Bachelor's Degrees | College of Education and Human Services | SIU

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Bachelor's Degrees

Our diverse selection of undergraduate majors assures you can pursue your passion, whatever it may be, as you begin the journey to the career of your choosing. We offer more than two-dozen undergraduate programs, many in conjunction with other colleges on campus.

Our programs include:

* = [Educator Licensure required] through the Teacher Education Program

*Agriculture Education+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Agriculture)

Our graduates work directly with youths and adults in a variety of agriculture arenas including classrooms, 4-H, cooperative extension and the industry. You’ll experience teaching, public relations and leadership training and have the opportunity to participate in collegiate agricultural organizations, too.  More >>

*Art Education+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts)

Joining with the School of Art and Design, we offer this program covering the various aspects of art education.  Our students develop and teach programs in the Saturday Young Artists Workshop series as well as in various community settings during their study.  More >>

Behavior Analysis and Therapy+ -

Rehabilitation Institute

SIU's Bachelor of Science program in behavior analysis and therapy offers a degree that is in demand and the opportunity to help people in need.

The program, which is one of only two in the country, gives students the tools to work with those with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism, the elderly and more. The curriculum emphasizes the assessment and measurement of behavior, the use of single-system research methodology to evaluate the efficacy of behavioral interventions and the application of behavioral principles to a wide variety of clinical and social problems. Curriculum GuideMore >>

*Biological Science Education+ -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Science)

For those with an interest in biology, we offer a broad-based interdisciplinary program offering two degree options, either through COEHS or through the College of Science.  Both offer access to the talented faculty and latest resources in microbiology, physiology, botany and zoology. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Health Education Community Health + -

(Health Education and Recreation)

The undergraduate program in health education focuses mainly on community health education and is appropriate for those students planning to conduct health education and health promotion activities in non-classroom settings. Curriculum GuideMore >>

Communication Disorders and Sciences + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

The fields of speech-language pathology and audiology are growing and our comprehensive program of classroom instruction and practical experience prepares you for a rewarding career focusing on human communication, its development,  and disorders and  treatment. Curriculum Guide | Curriculum Guide with Professional Educator Sequence | More >>

*Early Childhood + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

You have two specialization options in this program:  child and family services or preschool/primary.  While both choices prepare you for careers working with young children you decide if it is within a school setting or at non-public school settings including Head Start or childcare facilities. More >>
Child and Family Services (Non-Licensure) Curriculum Guide
*Preschool/primary Curriculum Guide

*Elementary Education + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Teachers make the world better one child at a time and our program prepares you for a career teaching in grades kindergarten through nine. You’ll find our graduates in public and private classrooms across the country and beyond.  Curriculum GuideMore >>

*English Teacher Education + -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the Department of English)

This program, accredited by the Illinois State Office of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, prepares you for certification as a high school English teacher. You will study language analysis and adolescent literature and learn best methods for teaching English. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Exercise Science + -


Our graduates are prepared to assess the components of adult fitness, design personalized exercise programs to develop and maintain physical fitness and manage physical fitness programs. There are diverse career opportunities in clinical and personal fitness settings. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Foreign Languages: + -

(Teacher Education Program in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts)

Foreign Languages Guide

French:  A major or even a minor in French enhances career opportunities in the field of education and beyond. This program, from COEHS and the College of Liberal Arts, gives you the tools you need to travel or work overseas or for research, study and teaching. Curriculum GuideMore >>

German: The German Studies Major is a versatile program and can be customized to complement a student's interest in various fields of study, while majoring or minoring in German.  Curriculum Guide

For information on transfer credits, assessment, placement, validating credit, and proficiency exams, see the Foreign Languages and Literatures section in the undergraduate catalog. Students who enter SIU with previous training in the language should consult with a language area advisor before enrolling for classes.

Spanish:  Through a variety of venues, activities and learning experiences, our students develop a high level of Spanish language proficiency and a broader knowledge of the Spanish speaking world. Since Spanish is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world and second in the U.S. only to English, graduates of this program will find enhanced job opportunities in many fields. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*History Teacher Education+ -

The History Education program of study is one of two ways to work toward licensure in Social Science Education with a Designation in History. This program allows teacher candidates to teach the social sciences and be considered a “highly qualified” secondary education teacher in history with a heavy emphasis in historiography, American history, and world history. Curriculum GuideMore >>

Leisure Services Management+ -

(Health Education and Recreation)

Graduates of this health education and recreation program are immediately eligible to take the examination to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. That’s a valuable credential for those seeking professional advancement in the field and your training includes internships, field experiences and more. Curriculum GuideMore >>

*Math Education + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Here’s your chance to share your love of numbers and calculations with others. Graduates of this program can teach high school mathematics or find employment in business or industry. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Physical Education Teacher Education + -


This specialization program includes classroom and laboratory experiences featuring basic and applied sciences.  Graduates are prepared to teach a variety of team and individual sports as well as exercise and dance. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management+ -

(Health Education and Recreation)

Graduates of this program, a recreation major specialization, can be certified as Wilderness First Responders and/or Leave No Trace educators. The program includes field experiences and an internship. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Organizational Training and Development + -

(Workforce Education and Development)

One of the goals in the mission of the Oganizational Training and Development Bachelor’s Degree is to recognize prior work-related education and training by giving University credit for past and current work experience. Some students will even finish with a bachelor’s degree in only 30 semester hours! There are regular and Capstone options and courses are delivered on campus, off campus and online.  Curriculum Guide  | Curriculum Guide (capstone)More >>

Rehabilitation Services + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

Our graduates work with people with all types of disabilities in a variety of settings, helping them live as independently as possible and participate as fully as they can in life.  The program provides students with the skills, tools and knowledge to succeed in the myriad careers possible in the rehabilitation field. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Social Science Education + -

A Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education is one of two ways to work toward licensure in Social Science Education with a Designation in History. This program prepares teacher candidates to teach the social sciences and be considered a “highly qualified” secondary education teacher in history and allows them to take additional advanced courses in geography or political science. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Social Work + -

(School of Social Work)

Our program, which includes a special focus on rural areas, delivers the professional social workers who meet human services needs in the region and around the world.  In the context of culture and diversity, our students learn what evidence proves works as they prepare for careers in a variety of social service areas. Curriculum Guide | More >>

*Special Education + -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

We prepare the highly skilled educators who teach in the field of special education or who serve in administrative positions at the elementary and secondary school levels.  This program also offers specialty options allowing our graduates to become learning behavior specialists or early childhood special education educators or earn dual certifications. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Sport Administration + -


Our graduates are finding a growing demand for those with sports administration expertise.  You will find employment opportunities in a variety of sports contexts including serving in the governing bodies of sports organizations at all levels, the corporate sports industry and youth and community programs. Curriculum Guide | More >>

Therapeutic Recreation+ -

(Health Education and Recreation)

Upon completion of this health education and recreation program, you’re eligible to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional examination, a valuable professional advancement credential.  The program includes an internship, field experiences and a comprehensive educational experience. Curriculum Guide | More >>