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College of Education and Human Services

Paula Lancaster, Ph.D., Dean

Megan Goodwin, Ph.D., Associate Dean

EHS 426, 989-774-3079;

“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. Our vision is to strive to be a diverse academic community nationally recognized for its leaders, scholars and innovative professionals.”

Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Higher Education
Department of Fashion, Interior Design, and Merchandising
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration
Department of Teacher and Special Education


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 so that students have an opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-life settings. Whether you are interested in one of our applied professional programs such as teaching, fashion design and merchandising, interior design, child development, family studies, leadership or recreation or are still exploring the right program for you, know that our faculty and staff are committed to assisting you to achieve your academic goals.

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 and Special Education prepares students for certification in elementary and secondary education through its professional education courses. Other teaching majors and minors are located in 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.

Several of our human services programs have earned national accreditation confirming that the program meets high standards for academic quality. These include: Early Childhood Development and Learning, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Interior Design, accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and Recreation, accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.

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, 989-774-3858 or see an advisor in Finch 214. 

Applied Experiences

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 Child Development and Learning Laboratory, the Center for Community Counseling and Development and the Literacy Clinic. College centers and related offices are: Center for Leisure Services, Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Center for Merchandising and Design Technology, Office of Educator Preparation Programs and the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools.

Residential College

The Education and Human Services Residential College (EHSRC) is a community that supports freshmen and transfer students who are pursuing education and human service related professions. Located in Sweeney Residence Hall, this unique living-learning environment offers a friendly, supportive community and provides each student with opportunities to excel as an individual and as part of a team focusing on academics, community building, volunteer service, leadership and professional development. For more information about the EHS Residential College visit their web page at

Student Organizations

The College is home to more than 25 student organizations, honors societies, and service clubs. These organizations provide opportunities for students to interact with other students with shared interests, learn from practicing professionals, and prepare for a career in one’s chosen field. More information about these organizations and their activities are available in the department offices.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs are offered in four departments within EHS, as well as an Interdisciplinary Masters of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Administration. The department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Special Education offers doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership, a specialist degree in General Education Administration, and master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration and Education Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, as well as master’s level programs in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. Fashion, Interior Design, and Merchandising offers a master’s degree in Apparel Product Development & Merchandising Technology. Teacher and Special Education offers master’s degrees in Reading and Literacy K-12; Learning, Design, and Technology; a doctorate in Educational Technology; and a master’s in Special Education: The Master Teacher.