The College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences has as its primary mission the preparation of a diverse clientele of students through a variety of program offerings which meet state, regional, and national accreditation standards, for either entry into the world of work or further academic study at the graduate level. Those who choose to enter the world of work include those prepared to teach Pre K-12 students and perform other school service functions as well as others who may choose to embark upon careers in such public service areas as nursing and other health-related services such as sports management or exercise science and wellness, government, social and psychological services, personnel management, and the criminal justice system. Those who continue academic study at the graduate level may pursue a Master's of Science in education degree leading to educational leadership licensure or school counseling as well as mental health counseling or an advanced degree in a wide range of occupations related to education and the behavioral sciences.
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Our programs prepare students to make positive contributions to their communities through careers as social workers, teachers, psychologists, police officers, nurses, sociologists, counselors, principals, exercise scientists, wellness specialists and other human services professionals. All of our majors have "hands-on" experiences through service learning projects, clinical experiences, internships, and student teaching to integrate theory and practice. When you decide to join us as a student I encourage you to get involved with one or more of our student organizations such as Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, Student Social Work Association, the SHAPE Club, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, or the Student Tennessee Education Association that will provide you with opportunities for service and leadership in a chosen area. Many of our students choose to go on to graduate school after completing undergraduate requirements.
The college is also home to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program which is an interdisciplinary and individualized route to a bachelor's degree for non-traditional students with some prior college work.
Cynthia H. West, Dean