School of Education, Health & Human Services
The mission of the School of Education, Health, and Human Services is to cultivate inclusive, dynamic learning environments that prepare students — you — for professional careers to serve the diverse needs of others.
Our vision in the School of Education, Health, and Human Services is to graduate ethical and culturally competent professionals who thrive in their careers and model excellence by championing the education, health, and personal growth of our global citizens.
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the School of Education, Health, and Human Services, otherwise known as EHHS. I am Denise Simard, and I have the distinct honor and pleasure to serve as dean.
My connection to EHHS is longstanding as I am a SUNY Plattsburgh alumna from the special education program. I am extremely grateful for the lessons I learned while a student in EHHS. I learned the importance of teaching excellence, professionalism, having an open mind, and championing initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a student majoring in special education in EHHS, I learned the importance and need to embrace vulnerability and courage. Being vulnerable and daring means you are taking risks and pushing the boundaries which create authentic and meaningful change, which is courageous. Learning these lessons is part of the Plattsburgh experience.
The EHHS community is special because we are bound together by the common thread of service. Our work requires gratitude, courage, and vulnerability. Whether you are a first-time college student, an experienced professional, or an individual seeking to change or advance your career, EHHS can offer you a supportive, caring, and collaborative learning environment.
In EHHS we understand that each journey requires a path; however, not every person can thrive on the same path. Therefore, we have designed programs that are accessible and meet your learning needs as you learn the art of making a difference.
Dr. Denise Simard
Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Services
Learn the Art of Making a Difference
When you become an EHHS Cardinal, you will embark upon a complex journey that relies on the understanding of yourself, your chosen path and the human condition. In EHHS, we recognize that in order to be an effective professional, you must be true to your values of helping others achieve their goals. Our programs are intended to facilitate lifelong learning and growth; honesty; collaboration; appreciation; respect and empathy; social justice; and broad mindedness.
EHHS offers high quality learning experiences. All of the programs offer applied or experiential learning opportunities to assist in preparing for your chosen field. These experiences are designed to be transformational and promote the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills that facilitate personal and professional growth. In EHHS, we recognize place matters and the place that matters most is the place you plan to make a difference. Therefore, many of our programs allow you to complete your culminating field experiences, internships, and clinical placements in your local communities.
What to Expect
When you join EHHS, you will become a member of a learning community that is committed to creating an inclusive climate and sense of belonging. Most programs in EHHS are nationally recognized and are second to none. Our EHHS faculty and staff are extraordinarily accessible and seek to guide you in your career and personal development as well as serve as your mentor. Faculty are current in their discipline and strive to engage you in transformational experiences which help you achieve your goals of success and making a difference in your community. You are encouraged to take advantage of these teachers, mentors, and leaders and embrace the Plattsburgh experience.