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Education & Human Development

Welcome to the SEHD

Today’s educational and organizational environments require well-educated, capable and caring professionals. Our graduate programs are rigorous and competitive. They’re flexible and designed for busy, working adults.

Shenandoah University's School of Education & Human Development prepares practitioner-leaders by offering programs of study that conform to the following principles: practicing in a spirit of collaboration; thoughtful examination of the foundations, current contexts and future possibilities of the fields of study; encouraging proactive, problem-centered philosophies of educational and professional practice; producing graduates who will be knowledge-driven, competent decision-makers whose thinking is informed by reflective practice; and preparing caring, capable and reflective teachers, administrators, human services and public sectors practitioners.

Our master's and doctoral programs are unique in their emphasis on the application of theory to real-world problems and lived experiences. Administration and Supervision Licensure and Teacher Education Licensure programs have each earned accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)..

Graduate Programs

Shenandoah University offers master’s and certificate programs that meet Virginia Department of Education requirements for licensure. Programs are inquiry-driven, problem-oriented and focused on public education foundations through course requirements, internships and field research.


Undergrad Programs

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences seeking to become licensed as teachers take courses in the Arts and Sciences as the predominant part of their first two years at the University. Courses that relate to teaching, children, and schools are the predominant part of their third and fourth years in the program. Students in the programs seeking endorsement in elementary or secondary education will be required to declare a major in one of the following liberal arts areas: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, kinesiology (PK-12), or University Studies (PK-8).

Accomplished Faculty Mentors Make The Difference

Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate educator, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.

SEHD Faculty

Areas of Study