Message from Dean Matthew W. Keefer | COEHS | SIU

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Message from Dean Matthew W. Keefer

Dean KeeferWelcome to the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the university and our college.

We are proud to offer exciting careers in education and human services and as Dean of the COEHS I encourage you to take a closer look at our nationally recognized programs and course offerings. We have programs and degrees that will prepare our students to be successful in a wide range of careers: as teachers, athletic trainers, therapeutic recreation specialists, speech pathologists, social workers, school and community counselors, health educators, and administrators at schools, colleges and universities

We offer our students quality research and service projects across the college’s eight academic units and nine research and academic centers.

COEHS includes eight academic units:

Several of our programs have been nationally recognized for their excellence in several categories listed by U.S. News and World Reports (e.g., Tech/Vocational; Rehab/Counseling; Social Work; Speech Pathology). Please check out our excellent Teacher Education Program and our Workforce Education program which is the largest of its kind in the country.  We are also proud that COEHS is classified among the top military friendly programs in the United States by Military Advanced Education.

The COEHS has an excellent record in external funding that provides opportunities for our students to engage more fully with faculty and connect with our community partners. We have a proud history and enjoy the largest alumni of any College at SIU, with over 60,000 living worldwide!

Come and join us, and become a Saluki!

If you have any questions or want to visit just contact us at the COEHS Office in Wham Building, Room 115, at 618-453-2415 or

Matthew W. Keefer, Dean
College of Education and Human Services