Our Mission, Vision and Values

The College of Education & Human Sciences is a one-of-a-kind college in Nebraska, and one of only a handful of colleges in the country that combines the fields of teacher education; educational psychology; individual and family development; consumer sciences; counseling; leadership and administration; nutrition and health; special education; communication disorders; and textiles, clothing and design into a single college aimed at improving people's lives. The interrelated and multidisciplinary nature of the College promotes innovative ways of looking at issues, asking questions, and seeking solutions to complex problems.Research, Teaching, Outreach


The College of Education and Human Sciences is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities and to strengthening the relationships among them.


In pursuing our mission, the faculty, staff, students, and graduates of the College of Education and Human Sciences are guided by shared values that inform every aspect of our work.

Specifically, we value:
  • Excellence in all aspects of the life of the College;
  • Innovation, creativity, and curiosity as we address the complex issues facing individuals, families, schools, and communities;
  • Respect for diverse people, ideas, voices, and perspectives;
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to scholarship that integrate teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and creative activity, outreach, and service;
  • Working together to positively impact the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities;
  • Partnering with people in the community to support the mission and vision of the College of Education and Human Sciences;
  • Combining the strengths of a research and land-grant university by emphasizing both the creation of new knowledge and its application to human and community needs.


The College of Education and Human Sciences is a vibrant, diverse community unified in its commitment to improving people’s lives. Here people with varying interests, backgrounds, roles, and talents thrive and each member’s contribution is respected, supported, and valued.

In CEHS, we:
  • Enact our values in every aspect of our work;
  • Model excellence in teaching and learning, research, outreach, service, support, and administration;
  • Successfully integrate the missions and traditions of a research university with those of a land-grant institution;
  • Enact our mission in ways that make the College and its graduates distinctive;
  • Earn national and international recognition for advancing knowledge,discovering solutions to critical societal problems, developing professionals for the field, and enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities.

A Brief History of CEHS

We have a long history steeped in tradition, service and academic achievement dating back to 1894 and 1908 when the seeds for our founding colleges were planted. In the fall of 2003 the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences joined together with Teachers College to create a new college: The College of Education and Human Sciences.

Throughout our history our college has been a pioneer in research, a resource for the state of Nebraska, and a training ground for emerging professionals in a wide variety of fields.

Highlights from Our History


1894 Rosa Bouton developed a course called Chemistry of Foods.

1908 The UNL Board of Regents established Teachers College to focus on "the history, theory and practice of teaching to improve the quality of secondary teaching".

Temple High School ( also called Teachers College High School ) was established as a laboratory school for the College.

1920 Teachers College building was dedicated. It is now Can field Hall North.

1928 The first building dedicated to study of child development west of the Mississippi was opened. It was named for Ruth Staples, who taught the first child development course at Nebraska. building

1964 The College created the first Department of Clothing, Textiles and Design featuring majors in Interior Design, Textile Design, Textile Science, Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design.

1970 The School of Home Economics was raised to status of College of Home Economics. Student enrollment tripled, and the college expanded into two new home management laboratories.

1980's Teachers College was identified in a national study as having the top student teaching program in the country.

In the 1990's a distance education doctoral program was established, the first of its kind in the nation.

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1993 The Educational Psychology department was ranked No.1 in the country in scholarly publications.

In 1994 The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, the only gallery dedicated to textiles in the region, was established.

1997 The International Quilt Study Center was added to the college to promote the appreciation of quilts as an art form.

2003 Teachers College and the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences join together to create a new college dedicated to strengthening individuals, families, schools, and communities.