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"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone..."
~ John F. Kennedy

Core Belief…

Every child deserves a high quality education.

Central to this belief is that the best way to impact children is to give them highly competent enthusiastic educators who “have a heart for teaching.” Children are the foundation, where it begins. From there, we stand upon the notion that we are preparing professionals who have the opportunity to transform the lives of others as their educational journey provides an opportunity for their own reformation.

Making a Difference…

Since the College’s inception in 1967, our graduates have made a difference in our community. We are the largest teacher preparation program on the Gulf Coast with more than 85% of educators in the greater Mobile area having at least one degree or teaching credential from the College. The employers of our graduates comment that educators whom we prepare are well equipped to meet the demands they face in today’s schools Our graduates are highly sought after in their respective fields and are leaders in their profession. They provide leadership in an extensive range of health, fitness, sport, human improvement arenas, and leisure services. You will also find them serving as counselors and psychologists, and prominent instructional designers in business, industry, healthcare, and military environments.

High Quality…

The College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) offers an exciting learning environment based on a tradition of innovation and excellence. We offer opportunities to broaden your professional and cultural experiences, locally and internationally. Our teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Alabama Department of Education, our counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the Ph.D. program in Counseling and Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

More than Teacher Education…

By exploring our website you will find that, in addition to the rich offerings of teacher and administrator certification programs, we offer a variety of programs that lead to a Bachelor, Master’s, Specialist, or Doctoral degrees that will prepare you for an exciting career in a variety of settings.  Whether you choose health, exercise science, therapeutic recreation, instructional design and development, counseling, or a facet of teacher education, you will find that the College of Education and Professional Studies will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in serving others.

 An Engaged Faculty . . .

If you are pursuing your first professional credential, seeking advanced degrees, or exploring new certifications, you will find a support system of faculty and advisers who are committed to your success. They receive honors in teaching and excel in professional practice. Our faculty is well published and conducts research to add to the body of knowledge that advances our profession. In the College of Education and Professional Studies you will find a contagious enthusiasm in the classroom coupled with excellence in teaching that is driven by research to enhance their knowledge.

Fast Facts . . .

The process of teaching and learning is central to every career, and the College of Education and Professional Studies has the perfect pathway to move you forward in your professional journey.

At the College of Education and Professional Studies you will find:

  • Our programs emphasize best practices in authentic clinical settings.
  • Many of our graduates are recruited for positions even before they graduate.
  • Convenient online coursework meets the demands of your busy schedule.
  • Many of our programs offer opportunities to study abroad.

For these reasons and many more, come to the University of South Alabama, College of Education and Professional Studies. Your educational experiences in the College of Education and Professional Studies will be marked by scholarship that will challenge you, internships that will heighten your learning experiences, new and emerging technologies, and mentoring with dedicated faculty and successful professionals.

We want you to become part of our community. You will be glad you did!