College of Education, Health and Human Studies

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Our faculty are leaders in teaching you to do the things we do. That sounds like a pretty great partnership to us.

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Drs. Ivan and Wanda Davenport Endowed Scholarship Established at Southeast

The Drs. Ivan and Wanda Davenport Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Dr. Wanda “Sunny” Davenport of Festus, Missouri, made a $10,000 gift to establish the award in honor of her husband, the late Dr. Ivan “Joe” Davenport. This scholarship is meant to encourage students who have a passion for [...]

Southeast Welcomes Back Pet Friendly Community

Students can ditch the sad goodbyes to their pets as Southeast Missouri State University welcomes family pets and their student owners back to campus for the second year. A mix of dogs, cats and small caged animals will be joining campus life again this fall semester along with their incoming student owners. “We are very [...]

Southeast Student Exploring the Great Outdoors as Summer Camp Counselor

Southeast Missouri State University student Veronica Southworth is spending her summer as a camp counselor at Camp Henry in Newaygo, Michigan, making sure summer campers have fun and create lifelong memories. “Every day, I’m responsible for a group of campers from the time they wake up until the time their head hits the pillow,” said [...]


Doing your dream job before landing your dream job

Experiential learning. Those are fancy words for getting real world experience. At Southeast, we believe education means more than classroom experience. That's why, here, you’ll train a team, teach your own class, develop an app, care for patients or conduct research all as part of your curriculum.

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Launching Extraordinary Careers

96%of our Education, Health & Human Studies graduates are employed or in grad school one year after graduation.

88%of our grads say their courses gave them the skills/knowledge required in their field.

35,000alumni connections waiting nationwide.

1.9million job openings for teachers in the next five years.

Nursing jobs expected to grow
15%by 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Council on Academic Accreditation Accepts Speech-Language Pathology
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Creating World Class Learning Spaces

From the world’s only EDvolution Center to world class hospitals, clinics, and labs, you’ll be learning at facilities designed to prepare you for the professional world.

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Financing your Education

Here’s the bottom line for your bottom line: Southeast is one of the top 2 institutions in Missouri in accreditations, and it’s in the top 5 of the lowest cost universities in the state! That means you can be assured you’re getting a quality education at an affordable price. Plus, we award $20 million in academic scholarships and 1,500 endowed scholarships each year to further help you with the cost of your degree. College can be challenging, we’re working to make paying for it easier.

Forging a Network

Our nursing program has been in place for 60 years, and our education program has existed since 1873. That’s a strong network to be a part of. Find out more about what our alumni are doing and see what you could do!

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/// From the dean

Welcome to the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The College is comprised of seven academic departments: Child and Family Studies; Communication Disorders; Early, Elementary, and Special Education; Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation; Leadership, Middle, and Secondary Education; Nursing; Psychology and Counseling. In addition, there are numerous outreach projects and centers which provide valuable services to the community and the region. These centers and outreach projects provide our students with valuable hands-on learning experiences.

The faculty of the College are experienced, dedicated professionals. They strive to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their profession and opportunities for practice. The faculty are committed to innovative teaching practices and developing students' skills. Each department has unique examples of this in practice, but many can be seen by visiting the EDvolution Center.

Innovation is not simply a buzz word in this College, it is at the heart of our practice from curricular design, to classroom instruction, to the experiential learning practices we employ. We believe that the development of skilled, reflective practitioners builds off the base of a quality, innovative curriculum. It is capped off with high quality experiential learning in settings that fit the student’s needs.

Explore our website to learn more about the programs and opportunities for you. Feel free to send questions or request additional information. We believe that we have a lot to offer and want you to be part of the experience.

Dr. Joe Pujol, FACSM
Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies

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College of Education, Health and Human Studies
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College of Education, Health and Human Studies
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701