College of Education and Public Affairs

About Us

The College of Education and Public Affairs (CEPA) at Cleveland State University offers interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees by offering tools to address complex urban, human, and societal challenges.

CEPA, encompasses areas of CommunicationCounseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult LearningCriminology and SociologyCurriculum and FoundationsTeacher Education, and Urban Affairs - to offer an innovate approach to learning within an urban research university. A powerful combination of instruction and real-world experiences ensures that our students graduate fully prepared to contribute to the civic, economic, and educational development of our region and our world.

CEPA students are afforded opportunities for scholarship, research, mentorship, experiences in the field, and service to their community. The program offers wider and deeper collaborations in education (PK-12, Adult Education, and Educational Leadership), economic development, city planning, public safety- bringing diverse disciplinary tools to bear on complex urban, human, and societal challenges through expanded research and new ways to use communication in policy development.

CEPA students will be trained to address complex societal challenges that are inextricably linked but cannot be addressed in isolation. Our graduates will be deployed to address inequities (in education, health, and mental health), public safety, technological advance, climate change, as well as innovations in how to educate, train, and re-train the workforce in a dynamic economy.

CEPA researchers routinely put their knowledge into action, engaging with decision makers at the international, national, state, and local levels. Our research centers and programs have served as the focal point of applied research, technical assistance, and public service in Ohio and beyond.

Research Centers housed within CEPA include:

Center for Community Planning and Development Community Learning Center for Children and Youth
Center for Economic Development Criminology Research Center
Center for Education in Leadership CSUteach
Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education Diversity Institute
Center for Population Dynamics Energy Policy Center
Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Office of Civic Engagement
Center for Urban Education (CUE)