Welcome to the College of Education and Human Services

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The College of Education and Human Services offers teacher certification programs to undergraduate students in the following areas:  Early Childhood (Birth-5 years); Elementary Education (P-5); and Middle Grades Education (5-9).  The college also offers Health and Physical Education certification (P-12) as well as P-12 Special Education certification, which must be paired with another education program.    

In addition, the college offers secondary teacher education programs in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences in the following certification areas:  Art Education (P-12), Biological Science Education (8-12), Chemistry Education (8-12), Earth/ Science Education (8-12), English Education (8-12), Mathematics Education (8-12), Music Education (P-12), Physics Education (8-12), Social Studies Education (8-12), and World Language Education (P-12).    

The college also offers degree programs to undergraduate students in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Social Work, and Human Services. 

The college offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for post-bachelor students interested in becoming certified in a middle grades or secondary teaching area.  For certified teachers the college offers a Master of Arts in Education,  an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, and a post Master’s Rank I program.  

In addition, the college offers a Counselor Education program at the Master's level in either School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Master of Social Work degree.  The college is also proud to be the first college on the NKU campus to offer a doctorate degree, an Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership. 

As part of its mission, the college provides a variety of innovative outreach programs to the community through its collaboration with P-12 schools and community agencies. 

The College of Education and Human Services is organized into five components:  (1) the Dean’s office including the Associate Dean and CAEP Coordinator; (2) the Advising Center which serves the undergraduate students, (3) the Department of Teacher Education which houses the IECE, elementary, middle grades, special education, and secondary education programs, as well as the graduate education programs; (4) the Department of Kinesiology and Health which houses the athletic training, exercise science, health and physical education programs, and (5) the Department of Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership which houses the social work (undergraduate and graduate) and human services programs, as well as the counselor education, educational leadership (principal prep) and Ed.D. programs. 

Accreditations, Affiliations, & Memberships

The teacher education programs in the College of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). This accreditation covers initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.  NCATE is transitioning to CAEP in fall, 2016.   The Athletic Training program is accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) and the Social Work programs fall under the accreditation by CSWE (Council of Social Work Education). The School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).

The College is also a member of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), and the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU).


Enrollment: 1,937
Undergraduate: 1,418; Graduate: 519

Degrees conferred: 484
Undergraduate: 292; Graduate: 192

Faculty: 120
Full time: 76; Adjunct: 42

Engagement Activities by Faculty: 37
Boards, Committees, & Commissions: 18
Individual Projects: 4
Institutional Initiatives: 3
Service Learning: 12

Service Learning Courses: 65

Grants Awarded to Faculty: 20

$1,994,410 in total