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College of Education & Human Sciences

Dean Sue Jolly-Smith

Dean Sue Jolly-SmithWelcome to the MUW College of Education and Human Sciences. Programs within the college are building upon strong traditions. In the early 20th century, the campus housed the state’s first domestic science classes, prepared some of the first licensed teachers, and set standards for physical and emotional health.  Today, we deliver traditional courses and degree programs while being innovatively responsive to current demands and trends. 

Graduates of the College of Education and Human Sciences emerge as well prepared professionals and as strong candidates for professional and graduate schools. Our students can expect both challenges and rigor while engaged in opportunities to use the most recent technological innovations.   The disciplines within the college foster and support quality of life for both the students and the individuals they will serve professionally.

As a graduate of MUW, I am both humbled and honored to serve as the leader of the college which has meant so much to me in my own personal and professional growth.  The quality faculty with whom I am privileged to work are unequaled in both their abilities and their commitments to our university and students.  This campus is a student-centered one, and that is evident through the quality mentoring, advising, and instruction that faculty provide to the students.

The Department of Education provides practical, relevant preparation for educators.  The work of our graduates is well respected in the schools of our region, as well as in schools throughout the world.  MUW graduates stand among the ranks of exemplary teachers and school leaders.  MUW undergraduate teacher candidates experience a series of well planned, developmentally designed clinical assignments in area schools, which begin very early in their education degree programs. The department offers a number of unique, quality graduate degrees in education that are strongly practitioner based as well and are offered with opportunities for online as well as face to face study.  The MUW Educator Preparation Programs have been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, now merged and renamed, Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP) since 1964.  All education degree programs are approved by the Mississippi Department of Education and aligned with Mississippi Educator Licensure.

Within the Department of Health and Kinesiology, students can earn degrees in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, including a track for teacher certification. Degrees can also be earned in Health.  The department is home to a new and popular Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education, which is one of the university’s fully online degree programs.  The well respected Master of Science in Health Education is also taught fully online.  Graduates of both of these programs are charting new directions within the health care industry. Within Kinesiology, students can also choose tracks that prepare them to enter Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Schools, with a high rate of acceptance for MUW students to these professional programs.  This department houses the university’s General Studies Program and also serves the university by providing an array of course offerings to encourage physical and health fitness.

The Department of Psychology and Family Studies offers a strong undergraduate program in General Psychology, which many graduates successfully use for preparation to pursue study in respected graduate schools in Psychology. The Family Studies program is aligned with the standards of the National Council of Family Relations and builds upon the traditions from those earliest domestic science classes.  Both of these programs have strong research components and graduates serve in well-respected roles throughout the world.  The department also contributes to the liberal arts preparation of all MUW students through course offerings.

The College of Education and Human Sciences is also home to the Center for Parent and Child Development, and provides child care and quality early childhood instruction for children ages 1 – 4.  All members of the center staff  have earned Bachelors or Masters Degrees and provides an environment that nurtures the growth of the children physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.  The center provides a service for university student parents, faculty and staff parents, and the larger community.

To prospective students, we invite you to come to campus to meet the faculty and learn more about the differences these programs can make in your lives as well as in the lives of others.  As a teacher myself, I especially enjoy the time that I can spend meeting our students and finding ways to help you succeed.

To our current students, the most valued part of my job is when I can find ways to help you achieve your goals.  Please know that I want to hear about your needs and concerns as well as your successes.

To parents and families of students and prospective students, please know that we take seriously the responsibility of preparing your family members to enter the professional ranks while respecting and honoring them as individuals.

To fellow alums, we respect the strong reputation that you have earned for us and keep diligent in our work to uphold and continue to earn that respect through our preparation of future graduates. As members of the long blue line, you honor us through your accomplishments. We want to keep in touch with you and to know your professional and personal stories.

To professional colleagues and others, especially our K-12 partners, we welcome opportunities for improvement and collaboration. Please let us hear from you.

Thank you for visiting our website.  I am available for conversation or appointments, 662 329-7175; email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or in the MUW Education and Human Sciences Building, 520 11th Street South, Columbus, MS.


Sue Jolly-Smith, Ph.D.
College of Education & Human Sciences
Mississippi University for Women

1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439