Faculty of the college take full advantage of UIS’ location in the state capital by maintaining close ties with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services. Faculty serve on a variety of professional advisory boards and on the boards of local social service delivery agencies. Due to the large number of state government employees, educators, and human service professionals in Springfield, the college’s academic programs are vital to the city’s economic and employment base.
Students enrolled in the college’s programs prepare for professional careers as social workers, teachers, counselors, school administrators, gerontologists, public professionals, and researchers. Programs in the college are closely involved with the Applied Study and Experiential Learning Term and the Career Development Center to ensure that students have realistic career objectives and receive field experience in their chosen professional areas.
The Social Work department has national accreditation and works closely with a wide variety of human social service agencies.
The Human Development Counseling department is nationally accredited and provides three concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling.
The Human Services department prepares graduate students for employment in the fastest growing segment of society, including providing direct services to senior centers and nursing homes, administering and evaluating service-delivery systems for the elderly, and assisting in legislative bodies that serve older persons. The human services program’s areas of concentration are designed to provide advanced professional training for graduate students in human services such as family therapy, child therapy, social service administration, adult development and aging, social change, and substance abuse.
The Teacher Education department provides students majoring in other disciplines the opportunity to complete their required study to become licensed and enter the teaching profession. A major goal of the sequence is to prepare licensed elementary and secondary teachers who are competent in subject matter and who understand the psychological and sociocultural characteristics of learners.
Within the Educational Leadership graduate degree, students may choose between the General Administrative certification or the online Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership certification. Students completing the educational leadership graduate degree are prepared to become educational instructional leaders, supervisors, curriculum directors, or administrators in school systems.
Faculty use a variety of innovative teaching strategies and technologies in the classroom and apply their research and scholarship to the course work that they teach. Many of the faculty have national and international reputations in their areas of expertise.