Photo of Dean Lucas speaking at a podium.

Message From the Dean

Welcome to the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) at Montclair State University. As you explore our website and read about our outstanding students, faculty, and academic programs, you will discover that we are working in multiple ways to produce a healthier, better educated and more just society. This important mission unites all of us in the College as we work within and beyond CEHS to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.

CEHS offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that provide access to professional knowledge and expertise for a range of professions.

Students interested in teaching, special and inclusive education, family and child studies, public health, nutrition, dietetics, food management, food science, counseling, educational leadership in K-12 schools and higher education institutions, athletic training, exercise science, literacy education, early childhood mental health, program evaluation or student assessment will find strong academic programs that are continuously refined and updated to prepare graduates for employment and leadership in today’s demanding, selective workplaces.

Housed in state-of-the-art facilities in University Hall, CEHS is a center of creativity, innovation and excellence, where students, faculty and staff create solutions to community problems, invent innovative practices and curriculum, and engage in and publish cutting-edge research.  Drawing on a long tradition of working to increase equity, social justice, democratic practice, critical thinking and reflection, the College serves as a leader in preparing professionals to work collaboratively to change people’s lives.

As you explore the website, you will see that CEHS faculty and students are engaged in a multitude of activities to do just that.  These activities include preparing the very best teachers and educational leaders for schools in New Jersey and beyond; working to eradicate disparities in health care and health outcomes related to race, social class and gender; preparing counselors to work with marginalized people such as those with HIV/AIDS, addictions or mental health problems; reducing violence and aggression in families; preventing and treating injuries related to athletic activities; promoting more nutritious diets for particular populations such as people in assisted living situations, young people in schools, university students and people in poor communities and countries; promoting equity and inclusion for young people who are labeled in ways that result in their discrimination in schools and in other settings; and preparing future scholars who will make important contributions to the knowledge in your fields

An outstanding faculty and staff provide support for student success beginning when they make decisions about what career to pursue and what program to enter, and continuing through their courses and internships, their explorations of where and how to apply for a job, and their efforts to advance professionally. The College has a strong international, national, and local reputation for the quality of our programs, faculty and graduates.

Montclair State University’s graduate programs in elementary and secondary teacher education were ranked among the top 15 in the US News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools. The rankings include all doctorate-granting schools of education from throughout the United States, and our programs placed ahead of those in renowned institutions such as Harvard, New York University and the University of California-Berkeley.  The University also is one of only two New Jersey institutions that were nationally ranked in the US News listing of Best Education Schools, and Montclair State was ranked in the top 100 education schools overall.

Join us at the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University and become a part of our outstanding academic community.

If you have questions about the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, please feel free to contact the Dean’s Office or any of our department chairpersons.  To learn more about our programs and to select the program that is right for you, please visit our Departments and Programs.

Tamara Lucas