Since 1885 the tradition of Springfield College has been to educate outstanding leaders to serve our communities. Beginning with YMCA pro-fessionals, the mission expanded to include the fields of health and fitness, counseling, education, medicine, social work and sports education in the College’s five schools. The School of Human Services (SHS), as a premier adult education degree program for human service workers, enhances the tradition with more than 25 years of experience in assessing and evaluating the educational needs of adult learners, designing programs and services that integrate the academic and social aspects of returning to school as adults, and respecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of the communities we serve.
SHS programs and services are adult-oriented. A convenient weekend schedule enables students to attend college full time while continuing workplace, family and community commitments. Learning is enriched as students put into practice on Monday morning the skills and knowledge they acquired during the weekend classes. With three terms per year, we offer an accelerated time frame for completing a degree.
The curriculum focuses on leadership development and encourages students to discover and refine their sense of voice and personal empowerment as leaders to effect social change. They learn to think critically, write powerfully and effectively and acquire research and action skills that foster collective work and responsibility. Both curriculum and teaching practices are designed to help students achieve their educational goals. The SHS educational model actively involves students in collaborative learning: integrating life and work experiences with classroom learning; creating opportunities to learn from each other; and learning from faculty who are valued for their connections to workplaces and communities as well as their academic credentials.
Community and global partnerships are another exciting part of the SHS experience. Since 1994 Springfield College and the YMCA of the USA have collaborated to bring SHS programs to urban areas served by Ys, resulting in five new and thriving campuses across the country. Local community partnerships bring educational and development opportunities to health workers in the greater Boston area, Head Start staff in the greater Philadelphia area, and youth workers in southern California. Global partnerships have resulted in degree programs in Sweden and Africa and leadership training modules in Brazil for the Brazilian Federation of YMCAs.
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