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College of Education and Human Sciences

What we do.

In the College of Education and Human Sciences, we focus on enhancing human potential and improving lives and communities through the promotion of mental, physical and financial health.

EHS is home to two schools: the School of Education, Counseling and Human Development and the School of Health and Consumer Sciences. We offer 19 undergraduate programs, 16 minors and more than 20 graduate programs and certificates that prepare our students to become leaders and advocates of well-being that address global issues related to health and education.

Our faculty provide a world-class education, conduct leading research and fulfill our university’s mission of outreach by impacting and positively changing communities in our region. Dedicated to the academic, professional and personal successes of our students, our faculty is second to none.

Welcome to EHS. We invite you to join us in enriching the lives of others and enhancing the human potential.

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Explore our schools and programs.

The variety in the College of Education and Human Sciences is what makes it so special. Explore the many degree paths you have waiting for you.

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Who we are.

Our college's students can't be easily defined. They strike out on so many unique and impactful paths. We'll let the amazing work they're doing speak for itself!

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Alexa Steiner

Hospitality management

"My most interesting class? Hospitality Industry Law gave me the understanding of how to start a business, and I got to network with other business leaders on how to make a business successful."

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Dan Brom

Aviation education

"From the classroom to the cockpit, instructors are always finding something new to share. The best day in class was taking one of SDState's planes up and doing spin training!"

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Loren Vaillancourt

Exercise science

"Some of my favorite SDState experiences came from the pre-pro science club. It was nice to build relationships, connections and my resume all at the same time."

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Undecided? Or ready to explore your future? Our team is ready to talk about what makes the College of Education and Human Sciences especially ideal for you.

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Todd Foster, George S. Mickelson Middle school principal, was recently awarded the South Dakota Principal of the Year Award.

Brookings middle school principal, SDSU alum given top SD award

Todd Foster’s decades-long career in education has taken him in different directions and led him on a path of service to his students, school and community. This year, the South Dakota State University alum’s dedicated journey is being honored at the state level. Foster, who serves as principal of George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, was recently named the top principal in the state of South Dakota.
South Dakota athletic trainers gather on the Capitol steps with Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden during the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association “Hit the Hill Day” in Pierre.

Athletic training advocacy leads to licensure law change

The career possibilities for athletic trainers in South Dakota are expanding thanks to the efforts of a South Dakota State University clinical assistant professor. Educating future athletic trainers in the SDSU School of Health and Consumer Sciences and serving as the president of the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mary Beth Zwart has made an impact on the profession and on her students.
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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate students make up about 10% of the student population across 57 graduate programs and 29 graduate certificates offered at South Dakota State University. Each graduate student is immersed in research and scholarship with the support of their advisor and the Graduate School staff.