Mission and Goals | Kent State University

Mission and Goals

In 2009, the College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS) merged six longstanding departments/schools into four schools: the School of Health Sciences, the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration, the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, and the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. This handbook details the policies and procedures of the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES).

The School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES) supports the University and College mission statement. The School sees its strengths in its quality teaching, engagement with the education and human service community, and scholarly activity leading to knowledge and skills for the attainment of a professional career in the fields of counseling and counselor education, educational and school psychology, instructional technology, human development and family studies, gerontology, rehabilitative counseling, and special education. The School is committed to enhancing the quality of social and personal life for the citizens of Ohio, the nation, and the world through the professional preparation and development of competent scholars and practitioners within a range of specializations. In addition, the School is committed to the nurturance of creativity, inquiry, and breadth of perspective in students.

In learning how to serve others as well as realizing their own potential, students are offered the opportunity to explore and determine their responsibilities for enriching the individual and collective lives of a diverse constituency. The education of our students, therefore, must enable them to represent fairly the needs and rights of those they serve by fostering growth, opportunity, cooperation, and independence.

Areas of School emphasis include enhancing the quality of life in educational and community settings. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees are available to prepare persons for administrative, education, instructional, and/or human service roles. Graduates may be employed in a variety of settings including elementary or secondary schools, higher education, government or private community‐based or human service organizations.

School Faculty is dedicated to enhancing students’ professional growth and success along with contributing to the body of research and scholarship in their respective fields. Faculty members seek community partnerships to foster student inquiry and serve the contemporary needs of society. Service to students and their subsequent service to the contemporary needs of society are among the School’s highest ideals.

The goals of the School are to:

  1. Attract and retain academically talented, professionally committed, and under‐represented students for the purpose of helping to prepare and develop scholars and practitioners.
  2. Provide a supportive work environment which is conducive to professional growth and development; to recruit and retain culturally diverse Faculty of high quality; and to nurture a community of scholars pledged to academic and professional excellence.
  3. Model, promote and support quality teaching, engagement with the education and human services community, and scholarly activity.
  4. Encourage the generation and dissemination of scholarship that contributes to the knowledge base and exemplary practices utilized by scholars and practitioners.
  5. Provide effective, collaborative service and assistance to practitioners in educational, human services, and research settings.
  6. Sustain nationally accredited, exemplary programs of professional preparation and development of scholars, practitioners, and researchers in education and human services.