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Why EHS?

Why choose the College of Education and Human Services?

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Why I chose a Ph.D.

Sylvia Gray, Ph.D. Student, Education Administration and Higher Education

When asked why she chose to pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Sylvia Gray, had the following to say:

Upon completion of my Ph.D., I would like to serve in both an administrative and faculty capacity (at a university within the Midwest or Southeast as these area are close to home). I believe that it takes a blend of scholar-practitioners and practitioner-scholars to advance the dual purposes of academia and administration in reaching any educational mission. In terms of research, I wish to continue pursing topics related to the areas of identity, privilege, policy, higher ed law, and Black Women in STEM. My hope is that research in these areas will serve as an asset in my journey toward a tenure-track position. My educational goals also include a desire to eventually teach and work at a university overseas and on the campus of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). I enjoy working with all types of students, so I aspire to extend my service and scholarship to other populations in different educational and geographical environments. I have a sincere enjoyment for student mentor-ship which makes me look forward to using the rest of my career to support other ambitious scholars in reaching their goals. MORE >>


"I am a first generation college student and because of this, I believe Southern Illinois University Carbondale has impacted me more than other students who have come from a family of college graduates. I am making a pathway for my three younger sisters to attend college. Through attending SIUC I have discovered how to meet new people, stretch my goals and make them a reality. I have been fortunate enough to attend classes each semester and have been placed in amazing schools for my observations. I have had the opportunity to learn from wonderful professors. Attending SIU allows me to dream about my future and how I want to become an elementary teacher and reach all of my goals. This is something my mother and father were never able to do. I am allowed to think of what I want out of life and SIU is helping me to get there. I am so fortunate to be a student here.”

Misty Clerk
Elementary Education


"SIU is one of only two schools in Illinois that offers a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis. Without this program, I would not have been able to get my degree.”

Katelyn Mullen, MS, BCBA
ABA Services Supervisor, The Center for Children’s Services a Division of Aunt Martha’s Youth Services


"Southern Illinois University Carbondale has greatly impacted my life in a positive way. The campus is awesome and I'm in interesting classes that pertain to my major. I've met great people in the Kinesiology Department, as well as in dorm and apartment life. I couldn't be happier with where I'm at."

Adam Wassel
Student in Sport Administration


"This position [as Center Coordinator for COEHS Teacher Education Program] is, without question, the best job I have ever had in so many ways. It has been fulfilling and rewarding beyond my wildest hopes. I feel like I am doing something that is worthwhile and significant to the lives of others. It is easy to do the work that is required because I never feel I can do enough for students like ours and for a committed staff like ours. I am always receiving as much, or more, than I am giving. For weeks after graduation, I kept remembering those happy faces and I reminisce about their amazing accomplishments. Then, when we hear they are hired in teaching positions, it all comes full circle. Just think how, together, we have improved the teacher candidate pool in Lake County! Those SIU Carbondale teachers are out there making a difference in classrooms and in the lives of students."

Carol Crane,
Teacher Education Program, Center Coordinator
Southern Illinois University Lake County Elementary Education Program

For skills

"...has given me the skills needed to become an award-winning educator."

"Because of Faculty and Staff"

Is cited as one of the main reasons students chose the College of Education and Human Services.