Undergraduate Catalog

College of Education and Human Services

Interim Dean: Dr. Eric C. Sheffield
Associate Dean for Administration: Dr. Katrina M. Daytner
Interim Assistant Dean for Educator Preparation: Dr. Renee L. Polubinsky
Office: Horrabin Hall 117
Telephone: (309) 298-1690
Fax: (309) 298-2222
Email: COEHS@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/coehs

The College of Education and Human Services houses a number of diverse programs that are designed to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment that is widely recognized as meeting the humanistic and technological demands of a global society. These programs lead to careers in education; public health, health services management and social work; exercise science, physical education and nutrition and dietetics; law enforcement and justice administration; fire science; emergency management; leisure, hospitality, recreation, and tourism. The graduates of these programs enter careers in business, education, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. All of the college’s teacher education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, and several of our other programs are accredited by external professional organizations. Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (CoAPRT).

Long recognized for its outstanding programs, the College of Education and Human Services has maintained its excellence in the traditional aspects of preparation while undergoing expansion and development to meet the changing needs of society. The programs maintain close relationships with external communities in a wide array of experiences, the most comprehensive being a full-time internship, practicum, or student teaching experience during the senior year. These experiences ensure that our graduates are well prepared for their chosen career path.

The academic programs are enhanced by many special facilities including aquatic areas, court facilities, weight rooms, the Infant & Preschool lab school, the Knoblauch Executive Kitchen and Dining Room, and the Horn Field Campus outdoor education facility; as well as specialized laboratories including a biomechanics laboratory, a human performance laboratory, the McCamey Crime Lab, an Emergency Operations Center, and a special emergency medical training laboratory.

Departments and Programs

Students in the College of Education and Human Services may pursue studies in the following departments/schools and programs:

Department of Counselor Education and College Student Personnel
  • Undergraduate Coursework in College Student Personnel
  • Undergraduate Coursework in Counselor Education
School of Education
  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies
  • B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education with additional options in:
    • Early Childhood Education
    • English as a Second Language Education
    • Multilingual Education
  • B.S.Ed. in Middle Level Education
  • B.S.Ed. in Special Education
  • Professional Education Coursework
Department of Health Sciences and Social Work
  • B.S. in Health Services Management
  • B.S. in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
Department of Kinesiology
  • B.S. in Exercise Science
  • B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • B.S. in Nutrition and Foodservice Management
  • B.S. in Physical Education
School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
  • B.S. in Emergency Management
  • B.S. in Fire Protection Services with options in:
    • Fire Administration
    • Fire Medic
    • Fire Science
  • B.S. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Department of Military Science
  • Two-year and four-year programs leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army
Department of Recreation, Park, Tourism, and Hospitality
  • B.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration with additional options in:
    • Adapted Recreation and Inclusion
    • Community Organizations
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

The College of Education and Human Services offers minor programs in the same fields as the major programs and options listed above (except Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language Education, Exercise Science, Fire Protection Services, Health Services Management, Middle Level Education, Multilingual Education, Nutrition and Foodservice Management, Physical Education, Public Health, Social Work, and Special Education). In addition, the college offers the following minor programs that have no corresponding majors: Coaching, Corrections, Criminalistics, Event Planning and Management, Homeland Security, Horticulture, Hospitality Management, Legal Studies, Middle Level Literacy Teaching, Military Science, Nonprofit Administration, Occupational Safety, Outdoor Leadership, Scuba Diving, Security Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Therapeutic Recreation, and Youth Leadership.

College Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting University graduation requirements, students in the College of Education and Human Services must:

  1. Achieve and maintain the minimum scholastic standards in the comprehensive major or a major and minor program.
  2. Complete a comprehensive major or a major and minor appropriate to the department and curriculum in which the student is enrolled.

Academic Advisors

Students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Services will be provided with academic advising in the College of Education and Human Services Advising Center. Advising is an integral part of any academic program. Advising assists students with registration, academic planning, and meeting graduation requirements. Students must meet with their academic advisor each semester prior to pre-registration.

Licensure to Teach

Students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Services who wish to obtain a teaching license must meet all criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program, complete the Teacher Education curriculum, and complete the major requirements for Teacher Education students as described under the various department offerings in the college. See Teacher Education for additional information and specific requirements.