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 positively impact 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 acquire integrated theory and practical knowledge with "hands-on" experiences through service learning projects, clinical experiences, internships, and student teaching. Once you decide to join us as a student, I encourage you to get involved with one or more of our student organizations. The Psychology Club, Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society, the Student Social Work Association, Phi Alpha, the National Social Workers Honor Society, the Criminal Justice Society, Kappa Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society are all organizations found within the Department of Behavioral Sciences. The Department of Health and Human Performance offers the S.H.A.P.E. Club, the Sports, Health, Athletics, and Physical Education Club. SNA, the Student Nurses Association, the Nurses Christian Fellowship, and Sigma Theta Tau chapter of Pi Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing are all organizations found within the Department of Nursing. ACEI, the Association for Childhood Education International, CEC, the Council for Exceptional Children, STEA, the Student Tennessee Education Association, The Page Turners, and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, are all organizations found within the Department of Educational Studies. As you can see, we offer a wide variety of organizations that will provide you with opportunities for service and leadership within your chosen area. Many of our undergraduate students choose to go on to graduate school after completing their undergraduate requirements.
The College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences is also home to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program. This is an interdisciplinary and individualized route to a bachelor's degree for non-traditional students with some prior college work.
Cynthia H. West, Dean