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Stephen F. Austin State University

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Department of Human Services prepares undergraduates and graduate students for leadership and service roles in work with diverse populations within the USA and the global community. The department is committed to the incorporation of community-based, service-learning experiences within its educational programs to maximize the advancement of students' personal and professional development.

Objectives of the department include the preparation of professionals for career areas related to human services, which include: special education teachers in elementary and secondary schools; counseling in school, community mental health, and rehabilitation settings; rehabilitation services; deaf and hard of hearing; orientation and mobility; vision impairment; communication disorders; speech language pathology; and school psychology.

The mission of the Department Chair is to: a) monitor and facilitate the enhancement of the training environment for all students; b) monitor and facilitate the professional development of faculty; c) provide oversight of the departmental budget to maintain solvency and operations of all academic programs; d) organize curriculum to meet accreditation standards and professional best practices; e) engage in leadership activities associated with recruitment; f) maintain accreditation status across all programs; and, g) monitor academic programs' and departmental clinics' and laboratories' compliance with College and University policies and practices, state, professional administrative rules, and relevant national standards.