College of Education & Human Service Professions


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College of Education & Human Service Professions

The faculty and administrative officers of the College of Education and Human Service Professions are dedicated to preparing highly qualified leaders. Students are prepared for employment in industry, school and non-school educational settings, community agencies, and government.

CEHSP is made up of five academic departments and a variety of centers that promote research and practice in the social and human sciences. Our collective teaching, scholarship, and service supports student development as engaged citizens, reflective learners, critical thinkers, and evidence-informed practitioners in a culturally-sensitive, socially-just learning environment.

The Department of Education

The mission of the Department of Education is to prepare learner sensitive educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to contribute to a better society. The Learner Sensitive Educator Conceptual Framework is the shared foundation for all education programs at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). The framework is built on a foundation of professional standards and emphasizes five themes: reflection, collaboration, empowerment, social justice, and technology.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

We welcome your interest in our department and invite you to explore the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders home page for information about our undergraduate and accredited graduate programs in speech-language pathology. The academic and clinical faculty represents specialties in aphasia, augmentative and alternative communication, stuttering, voice, language development and disorders, articulation, phonology, phonetics, anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, and audiology. We offer excellence in academics and provide comprehensive clinical services in speech language pathology and audiology to Duluth and the surrounding community.

The Department of Applied Human Sciences

The Department of Applied Human Sciences includes 22 full-time faculty members with teaching and research interests in athletic training, exercise science, public health education and promotion, physical education, and environmental and outdoor education. The curriculums of the degree programs reflect the accreditation standards of the various disciplines. Students graduate from these degree programs with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree, and there are currently over 500 majors enrolled in the degree programs offered by the department.

The Department of Social Work

The mission of the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth is to promote human well being and advance social justice through teaching, research, and service. The education we provide is based on the knowledge, values, and skills of social work; and is grounded in the profession's history, purposes and philosophy. The program has a strong commitment to serving under-served and underrepresented populations, and is one of the few programs in the nation that includes a special focus on American Indian social services. Our program also offers content on clinical, rural practice, child welfare issues, and cultural competency.

The Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology provides an usually strong combination of applied and research opportunities in psychology. We have affiliations with dozens of service providers, institutions and agencies in the Duluth area that allow for structured, supervised internship opportunities many of which have led to paying jobs. Class-size for upper level courses is generally 30 students, so instructors can provide more individual attention than at larger institutions. Also, in the past few years our outstanding faculty members have won campus or college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service. We are happy to now be able to also offer a Master’s degree in Psychological Sciences.

Other Centers housed in CEHSP:

The American Indian Learning Resource Center

The American Indian Learning Resource Center exists to enrich the cultural, academic, supportive, and social environment of the UMD campus. Our mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of American Indian and Alaskan Native students, while promoting a more culturally diverse campus environment. Working in conjunction with UMD staff, the AILRC provides supportive services to empower and aid in the success of our students and to enhance their educational experience.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center (BLELC) was established in 1994 and features a strong and unique partnership of UMD’s College of Education and Human Service Professions, Minnesota Power, and St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department. In addition to offering research opportunities to those at UMD, we also offer family events, professional development and K-12 field trips. We depend on our natural resources and face a future of increasingly more complex resource issues - it’s crucial that we understand the interrelationship between our environment, society, and the economy. 

Center for Environmental Education

The Center for Environmental Education is dedicated to facilitating leadership and educational experiences that foster environmental sustainability through outdoor and environmental education. We offer several undergraduate degrees, one master's degree and a certificate in environmental education. Our vision is to be a leader in education for sustainability by serving as a catalyst for collaboration among campus departments and community organizations, sponsoring educational opportunities, facilitating outreach and civic engagement opportunities with off-campus organizations and agencies, and encouraging research activities that support the goals of environmental sustainability.

The Children’s Place

UMD Children’s Place is founded in the belief of the critical importance of the first years of life and the need to embrace the diversity of our world today.  The mission of UMD Children’s Place is two fold: To provide quality, nurturing care of children while their families are at work or study and to provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities for UMD students in order to enhance their classroom learning with practical experiences. The program is licensed to provide full time care to 46 children between the ages of six weeks and the first day of school.

Preschool at the Park

The UMD Preschool at the Park (formerly known as Enweyang Preschool), located at our beautiful Chester Park site on the UMD campus, is committed to providing high quality and play based early childhood care to young children. UMD Preschool at the Park is a preschool program serving children ages 33 months to 5 years old. As of fall 2016, our program will operate Monday through Friday from the first day of UMD fall semester classes through the end of May term. Full and part time enrollment options are available. UMD Preschool at the Park is designed to be a model program that continually evolves to meet the shifting intellectual/emotional needs of parents and their children. Its goal is to provide quality, innovative preschool experiences that are play-based, student-centered, and keyed to the environmental and cultural needs of the Twin Ports area.

The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a teaching clinic for students pursuing degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  The clinic serves community members in need of speech-language-hearing services.  Clients receive services from student interns under the supervision of CSD Faculty who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education 

The Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education develops and facilitates quality educational experiences and services for those working in public service in schools, education, and other agencies serving American Indian people.  The Center also supports cohorts of American Indian students, who are instructed around an Ojibwe world view. The philosophy, course work, and course projects are related to the health, well-being, history, culture, and education of Native peoples. We provide effective educational experiences that allow American Indian students to translate and articulate their knowledge and skills into viable solutions.