The College of Education and Public Affairs is a collection of scholars committed to the advancement of people and cities through sustainable and equitable economic and social development. We work toward this goal daily through our research, education, and public service. Learn about our Schools and Departments.
School of Communication
Our School of Communication is a dynamic community of students, faculty, and administrative support staff that exemplify the traditional university missions of teaching, research, and service, while engaging with the community.
Our faculty bring real-world expertise to the classroom, deepening our students understanding of theory and best practices reflective of the field of communication today, while providing real-life application of skills through hands-on learning opportunities. We infuse experiential learning throughout our classroom teaching, placing emphasis on current and emerging digital trends to prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in fast-growing career fields.
Students in our School of Communication are equipped with a foundation in strategic communications and digital communications practices. They learn to interpret research and data and communicate it in an effective way; strategize, plan, execute, and evaluate ethical and effective communication; and navigate real-world communication challenges that organizations face today.
School of Urban Affairs
Our School of Urban Affairs is recognized as one of the best public affairs schools in the nation by US News & World Report. The School is ranked 3rd in the US in the specialty of Urban Planning and Policy, 7th in the specialty of Local Government Management, and maintains a strong standing in the specialty of Nonprofit Management.
The School offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional development programs in fields that guide and advance vibrant and sustainable communities, including urban studies, public administration, urban planning, environmental studies, nonprofit management, and organizational leadership.
Our collection of scholars combines practical experience with research and theory, delivering excellence in teaching to prepare the next generation of community leaders. We are committed to the advancement of cities through sustainable and equitable economic and social development, and we work toward this goal daily through our research, education, and public service.
Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning
Our Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning provides programs that engage students in real-world learning experiences. This Department offers graduate degree, certificate, and licensure programs in Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning. Our students obtain employment in a variety of world-class healthcare organizations, school districts, and higher education institutions. Also see CEPA's Education and Human Services information page.
Department of Criminology and Sociology
Our Department of Criminology and Sociology applies an interdisciplinary approach to major social issues, contributing to societal transformation, facilitating greater well-being, enhancing public safety, and maximizing our impact in our community and beyond.
Our faculty and curriculum equip students with the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to work in a wide variety of career settings, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, social and community service organizations, and health services.
Students study a wide variety of topics including social inequality, criminology, gender, race, ethnicity, and law, while developing research skills and the ability to understand and connect individual lives with wider social forces.
Department of Curriculum & Foundations
Our Department of Curriculum and Foundations offers Master's Degree and endorsement programs such as the Master of Urban Secondary Teaching, Educational Research & Assessment, Gifted & Talented Education, Educational Technology, and Chinese Language Licensure programs. Also see CEPA's Education and Human Services information page.
Department of Teacher Education
Our Department of Teacher Education offers undergraduate programs, graduate licensure and degree programs, and certificate and endorsement programs. Our preparation programs are well designed for prospective and experienced educators. Teacher Education faculty are fully engaged in teaching, research, and service that ensures quality preparation of our candidates across programs. Also see CEPA's Education and Human Services information page.