Dean's Welcome

On behalf of the staff and faculty of the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS), I warmly welcome you to the University of Michigan-Flint.  In SEHS we are deeply committed to offering a student-centered environment in which you can pursue your dream to become a world class teacher or a community-engaged social worker.  Your experience at UM-Flint will help prepare you to become a leader in your field and to change the lives of those you touch.  And you’ll have the opportunity to reach your career and life goals while working side by side with a world-class faculty, who are dedicated to integrating classroom practice, cutting-edge research, and collaborations with you at the local, regional, and global levels.

If your calling is to become a teacher, we have many options for you to consider. Our Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education Programs combine classroom, research, and community based learning to provide you with a well-rounded, real-world education in teacher preparation.   Our Nationally Accredited Early Childhhood Development Center is a centerpiece of our teacher training programs and a hub for faculty-student collaborative research.

If you already are a P-12 educator, administrator, or both, you might consider one of our graduate programs, all of which are designed to fit your busy lifestyle and work schedule.  In addition to our MA in Education, MA in Special Education, and our new Post-MA Education Specialist degrees, we are currently working on the design of a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D), which we hope to begin offering in the future.

Community Engagement is critical to the mission of the University of Michigan-Flint and to the School of Education and Human Services.  We offer our students unique opportunities to learn both inside and beyond the walls of the classroom.  Experiential learning is a way to connect your education with real-world experiences, and our academic programs do just that.  For example, our Social Work Department, which recently received national accreditation for its undergraduate programs, is deeply engaged in community-based programs and community-based learning experiences that bring students, teachers, and community members together to solve real-life problems.  The social work curriculum also includes minor programs of study in Substance Abuse Treatment and Crisis and Disaster Prevention and Response. 

With a further commitment to undergraduate student research, professional development, and a rigorous and dynamic curriculum, the School of Education and Human Services stands ready to assist you on your journey to an education that will help you change our world for the better.  Together we can do anything!

Interim Dean Bob Barnett