2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Education and Human Services

Dean: Dr. Joyce Piveral, Director, Teacher Education

“Teaching is our passion.......Learning is our profession.”

The College of Education and Human Services includes the Departments of Behavioral Sciences; Health and Human Services; Professional Education; the Horace Mann Laboratory School; and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families.

The college contributes to all facets of education within the University by providing courses which assist students in fulfillment of the General Education courses; offerings leading to the completion of B.A., B.S., and B.S.Ed. degrees; and elective coursework.

The professional preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Services and the Professional Education Unit are accredited by the Missouri State Board of Education (2014) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Vision Statement

The vision of the College of Education and Human Services is to provide highly competent professionals who are lifelong learners, reflective thinkers and ethical leaders exemplifying the ideas of literacy, scholarship and social justice in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Education and Human Services is to create learning communities in which students and professionals develop partnerships with families, communities, schools, businesses and other public agencies to assist students in acquiring knowledge, skills and values critical to a democratic society. As a result, we prepare students for leadership careers in business, industry, education, government, recreation, public service and health and wellness.

The goals of the college are to:

  • Provide students a strong knowledge base in general education.
  • Provide opportunities for specialization through majors and minors.
  • Provide opportunities to develop values and ethics within the academic discipline.
  • Provide opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate in research
  • Provide services to the community and surrounding region.
  • Provide opportunities for continuing and graduate education.

Vision Statement for the Professional Education Unit

The Northwest Missouri State University Professional Education Unit prepares highly effective, ethical, professional educators who possess the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions in order to embrace the responsibility for the learning of all children in a diverse and dynamic society.

Mission Statement for the Professional Education Unit

The Northwest Missouri State University Professional Education Unit will be a catalyst for education excellence by preparing PreK-12 professional educators who apply best practices to positively impact learning.

Our Pledge:

Based upon our vision and mission, the Northwest Missouri State University Professional Education Unit serves education candidates as our primary focus in order to develop professionals who:

  • Possess the requisite level of knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions;
  • Model integrity and professionalism;
  • Promote social justice, the inherent worth of each individual, and the ideals of a democratic society;
  • Facilitate an educational environment that embraces diversity;
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with educational professionals, students, parents, communities, and other social agencies; and
  • Use technology in a meaningful, purposeful, and authentic manner.

Continuous Improvement and Program Quality

The Professional Educational Unit (PEU) organizational structure is designed to maximize input from and empowerment of the entire education community. Cross-functional teams of college faculty, PreK-12 faculty, and students function to ensure continuous study and improvement of programs and processes around issues of importance to the college, such as technology integration, a curriculum representative of our nation’s diversity and consistent evaluation of assessment data on program performance.

One source of input for program improvement is gathered from Comment Cards available online at the Northwest website for use in bringing issues of importance to the attention of the appropriate administrator. Students may use these cards to share comments, suggestions or complaints regarding an office, department, program or activity in the University community. All Comment Cards relating to teacher preparation are compiled for reporting of issues and opportunities for program or process improvements to the Council on Teacher Education.

Teacher Education Resources

Professional Education Cheryl Malm, Assistant Director
Educational Field Experiences Gregory Rich, Director
Horace Mann School Sandy Seipel, Principal
Teacher Certification Kim Hullinger, Certification Officer
Teacher Education Student Services (TESS) Amy Wilson, Coordinator
Alternative Certification Terry Barmann, Coordinator
Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families   Cindy Scarbrough, Director
Professional Education Unit Assessment Michael McBride
Regional Professional Development Center Rebecca Baldwin, Director