Academic Catalog

College of Education and Applied Human Sciences

EKU Campus

Dr. Elizabeth E. Smith, Dean
Combs 421
(859) 622-3515

Dr. Dana Keller Bush, Associate Dean
Combs 407
(859) 622-5063

College of Education and Applied Human Sciences Strategic Plan 2022-2030


Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Education and Applied Human Sciences will pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service to the university and our stakeholders, and will foster the pursuit of excellence among our students.


As Eastern Kentucky University is the School of Opportunity where everyone belongs, the faculty and staff of the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences also meet students where they are to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Student success is ensured through innovative knowledge-building and personalized support to help students develop proficiency and confidence as practitioners and leaders in their fields. The College’s graduates are lifelong learners, invested in their own development and the wellbeing of all with whom they work and live.

Strategic Priorities

Goal 1: Knowledge

The development and dissemination of knowledge, including the process of acquiring, reflecting on, and transferring knowledge into new contexts, is the defining characteristic of the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences. Inside classrooms, across campus, and through community-based placements, the college’s faculty and staff lead students, alumni, and stakeholders as they create, apply, and share knowledge.

Goal 2: Innovation

The College’s faculty and staff embrace the university’s call for innovative thinking and bold action. Innovative approaches to teaching and supporting students today impact graduates in the field tomorrow and empower the university’s next generation of students. A willingness to ask and define “what’s next” positions the college to strengthen families and shape communities now and in the future.

Goal 3: Transformation

Because education changes lives, transformation is central to all that the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences does. Students select majors in our college because they want to make a difference in others’ lives. To honor their ambition, the college maintains an academic environment that supports students’ intellectual growth and creativity; their desire for purpose, inclusion, and collaboration; and their ability to advocate for themselves and others. To accomplish great things, the college’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni prioritize equitable access to knowledge and opportunity, dignity, and respect for others.

CEAHS Advanced Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

  • Elementary, Middle, Secondary Education (P-12)
  • Literacy (P-12)
  • School Counseling 
  • School Librarian
  • School Leadership
  • Special Education

Master of Arts (MA)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
  • Communication Disorders

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

  • Teacher Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Specialist in Education (EdS)

  • Education Administration and Supervision