Points of Pride - College of Education and Human Services

  • SIU spearheaded a collaborative that received grant funding through the Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois program to address the growing teacher shortage crisis in Illinois. The program allows high school students to get a jump-start toward a teaching degree, and SIU is currently partnering with seven nearby high schools to offer active future teacher clubs, increased opportunities to earn dual high school/college credits and more.
  • The college’s Motorcycle Rider Program was a frontrunner in the field, offering free training to riders of all ages. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, it was one of the first such programs in the country and has trained more than 80,000 people to safely ride. Classes are held on campus and at several other locations around the region from March through November for beginning and advanced level riders.
  • As part of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) rigorous accreditation process, our teaching programs in Elementary Education (ACEI), Science-Biology (NSTA), Social Science-History (NCSS) Special Education (CEC) and school Superintendent (ELCC/NELP) program received National Recognition status by their respective specialized professional associations.
  • Our music education program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and our art education program holds accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
  • SIU was named the top school in the country for education majors in terms of highest return on investment, according to GoBankingRates rankings posted by MSN.com and best college for education majors on GoBankingRates list of “The Best College Majors If You Don’t Want Any Financial Regrets.”
  • According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 rankings list our Rehabilitation Counseling program is among the top 12 graduate school programs in the country while the speech-language pathology program ranks 120th; social work is 121st and public health is 127th.
  • The SIU Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders provides invaluable services for affected children and their families, community service providers and the public as it serves as a teaching facility for SIU students. The center also conducts valuable research.
  • The Department of Kinesiology’s Strong Survivors program uses exercise as a therapeutic tool to help cancer survivors and caregivers get through their treatment and recovery. It is a valuable community service that helps participants maintain and improve their quality of life and it provides personal and professional growth opportunities for the SIU students who staff the program. Valuable research data is also collected.
  • Since fall 2015, our Teacher Education Program graduates have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the required edTPA (evidence-based performance assessment of teacher effectiveness), with many programs demonstrating superior performance by surpassing state averages.
  • Each spring SIU hosts the Southern Illinois Law and Leadership Conference, bringing together educators, administrators and school board members from around the region for professional development and networking. The college is a lead sponsor for the event.
  • The Special Olympics, the worldwide phenomenon that celebrated its 50th birthday in 2018, traces its origins to SIU and the pioneering therapeutic recreation work of William Freeberg. He served as a consultant for the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and assisted Eunice Kennedy Shriver in establishing Special Olympics. Freeberg, the first person to earn a doctorate in recreation, also established Camp Little Giant, the first university-affiliated residential summer camping program for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, at SIU’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
  • The college’s Elena M. Sliepcevich Symposium, named for a pioneer in health education and public health who served on the SIU faculty from 1973 to 1992, offers a unique learning and networking opportunity for anyone with an interest in child and adolescent health and school health education and guests have included internationally known experts in the field.
  • At the end of each semester, graduates from the Teacher Education Program are individually recognized in a special Student Teacher Pinning Ceremony, during which they receive an SIU pin from their public school mentor teachers. Family, friends, school administrators and SIU faculty are present as these new teachers are welcomed into the teaching profession.