College of Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University is a fulfilling and enriching environment where an up-to-date curriculum and hands-on training place you firmly on the road to success.

As the first chartered state teachers college in Pennsylvania, our long-standing commitment to children, families and individuals is reflected in our academics, now extending to undergraduate and graduate degree programs in counseling, education, social work, criminal justice, exercise science and military science.

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The College of Education and Human Services program offerings ensure students are career and certification-ready for some of the most selfless callings in society, from teaching the next generation of citizens to serving those most vulnerable among us as a counselor or a social worker.

The COEHS houses rigorous and diverse undergraduate major and minor areas of study, certificate-only programs, licensure assistance and graduate, post-graduate and doctoral degree programs.

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Accredited Education, Counseling and Human Services Programs Focused on You

Graduates of Ship’s College of Education and Human Services degree programs enter into professional careers that transform the lives of families, schools and communities.

Because of superb academic and experiential preparation, graduates are ready to pursue the further credentials they need to practice as a teacher, social worker or counselor in Pennsylvania and beyond. College partnerships with credentialing bodies in North Carolina and Virginia can assist you in gaining certifications in those states.

Learn from highly credentialed faculty and gain the meaningful, relevant experience necessary to serve as impactful teachers, social workers, counselors, fitness-industry experts, members of the military and members of the criminal justice system.

COEHS Internships and Applied Experience

Targeted internship and field experience opportunities are available to Education and Human Services students throughout the state, from criminal justice to social work and exercise science.

Each undergraduate or graduate program opens doors in a growing career path through opportunities to gain hands-on work experience in a specific field. Criminal justice students, for example, may intern in police departments and attorney's offices. Students in teacher education graduate programs take a service learning trip to Jamaica where they deliver lessons in schools and work on community projects to enhance local socio-emotional development. 

Internships and experiential learning opportunities facilitated by the College empower our students to make connections and actively understand what it means to work in their chosen career path.

Review available internships and professional experiences for each COEHS degree program.

On-Campus Lab School

Ship boasts the only on-campus university-affiliated public laboratory school in Pennsylvania, the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School (GBLUES).

Students in Ship’s education programs have become familiar with all kinds of learners through GBLUES, observing classes from observation booths, tutoring students in core content areas and participating in activities with entire classrooms.

Students in our teacher, teacher education and counseling programs have this unique chance to immediately apply their classroom learnings to serve 130 real students. Additionally, students studying exercise science and social work can gain laboratory experience in this primary school setting.

Learn more about our functioning model school, GBLUES and review further student teaching field experience information.

Centers of Distinction

Shippensburg’s commonwealth-leading dedication to lifelong learning designates specialized programs to increase the professional experience of our instructors and student teachers. In our signature areas of emphasis — school-based mental health and poverty awareness — we bring together our faculty’s combined expertise in education and human services fields to understand complex social issues impacting citizens locally, nationally and globally.

Check out the student and community outreach services offered by our Centers of Distinction:

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Accreditations

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates are accredited by:

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Dean’s Message

On behalf of the College of Education and Human Services, welcome! We are excited to see you considering our dynamic, multidimensional degree programs as the next step in your academic journey. Our undergraduate and graduate teaching and human services programs represent a breadth of choice and allow each student to create an enriched pathway for service learning and field experiences that promote well-rounded growth.

When you graduate from Shippensburg, you’ll join a thriving alumni community of individuals who have carved their niches across numerous career paths. COEHS students have become leaders who transform the lives of others and our society’s landscape — our youth, our families, our school environments and our communities. 

COEHS Mission Statement

Our college is charged with upholding a learning environment in which faculty, administration, staff and students work together to develop a lifetime commitment to service to others. Together, we define who we are and who we aspire to become as members of the College of Education and Human Services community. Our graduates are living and working in our community, state, country and around the world.

College of Education and Human Services Admissions and Aid

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The College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University offers comprehensive academic and experiential preparation for teaching and human services careers through excellent bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certification programs.

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Academic Departments

Shippensburg offers three Master of Science (MS) in Counseling program concentrations as well as certification-only programs in mental health and drug and alcohol counseling. Research-driven coursework and clinical experiences form high-quality degree programs that educate future mental health counselors, school counselors, college counselors and college personnel.

Our students also become prepared to teach future counselors and student affairs professionals through our Doctor of Education (EdD) program in Counselor Education and Supervision and Master of Education (MEd) in K-12 School Counseling.

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The College of Education and Human Services accredited teaching and teacher education degree programs range from undergraduate programs preparing elementary/middle school level teachers in various disciplines (BSEd) to master’s degrees in teaching (MEd, MAT) and industry-relevant certificate programs.

Undergraduate education majors and graduate students alike benefit from unrivaled opportunities for applied experience in the local community. Our on-campus public elementary school, the Bartos Child and Family Center and the Head Start program are just a few spaces where you’ll develop your skills by practicing with actual students.

Ship’s bachelor’s and graduate programs in early childhood education, STEM subjects, reading and literacy, global languages and curriculum and instruction are reflections of our deep engagement with quality teacher preparation. Depending on your career goals, you will observe classes in elementary, secondary and community college settings.

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Our bachelor's and master's programs in special education allow students to immerse themselves in practical experiences. You’ll be challenged by active collaborations with the HIRE ME program (Helping Individuals Reach Employment Milestones Everyday) and several on-campus practice work sites.

The Department’s Educational Leadership master’s degree and certification-only programs are designed to prepare credentialed K-12 principals, superintendents and leaders in curriculum and instruction or administration.

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The Department of Social Work and Gerontology offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program, an applied gerontology minor and a flexible Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program available online, part-time or full-time. Our interinstitutional partnerships have also generated a 2.5-year BSW degree completion option.

If you’re interested in entering the field or extending your social work job opportunities, our flexible programs train students in a generalist approach to enhance the quality of life across various populations. Graduates of Ship’s bachelor’s and master’s in social work programs also move seamlessly into agency or policy creation work. For example, one graduate works in federal lobbying and strategy from a social work-centric, informed perspective.

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Graduates of Ship’s criminal justice degree programs can begin or advance their career in law enforcement, probation, corrections, juvenile justice, loss prevention or law practice. Former students now work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and in police departments and court systems nationwide.

The Department’s bachelor of science program, flexible online and weekend graduate programs and minor program and Certificate in Victimology and Victim Services make up one of the most popular academic areas on campus.

Our students produce groundbreaking research in the field through applied experiences only available at Ship. For example, our weekend-format juvenile justice administration degree program, designed for current probation professionals, is offered in conjunction with the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.

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Ship’s Exercise Science Department is home to our tailored bachelor’s degree in exercise science, minor programs in exercise science and coaching as well as a career-expanding certificate in group fitness training.

Focus your degree in human performance and fitness, pre-health professions or pre-athletic training and gain unique experience through internship opportunities and student research. Whether you want to enter the workforce after graduation or apply for graduate programs in fields like kinesthesiology, athletic training and more, the Exercise Science Department offers strong preparation.

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Shippensburg’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and corresponding military science minor program position you to become a qualified officer in the U.S. Army — a distinctly effective manager, problem solver, decision maker and planner who can lead others in any setting or situation. In the future, career paths can include active duty as well as those in civilian industries, the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Combine Ship’s military science coursework and summer drill training with a primary major in any discipline to develop skills in basic military concepts and leadership.

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