Stephen F. Austin State University

Mission Statement

Mission Statement


The Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership prepares undergraduate 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 counseling in school, community mental health, and rehabilitation settings; rehabilitation services; 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.


The faculty of the Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership are committed to recruiting, training and retaining, to degree completion, a racially/ethnically diverse body of students across all socio-economic backgrounds, points of origin and cultural affiliations. Admitted students are expected to be committed to academic excellence, optimal levels of character development (i.e., respect, care, responsibility, unity and integrity), and becoming knowledgeable in respective disciplines and the educational objectives associated with being most competitive in the world of work (i.e., personal responsibility, social responsibility, written and oral communication, quantitative analysis, critical thinking, teamwork and content knowledge area in major).

The overarching objective of the collective training environment is to develop future leaders in their respective disciplines through 1) adherence to national accreditation standards and empirically supported practices and 2) ensuring students' exposure to a diverse body of highly qualified faculty who are teacher/practitioner/researcher/scholars. Instructional activities include a wide range of modalities (i.e., face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online), opportunities for engagement in research and exposure to within-department, local, statewide, and nationwide evaluated field experiences and practica/internships.