The College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences is committed to educating and serving students who desire a quality education in an environment where "Service is Sovereignty." Remaining true to its mission, the College continues to attract and serve students from diverse, underserved and oppressed populations from rural and urban communities. The College is dedicated to preparing entry and advanced level professionals who are equipped to compete in the global market. One core area of our mission is to prepare students to demonstrate measurable success in their identified area of competence. Students are provided with a knowledge base platform for ongoing professional development within their perspective disciplines. The College strives to compile, review and coordinate a curriculum that focuses on core competencies that are compliant with the governing accrediting bodies.
Achievement in the College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences is demonstrated through the successful matriculation and graduation of well-trained, qualified, highly skilled students who are able to effectively communicate and provide quality service to society at large. Importantly, students are prepared for advanced levels of education through the attainment of terminal degrees in their respective disciplines. The College provides critical thinking skills necessary for professional development, research and practice.
Alabama A&M University's College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences has proven its dedication to serving students in North Alabama and neighboring states. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The retention rate for students admitted into the Teacher Education Program is 78% over a four to six year time span. Nearly 88% of these graduates are employed in their field of study and many have returned to enroll in our advanced degree programs. Additionally, our candidates have an outstanding passing on selected portions of Praxis II. The average grade point average of program completers is 3.39 and 92% of program completers are recommended and received teacher licensure and certification in the state of Alabama.
Three departments constitute the Education component of the College: The Department of Reading, Elementary/Early Childhood Education and Special Education, the Department of Educational Leadership and Secondary Education, and the Department of Health Sciences, Human Performance, and Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Students in these departments are trained to become educators, educational leaders and speech language pathologists, among many other professions.
The Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Department of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts constitute the Humanities component of the college. Through courses in literature, language, music, art and film, students are exposed to a variety of modes that humans, through history and space, have used to express their tragedies, their triumphs and their aspirations, with the end to make them appreciate humanity’s diverse cultures and heritage.
The interdisciplinary specialties in the Department of Behavioral Sciences share a unique alignment. Students are prepared for professional practice at the entry and advanced levels for practice with at risk vulnerable populations. Students are also trained to examine and develop policies for addressing the needs of at-risk, vulnerable and oppressed populations in a global society.
The College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences at Alabama A & M University fosters empowerment through education. As with the rest of Alabama A & M University, we are committed to providing students with the basis for professional development to serve the needs of a changing society in a rapidly consolidating world. Come join us in our movement to effect social change towards excellence through this educational experience in the 21st century and beyond.