First, thank you for your interest in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Decisions about which university to attend and what majors to pursue are big ones for students and their parents and family members. We appreciate you taking time to look at the College of EHS and assure you that if your student is a Jackrabbit in our College, we will do our best to help assure his/her academic success as well as personal, social, and career development.
The College of Education and Human Sciences prides itself on Enhancing Human Potential. We view this mission as being multi-faceted. Our first priority is helping your students enhance their own potential as they prepare for careers that involve educating and enhancing potential across the human spectrum. We plan to help your students grow in terms of academic and career achievement as well as in social and interpersonal development. We will challenge them to think critically and engage intellectually, emotionally, and physically in their education. As we challenge, we also offer support and guidance.
Our faculty are a group dedicated to their professions and their students. They provide your students a rigorous and exciting curriculum, and help mentor them into their chosen careers. Our faculty pride themselves on ensuring that your students can step with confidence from graduation into their chosen professions.
Take, for instance, one of our College's largest major by student enrollment: Early Childhood Education. This is a profession that is in high demand. At State, students can customize their education for precisely the age group they're interested in. Another example is Secondary Education. Students who wish to teach high school major in their chosen content area but then add a teaching specialization. This allows them to gain a solid proficiency in their chosen area while simultaneously getting the theory, practice, and experience of being at the guiding end of a classroom. Our education students spend two semesters student teaching and they can still finish school in four years.
Teacher preparation is just one of the things that we do well. Our Nutrition and Dietetics program is another example. The national average of Dietetics majors landing internships is about 50 percent. Due to the strength of our preparation, 90 percent of our students are placed. These experiences lead to a loyal and successful alumni base, many of whom reinvest in today's students. The Faye Tyler Wade Food Lab, a $384,000 renovation was completely financed by College alumni and friends. This learning laboratory brings the finest equipment possible to our students and even allows them to operate a "Café" one day a week. We are doing cutting edge research in exercise science, consumer behavior, human development and more. We have an Early Childhood Learning Laboratory and are working to develop an Innovation Lab for secondary education. Our Apparel Merchandising program is home to a 3400 piece Historic Costume Collection and our Aviation Education program houses six training planes and two simulators.
These are but a few examples of excellent programs in the College of EHS. We have 15 majors and numerous minors, including 12 nationally accredited programs. While there is a great deal of diversity in our offerings, they are all connected through our mission of helping to enhance human potential. Students in our college benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise of faculty and research that cuts across the human sciences and better prepares them for today’s (and tomorrow’s!) workforce.