Points of Pride - College of Education and Human Services
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.U.S. News and World Report ranks the college among the top 100 graduate education schools in the nation in the “2017 Best Graduate Schools” guide. Rehabilitation Counseling ranks fourth; Technical/Vocational Education ranks fourth; Social Work ranks 103rd while the Speech-Language Pathology program ranks 120th.
- The Rehabilitation Institute is one of the largest, most comprehensive university-based programs in the country. The Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration (RCA) program faculty is ranked in the top three for research productivity over a 10-year period.
- The college attracts about $20 million annually in external funding for a number of initiatives, including school and human service partnerships, student assistantships, equipment and travel, and faculty/student summer support.
- 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.
- SIU is ranked among the top 25 percent of undergraduate secondary teacher preparation programs in the United States by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
- Dhrubodhi Mukherjee, social work associate professor, received a $1.2 million federal grant from the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services to fund a Trauma-Based Behavioral Health Fellowship, providing final-year graduate students the opportunity to enhance their education through advanced training and a paid fellowship.
- The first SIU Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is Behavior Analysis and Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders, taught first during the spring 2015 semester. The free course is open to anyone. Rural Schools Initiative brings various SIU colleges together to meet the needs of Southern Illinois school districts by offering educational opportunities to students and teachers from these schools. The project covers 29 counties including 136 rural schools and more than 200,000 students.
- Students in the Teacher Education Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the edTPA assessment for the fall 2015 semester. Before they can apply for licensure to teach in Illinois, teacher candidates must pass the evidence-based performance assessment of teacher candidate effectiveness developed by Stanford University. SIU students surpassed the average Illinois scores in physical education, performing arts, elementary math and literacy, and also in secondary science, math, history/social science and English.
- 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.
- Bobbi Knapp, associate professor of kinesiology, is leading a female veterans oral history project in partnership with the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and the Library of Congress. The project chronicles the experiences of women who are serving or who have served in the United States military.