I want to welcome you to the website for the School of Education and Professional Studies (SOEPS). There are many exciting and rewarding careers to pursue in the SOEPS. I invite you to go to the website for each of the three departments (Education; Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports; and Nursing Education) for additional detailed information. Each department reflects the mission of the University as we prepare our students with the academic rigor to be critical thinkers and problem solvers with the technical skills to enter the world of career opportunities. We also embrace the vision of Shepherd University, and our faculty value the liberal arts which help prepare students to be future leaders who will make a difference in this world.
The SOEPS faculty are very dedicated to providing pedagogical challenges to their students. Each faculty member brings unique strengths to the SOEPS with solid experiences in the schools, clinical settings, or other places of employment related to their discipline. The faculty provide stimulating and challenging classes where the students are fully engaged. Faculty are involved with scholarly work and present professional presentations at the local, state, national, and international level. The faculty and staff are actively involved in service at the University and with professional communities in the Eastern Panhandle. The faculty are able to arrange professional opportunities for students in both the public and private sectors. They provide diverse experiences for our students with endless opportunities in schools, clinical settings, and with a variety of internships.
The programs in the Department of Education, Department of Nursing Education and the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport are nationally accredited. The Department of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Nursing Education is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In October of 2014 the Recreation and Sport Studies Program achieved National Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Programs (COAPRT) within the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). There are more than 1350 majors in the School of Education and Professional Studies.
The facilities for the School of Education and Professional Studies are spread throughout the campus and range from “stately and historic” to “state-of-the-art”; these buildings represent the past and future of the School of Education and Professional Studies. The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (HPERS) is located in the Butcher Center, built in 1989 and named in honor of former Shepherd president James A. Butcher and his wife Evelyn. The Butcher Center, the largest building on campus, is shared with the athletic department and is the location for graduation and other events. A new human performance laboratory, with up-to-date fitness and health testing equipment, provides endless opportunities for the students, faculty, and community members. The new Wellness Center, located adjacent to Butcher Center, opened in 2009. The Wellness Center, built for the recreational and fitness needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members, also provides additional teaching space for the HPERS department. The Department of Education is located in Knutti Hall, a majestic, white pillared-building built in 1904 and named in honor of John Knutti, the eighth principal (president) of Shepherd. It represents the long history of teacher education at Shepherd. The education pre-school is located in Stutzman-Slonaker Hall. Nursing education is located in Erma Ora Byrd Hall, which houses new clinical simulation laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, computer lab, seminar rooms, and technology enhanced classrooms. This showcase building, built with federal funding obtained by Senator Robert C. Byrd, is named in honor of Senator Byrd’s late wife.
All of the students in SOEPS participate in field and clinical placements or internships. Seventy-five percent of the undergraduate courses in education have required field components and the education students experience a semester of student teaching. Students in nursing education participate in clinical experiences each semester. Students in HPERS participate in a variety of experiences both in and outside of class prior to the nine-credit internship they take during their last semester.
The faculty and staff provide endless opportunities for the students because they are committed to helping them be prepared for a successful and exiting career. I welcome you to explore the websites and discover the many possibilities in the School of Education and Professional Studies. Thank you again for exploring our websites. I wish you the best of success.
Provost Christopher Ames
Acting Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies