Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares undergraduates and graduate professional personnel in the delivery of clinical services to individuals requiring supportive patient care. The department utilizes a clinical training model that provides experiences for attaining the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level, independent practice of speech-language pathology. CSD gives particular attention to the clinical health care needs of the region in its research, outreach, and service programs in communication disorders.
The Department of Education offers degree programs in early childhood studies; elementary, middle school, secondary, and K-12 education; and a post-baccaleareate special education program all leading to Minnesota teacher licensure. The Department of Education has adopted the Learner-Sensitive Teacher model, and each program emphasizes the five themes of diversity, collaboration, reflection, empowerment, and technology.
The mission of the department is to prepare teachers, provide a wide range of in-service and graduate programs for school personnel and educators in non-school settings, and provide expertise in instructional methodology and technology. The department also engages in a variety of research and development activities related to teaching and learning and contributes to the liberal education program at UMD.
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is to promote the health and physical development of people throughout life. The department offers degrees in athletic training, exercise science, health education, physical education, and recreation. Within these programs are a variety of majors, minors, certifications, and concentrations that give students the knowledge, skill, and attitude to make a valuable contribution in their specific profession.
The Department of Psychology is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Its purposes are to offer students a firm grounding in the discipline; to contribute to the liberal education goals of the University; to provide the community with people trained to apply psychological principles constructively; to prepare students for advanced study; to contribute to the advancement of psychology through research and other scholarly activities; and to enhance the professional development of the staff.
The mission of the Department of Social Work is to promote the well-being of all individuals, families, groups, and communities and to advance social justice through teaching, research, and service. The department provides graduate social work education to prepare advanced practitioners for northern Minnesota and beyond. Priorities of the department include preparing culturally competent advanced generalist social workers, emphasizing services with American Indians and their communities, services to children and families, and social work education for practice in rural settings.