based Leadership and Charter School Emphases), and Teacher Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. Human Environmental Studies offers graduate programs in Apparel Product Development & Merchandising Technology, and Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as graduate certificates in Nutrition and Dietetics and Gerontology. Teacher Education and Professional Development offers graduate degrees in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Reading and Literacy K-12, and Educational Technology; The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology.